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  1. Basic trainees are watched by a military training instructor as they pass over an algae-filled water obstacle on a cable and rope bridge. 'We can't lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of our MTI corps ... give fully of themselves, their families sacrifice, and they train our newest airmen hard,' writes Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia.

    Today's MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman

    I normally don't jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command's senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers' comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a for

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  1. Prime Content The trials of MTIs: Just doing their job? Or abusing their trainees?

    Staff Sgt. Annamarie Ellis, center, arrives March 24 for her trial on maltraining and maltreating trainees. Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News
    • April 1, 2014

    Staff Sgt. Annamarie Ellis threatened to beat up recruits and send them home in body bags. She cursed at them, forced them to work out naked in the …

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  1. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, would have lost most of its equipment and aircraft under the 2005 BRAC proposal. The proposal was rejected, and since then the Alaska congressional delegation has been sensitive to any movement on the base. Kevin Robertson/Air Force

    Prime Content Too many bases: The plan to sidestep Congress' opposition to closures

    The Air Force is digging deep to achieve extensive budget cuts — cutting people, eliminating entire aircraft fleets and begging Congress for another round of base closures.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  2. Airmen who work on the A-10 are receiving a reprieve this year, due to a congressional restriction on reductions in the A-10 workforce. Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/Air Force

    Prime Content Thousands of airmen spared under revised force-shaping plan

    At least 8,751 airmen's jobs are no longer on the chopping block this year, according to the latest charts obtained by Air Force Times.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  3. Staff Sgt. Annamarie Ellis, center, arrives March 24 for her trial on maltraining and maltreating trainees. Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News

    Prime Content The trials of MTIs: Just doing their job? Or abusing their trainees?

    Staff Sgt. Annamarie Ellis threatened to beat up recruits and send them home in body bags. She cursed at them, forced them to work out naked in the shower and told one she was going to force a guidon down his urethra.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  4. Ellis Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News

    Prime Content The cases against two MTIs

    The case: Former basic trainees under Ellis in 2010 and 2011 accused her of threatening to beat them up, send them home in body bags and other violent acts, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  5. Prime Content Cost of buyouts

    The Air Force plans to spend nearly $1 billion on early retirement and separation payments to more than 20,000 airmen in fiscal 2015:

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  6. A pair of A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft take off from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Aug. 10, 2012. The aircraft's paint scheme helps to camouflage the aircraft, particularly on an overcast day. This aircraft is operated by the 107th Fighter Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard. Tech. Sgt. Robert Hanet / U.S. Air Force

    Prime Content Guard units to get new aircraft to replace A-10s

    The Air Force plans to replace all National Guard A-10 units with new flying missions to make sure their states and bases will not lose positions, according to budget documents obtained by Air Force Times.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  7. Two 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters fly over Alaska. The Air Force wants to buy 112 helicopters to replace the aging Sikorsky Pave Hawks. Master Sgt. Sean Mitchell/Air National Guard

    Prime Content Money found for new Combat Rescue Helicopter

    The Air Force will award a contract on its new Combat Rescue Helicopter before the end of June, despite the program not being included in the fiscal 2015 budget request, said Maj. Gen. James Martin, the service's budget director.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  8. Prime Content Pay changes run counter to troops' 'cash is king' mantra

    New proposals to shrink military compensation would hit troops in the wallet, almost immediately.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  9. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, where he outlined significant changes to military compensation and troops levels in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    Prime Content DoD pushes forward on pay, benefits cuts

    Never in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force has the Pentagon sought to roll back the existing military compensation package for service members.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  10. Airmen from the 81st and 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadrons and soldiers with the 1/18th Battalion conduct joint training Jan. 12 at Grand Bara Range in northeast Africa. Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas/Air Force

    Prime Content Vast distances, unexpected dangers — and rewards — as Africa mission expands

