• 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 Sgt. Gregory Hicks of Travis Air Force Base,
  • 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 Wing from Bradley Field, Conn.; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency from Maynard, Mass., teamed up during exercise Patriot Clipper here at Westover during the week of July 11th, 2016.
  • 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 Force Base, Ohio as the unit tried to uncover its lineage.
  • 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 or more first sergeants are set to deploy in early
  • 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 the NCOs of a command to recognize individuals they
  • 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