Author Jeff Schogol

If you are thinking about becoming a Tactical Air Control Party airman, you should know how hard the training is, said legendary TACP instructor Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro Jr. Recently, a rash of service members from other branches of the service and airmen from other career fields have either washed out of or quit TACP training, Del Toro told Air Force Times on Wednesday. Unlike airmen straight out of basic training, those people “should know what they’re getting into” when they try out to become TACP airmen, said Del Toro, who re-enlisted in 2010 after suffering burns over 80…

When it comes to boosting morale, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh goes all out. This is a man who donned a Captain America mask last year as part of his “Captain Airpower” persona. Some smirked, but Welsh didn’t care. He loves airmen and he is passionate about airpower. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it. Most recently, Welsh has declared that this Mustache March will be one for the ages. The Major Commands are competing for the honors of top mustache. Welsh is in the game too. His wife Betty recently posted pictures on Facebook showing her…

When the two Super Bowl contenders meet on Sunday, another team of airmen and law enforcement agencies will be hard at work to make sure people watching the game are safe, said Lt. Gen. William Etter, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. NORAD has secured the airspace over every Super Bowl game since 2002, Etter said. For security reasons, he would not say how many airmen and aircraft will be involved with protecting this year’s match, but the operation will include F-16s, F-15s and aerial refueling tankers. “It’s a complete total Air Force [effort]: active,…

When the two Super Bowl contenders meet on Sunday, another team of airmen and law enforcement agencies will be hard at work to make sure people watching the game are safe, said Lt. Gen. William Etter, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. NORAD has secured the airspace over every Super Bowl game since 2002, Etter said. For security reasons, he would not say how many airmen and aircraft will be involved with protecting this year’s match, but the operation will include F-16s, F-15s and aerial refueling tankers. “It’s a complete total Air Force [effort]: active,…

The Air Force has unveiled programs to cut end strength, prompting many airmen to ask whether it would be better to voluntarily separate or retire or try to wait out the drawdown. This week’s Air Force Times explains the various force management measures being used this year and what airmen should consider as they think about their future. Airmen need to start preparing right away for the possibility of voluntary and involuntary cuts, Air Force personnel chief Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox said in a recent interview. Cox, chief of staff for manpower and personnel services, spoke to Air Force Times…

The Air Force has unveiled programs to cut end strength, prompting many airmen to ask whether it would be better to voluntarily separate or retire or try to wait out the drawdown. This week’s Air Force Times explains the various force management measures being used this year and what airmen should consider as they think about their future. Airmen need to start preparing right away for the possibility of voluntary and involuntary cuts, Air Force personnel chief Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox said in a recent interview. Cox, chief of staff for manpower and personnel services, spoke to Air Force Times…

Looking to 2014, airmen can expect further force cuts, changes to how they are evaluated and new opportunities in career fields such as cyber security. This week’s Air Force Times lays out the 15 things airmen need to know about what to expect in the coming year. One thing airmen should definitely expect is the Air Force to continue to get smaller under budget pressure next year. Toward that end, airmen will be told Jan. 6 if they will be considered by the service’s first Quality Force Review, which will look at separating subpar enlisted airmen. You can read more…

Looking to 2014, airmen can expect further force cuts, changes to how they are evaluated and new opportunities in career fields such as cyber security. This week’s Air Force Times lays out the 15 things airmen need to know about what to expect in the coming year. One thing airmen should definitely expect is the Air Force to continue to get smaller under budget pressure next year. Toward that end, airmen will be told Jan. 6 if they will be considered by the service’s first Quality Force Review, which will look at separating subpar enlisted airmen. You can read more…

The Air Force has announced a total of 18 voluntary and involuntary force management programs as part of the most sweeping force cuts since the end of the Cold War. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain how the Air Force is planning to enact the deep cuts and when they will take place. Meanwhile, the Senate is considering a compromise defense budget passed b y the house that would cut end strength but provide more flying hours and protect some of the aircraft that the Air Force wants to retire. Budget cuts have taken a toll on how…

The Air Force has announced a total of 18 voluntary and involuntary force management programs as part of the most sweeping force cuts since the end of the Cold War. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain how the Air Force is planning to enact the deep cuts and when they will take place. Meanwhile, the Senate is considering a compromise defense budget passed b y the house that would cut end strength but provide more flying hours and protect some of the aircraft that the Air Force wants to retire. Budget cuts have taken a toll on how…

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