• Local boy shakes hands, warms hearts

    Ten-year old Jeffrey from Agawam, Massachusetts, is on a mission. His mission isn’t to catch the most Pokemon, play in World Series, or even kiss a girl; he wants to shake hands with, and thank every active and veteran military member he comes across until Veteran’s Day. He always carries a little

  • Top chaplain addresses Reserve deployers

    On a twist of jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 hit song, the Air Force chief of chaplains told reservists and their loved ones, “Don’t worry, be hopey,” during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program training event here Saturday.“You know they say that 92 percent of what we worry about makes no

  • Impossible dream becomes reality for one South American country

    In an age of high-visibility drones and cyber security, there is a side of the Air Force some don’t see: its humanitarian missions.On Aug. 12, members of the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and active-duty components came together to transport 47.8 tons of cargo to South America for a

  • Despite positive outcome, deployment challenges couple

    A deployed Air Force reservist who used his limited free time overseas to finish requirements to become a schoolteacher learned some lessons of his own about how separations caused by military service affect GIs and those closest to them.Prior to his six-month deployment to the Middle East, Master

  • Exercise Patriot Clipper 2016

    Members of the 439th Airlift Control Flight and Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 302nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, and the Marine Air Support Squadron 6 from Westover Air Reserve base, Mass.; 452nd ALCF from March Air Reserve Base, Calif.; Army National Guard MEB from Natick, Mass., 103rd Airlift

  • 14th IS finds its ‘pot of gold,’ discovers WWII vet

    John Johnson, known as Jerry back in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, served in the 9th Photographic Technical Squadron during the time of the atomic strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Johnson was discovered after two years of historical research by the 14th Intelligence Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air

  • First shirts attend Yellow Ribbon en masse

    More than 30 Air Force Reserve first sergeants attended a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program training event July 23-24 here to familiarize themselves with the system that helps pre- and post-deployment Airmen and their loved ones.What they learned could come in handy to them personally as a dozen

  • AFRC honors Jackson with Order of the Sword

    The enlisted members of Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) honored Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, former chief of Air Force Reserve and commander, AFRC, with an Order of the Sword ceremony at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia., July 13, 2016.  The Order of the Sword is an honor awarded by

  • 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

  • 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