    The order to help evacuate Americans from the violence-seized capital city of South Sudan came just 21/2 months after the small group of airmen from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., arrived at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  11. Prime Content No backdoor pay raise for top brass, official says

    The latest Pentagon budget calls for a one-year pay freeze for all general and flag officers.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  12. The Air Force is preparing to request a $5,000 increase to its enlisted affiliation bonuses — which are now $15,000 — that it will pay to active-duty airmen with the most critical skill sets who enter the Air Force Reserve. Air Force

    Prime Content Help wanted in the Reserve: Big bonuses, retraining opportunities and a way to stay Air Force

    Thousands of airmen at risk of being cut in the drawdown could find a parachute in the Air Force Reserve.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  13. Senior airmen facing enlisted retention boards because they are in overmanned fields will be able to apply for voluntary separation until May 1. Samuel King Jr./Air Force

    Prime Content Force reductions: Your questions answered

    With the Air Force preparing for the deepest force cuts since the end of the Cold War, airmen across the service are asking how the various force management programs might apply to them.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  14.  Staff

    Prime Content COLA cutback angers retirees, spouses

    Ann Wade, the wife of a recently retired Marine Corps pilot, watched the recent budget deliberations in the House and Senate with outrage.

    • Dec. 23, 2013
  15. The Defense Department has officially changed its random urinalysis tests to include spice on its list of drugs for which to screen. Mike Morones/Staff

    Prime Content Military drug tests get tough on spice

    No more holiday spice for the troops this year.

    • Dec. 21, 2013
  16.  Staff

    Prime Content Leaders push voluntary exits to trim force

    The most sweeping force cuts since the end of the Cold War have begun. And airmen must start thinking right away about whether they want to leave voluntarily or risk getting caught up in an involuntary reduction.

    • Dec. 16, 2013
  17. Prime Content Life as an informant: 'Folks end up getting burned'

    Sometimes, things don't end well for informants.

    • Dec. 9, 2013
  18. Prime Content Death of premature baby fuels latest challenge to Feres doctrine

    The husband of an Army Reserve member soon will petition the Supreme Court to allow him to sue the military for allegedly forcing his wife, while pregnant, to perform physical activities against doctors' orders in 2006, which he claims led to the death of

    • Nov. 19, 2013
  19. Prime Content Guard chief: Bigger Reserve components not feasible

    The four-star chief of the National Guard Bureau said he does not envision the Reserve components growing in size, as some have suggested, for a simple reason: The Pentagon simply doesn't have the money to make that happen.

    • Nov. 19, 2013
  20. Prime Content Military pay, benefits surface for possible cuts

    The Congressional Budget Office has proposed 103 ways to reduce the federal deficit, including controversial ideas for cutting military and veterans benefits.

    • Nov. 19, 2013
  21. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh testifies Nov. 7 at a hearing on the impacts of sequestration. Colin Kelly / Staff

    Prime Content Air Force chief: Cuts coming soon

    The service will soon start announcing force reduction measures to help it meet sequester-driven cuts of roughly 25,000 total force airmen over the next five years, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  22. Prime Content Tragedy strikes twice

    Two crashes. Three months. Five airmen dead.

    • Nov. 6, 2013
  23. Gruenther

    Prime Content F-16 investigation: Pilot killed while ejecting

    It was the ejection from an F-16 that killed Capt. Lucas Gruenther.

    • Nov. 6, 2013
  24. Prime Content Pentagon: No limits on combat camo patterns

    Since taking over as secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel has shaken up the status quo on several fronts, such as warning the Army about potential massive force cuts or telling the Navy it may need to mothball a few aircraft carriers.

    • Nov. 5, 2013
  25. After their release, the 52 Americans held captive in Tehran spent a few days at the hospital at Wiesbaden Air Base in Germany, where this group photo was taken, before returning to the United States. Rocky Sickmann, then a sergeant, is second from right in the first row. Johnson Babela

    Prime Content Interview: Iran hostage crisis survivor

    On the anniversay of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, a Marine security guard recalls the hopelessness he felt

    • Nov. 4, 2013
  1. Letter: Why I won't re-enlist

    Tired of waiting for deployments to slow down and other hardships of military life, Staff Sgt....

