Category Archives: airmen

Airmen receive DFCs, Bronze Star for daring Osprey rescues in Iranian ballistic missile attack


Two airmen were presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross for their roles in a daring CV-22B Osprey rescue of 194 special operations forces during an Iranian ballistic missile attack on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq earlier this year. A third airman received a Bronze Star for his role leading the Osprey response during the […]

For these airmen, launching ICBMs is a family business


Not many mother-daughter duos can say they’ve both launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. In fact, Linda and Taylor Tonnies may be the only pair able to make such a claim. Then-1st Lt. Linda Tonnies turned the launch key on a Minuteman III ICBM at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on June 8, 1994, as part […]

Last call: Elmendorf bans airmen from bars amid COVID spike


The commander of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on Oct. 8 forbid active-duty airmen from the base’s 673rd Air Base Wing from entering indoor bars or other alcohol-serving businesses in an effort to stem a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. Col. Kirsten Aguilar, head of the base and the 673rd, issued the restriction […]

2,410 airmen selected for transfer to Space Force, more to follow


Thousands of members of Air Force space and space systems operations have been selected to begin transfer to the Space Force Sept. 1. The 2,410 airmen selected were part of a larger pool of more than 8,500 volunteers for transfer, many of whom are not in a space operations career field. Volunteers serving in career […]