• Cleared for departure

     Air Force Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, former Commander of Air Force Reserve Command, reflects on his 38 years of service…Pre-flight “It all started with my Dad who did over 30 years as an active duty senior enlisted member…” Taxi “Barbara and I have been together 27 years, our two teenagers, Tyler and Kelly are extremely important, they are
  • Pilot is new resiliency training instructor

    A veteran of multiple overseas deployments who also overcame a series of personal struggles has joined the resiliency training cadre of the Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.Lt. Col. Jenni Pfafman, a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot with the 940th Air Refueling Wing at Beale Air Force Base, California, made her teaching debut at a
  • Yellow Ribbon doubles down on security

    Armed local law enforcement officers are teaming with Air Force Reserve security forces at Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program events.The Reserve added the extra level of security starting in December 2015, prompted in part by the fatal shootings five months earlier at a Chattanooga, Tennessee, military recruiting center.It was most recently
  • Sowing seeds of hope

    Staff Sgt. Montaski McCoy has been planting seeds in a poor, crime ridden West Montgomery neighborhood for the past three years. While planting various vegetables, his real ambition is to sow seeds of dreams of a brighter future for kids and young people in the area. As a Reservist, McCoy is an Air Terminal Operations Center Specialist with the 25th Aerial Port Squadron. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Auburn University, but currently dedicates his time and resources to serving his community.
  • 100 Years of Reserve Air Power: The Centennial Celebration

    Editor’s note: On June 3, 1916, Congress signed the National Defense Act of 1916, which created the nation’s first air reserve program. In honor of this historic event, the Air Force Reserve is celebrating 100 years of reserve air power throughout the month of June. The following story looks at the National Defense Act of 1916 and how it set the
  • Yellow Ribbon 'flicked on the light' for Reserve couple

    An Air Force Reserve couple said attending their first Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event “flicked on the light switch” for them in understanding how to better prepare for the separation caused by military deployment.“In general, it’s knowing that these things are available to you,” said Tech Sgt. Jesse Mateo, a reservist assigned to
  • Yellow Ribbon honors children

    Deploying Air Force reservists who are parents brought their children to military training here during the Month of the Military Child to interact with other youngsters in the same circumstances.“It’s his second deployment so I know what to do and what to expect, but we’re still going to have a hard time without him and we will miss him,” Olivia
  • Speaker: deployers should take time for the little things

    After the 2011 death of his mother, Senior Master Sgt. Eric Smith found a locked box among her belongings. Inside, along with personal papers and valuables, was every letter, card and note he had written to her since 1985.A swell of emotions left him speechless, the Air Force’s First Sergeant of the Year for 2014 told a class he led Saturday at an
  • It's 'Miller time' at Exercise Saber Junction

    Senior Airman Miller is relatively new to the Air Force, and Exercise Saber Junction is the first time he has participated in a major, joint exercise overseas. It is also Miller’s first trip overseas. Having only been in the Air Force Reserve a few short years, Miller is a full-time student when not working at the 934th Airlift Wing, with plans for
  • Balancing act

    When she first joined the Reserve, she doubted that her military and civilian jobs would have anything to do with each other. The more leadership roles she picked up as an occupational therapist, the more she realized her background as an Airman translated to her success in managing people.Maj. Amy Hansen works full-time as the Vice President of