With powerful aircraft and fearless fighters, the Air Force is always armed and ready to lift off and fight from above.
Launch on Warning: A Novella (Pt 2)
THE KREMLIN CONFERENCE ROOM 2035 HOURS LOCAL 1735 HOURS ZULU The old men filed out of the conference room into the hallway. Veterans of Stalin’s time, their circadian rhythms permanently shifted as a result of years of late-night meetings, they were not used to concluding so quickly.
'Launch on Warning': A Novella
NOVEMBER 9 48.49.28 N 101.16.55 W 0735 HOURS LOCAL 1335 HOURS ZULU The blue pickup sped down the featureless road, past the billiard-table flat farms, full of stupefied, staring cattle, leaning against the harsh wind.
Their Own Selfish Lives Part II: Careerism
Judge Advocate General, Lieutenant General Larca Wells sat down in her leather chair. Major General Magdalene McCorkell and Lieutenant Colonel Hendra Rizzano stood rigid at the position of attention.
Everything You Need to Know Before Joining the Air Force
Enlisting in the United States armed forces is a serious commitment that requires a conscientious decision-making process. If you're thinking about joining the Air Force, it's a good idea to inform yourself about the qualifying requirements, demands, and drawbacks, as well as the benefits and experience that go along with service.
How to Become an Air Force Pilot
Becoming an Air Force pilot, as one writer noted, is "no easy task. [But] if you make it, you will be among the elite of the elite in the United States armed services." Elite for two reasons: the first is that it takes years of dedication to become an Air Force pilot, and second because even the most dedicated don't make it since it also requires a level of expertise that some may never attain. There are many questions you should ask before joining the Air Force. There are also many unavoidable or unpreventable factors that can block your path to becoming an Air Force pilot, and in this article we are going to consider everything you'll need to know if you wish to attain the coveted position of a United States Air Force pilot.
How to Prepare for Joining the Air Force
Joining the Air Force is a huge decision for anyone to make. For most men and women making this choice, going through the enlistment process is their first experience as an adult after receiving their high school diploma. Becoming a service member in the armed forces is no small feat. There are many requirements—mentally, physically, and emotionally—for any person 18 years of age or older to be able to enlist in the Air Force. If you want to join the military, or if you are specifically considering joining the Air Force, here’s a list of how to prepare for training as well as a long-term Air Force career.
Being a Brat
Most people seem shocked when I ask: "What do you mean by where I'm from? As in hometown? Where was I last? Where I call home?" More seem even more shocked when I answer with my hometown, Misawa Air Base. Located 500 miles north of Tokyo, Japan's metropolis capital city, Misawa is in the peaceful countryside, filled with rice paddies, old buildings, forgotten towns with age-old traditions still being practiced side by side with modern buildings slowly being put up throughout the prefecture. In Japan, there are large prefectures that make up the islands, and each prefecture had its own primary product they were known for. My home was located in Aomori, most known for its agriculture with the rice, apples, and salmon. I loved going to the local festivals, trying all the new foods, and getting fresh rice off the harvest, normally as gifts from our local neighbors and friends that were connected to the farms and colleges that helped keep our part of Japan healthy and green.
- Top Story - December 2017
Questions to Ask Before Joining the Air Force
When thinking about what military branch to enlist in, many people tend to overlook the Air Force. There are a few reasons for this, chief among them being the lack of all time great war movies dealing with the Air Force— no, Top Gun isn't considered great by rational people. Hollywood aside, the Air Force has some of our most important service members, as the air is equal to the ground and seas in terms of strategic warfare, and often they work in concert.
What's It Like to Have a Significant Other in the Air Force?
“What’s it like to have a significant other in the Air Force?” is a common question people ask me. I go through a series of answers in my head that sounds a lot like this:
As the plane slammed down on the tarmac in Albuquerque, I came to the swift realization there would be a significant shift in my existence. I was in the largest “metropolis” in New Mexico and the sense of a hustling and bustling city was absent. It was beautifully desolate outside of the airport. I took a long pull of my cigarette as I became enamored with constant pinkish hue the horizon had from crimson clay dirt. I hadn’t seen these colors in Japan, my home for the last six years. “My home country is foreign,” is all I thought as solitude and doubt tore at my soul.
Unpopular opinion time. I don’t care, I’m gonna say it anyway. I spent five years in active duty with the Air Force. (Do not thank me). That’s not why I’m here.
Have you ever reached the point in your life where you think to yourself, man, I have phucked this shit up? Know what I mean? The feeling that, you had your chances. For work. For love. For life. And you blew it. Wasted them all.