      1:02 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
  2. Letter: Why I won't re-enlist

    Tired of waiting for deployments to slow down and other hardships of military life, Staff Sgt....

      1:02 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
  3. General officer assignments announced

    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced the following general officer assignments April 21:...

      6:40 PM, Apr. 22, 2014
  4. Letter: Why I won't re-enlist

    Tired of waiting for deployments to slow down and other hardships of military life, Staff Sgt....

      1:02 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
  5. Andrews NCO pleads guilty to child porn

    An Air Force officer has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges....

      5:28 PM, Apr. 21, 2014
  6. Recruits trending older in U.S. military

    New recruits in the U.S. military are getting slightly older, with more than half of Army enlistees age 20 or above compared with a few decades ago when only a third were in the older age group, according to a RAND Corp. study released Wednesday....

      7:14 AM, Apr. 23, 2014
  7. Air Force corrects figures on early retirement approvals

    The Air Force has corrected an error in the number of enlisted airmen it said had been approved for early retirement....

      12:45 PM, Apr. 22, 2014
  8. Training aircraft overruns runway at Tyndall

    A QF-4 targeting aircraft overran a runway Tuesday at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., causing damage to the aircraft. Investigators say there was no danger to the public or a nearby highway....

      10:32 AM, Apr. 23, 2014
  9. Today's MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman

    I normally don't jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command's senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers' comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a for...

      12:42 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
  10. McConnell base gets final OK for refueling tankers

    The U.S. Air Force has given final approval to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita as the home of the new KC-46A air refueling tanker, according to Kansas congressmen....

      10:30 AM, Apr. 23, 2014
  11. Letter: Why I won't re-enlist

    Tired of waiting for deployments to slow down and other hardships of military life, Staff Sgt....

      1:02 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
  12. Spy vs. Spy: Former SecDef Gates talks Putin

    Before he became secretary of defense, Robert Gates spent a career at the CIA when U.S intelligence agents were pitted against the KGB....

      1:02 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
  13. South Carolina's top military man begins re-election campaign

    Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, South Carolina's adjutant general, lauded the state's Army and Air Force National Guard as one of the nation's top military organizations Tuesday and asked voters to re-elect him so he can work to keep it that way....

      6:12 PM, Apr. 22, 2014
  14. General officer assignments announced

    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced the following general officer assignments April 21:...

      6:40 PM, Apr. 22, 2014
  15. Spy vs. Spy: Former SecDef Gates talks Putin

    Before he became secretary of defense, Robert Gates spent a career at the CIA when U.S intelligence agents were pitted against the KGB....

      1:02 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
  16. Report: U.S. may leave fewer troops in Afghanistan

    The Obama administration is reportedly considering options to leave far fewer troops in Afghanistan after this year than the top U.S. and NATO commander for Afghanistan has recommended....

      9:16 AM, Apr. 23, 2014
  17. Top VA official questions use of term 'Gulf War illness'

    After the Institute of Medicine in March recommended using the term 'Gulf War illness' to describe symptoms affecting more than 200,000 Persian Gulf War veterans, a top Veterans Affairs Department official expressed concern that such a change would imply...

      2:52 PM, Apr. 22, 2014
  18. Judge grants Manning's name change request

    A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning....

      1:04 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
  19. 4 Army units heading to Eastern Europe

    The U.S. military in Europe is sending four company-sized infantry units, a total of about 600 soldiers, to Eastern Europe, the latest effort to reassure NATO allies in light of Russian aggression in Ukraine, a Pentagon official said Tuesday....

      2:58 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
  20. Obama: U.S.-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands

    President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan....

      8:54 AM, Apr. 23, 2014

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