Fixing the Air Force and other stories in this week’s Air Force Times


The Air Force’s new chief of  staff, Gen, Mark Welsh III faces several immediate challenges that include repairing the Air Force’s reputation, which has been mauled by the scandals at Lackland, Dover and the budget battle with Congress.

We lay out the major problems facing the Air Force and talk to experts about what needs to be done to fix what’s wrong.

In other matters, when the Air Force got rid of selective re-enlistment bonuses for airmen in Zone E, it screwed over airmen like Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Pachasa, a Tactical Control Air Party airman deployed to Afghanistan.

Pachasa recently found out that the $90,000 re-enlistment bonus he had been counting on will expire eight days before he becomes eligible for it.

And the remains of two airmen killed when their plane went down Vietnam in 1966 have finally been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Reporter Kristin Davis was present at the solemn ceremony that ended decades of waiting for both airmen’s families.

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