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  • All I really ever needed to know about leadership I learned in BMT

    The only thing that amazes me more than approaching 24 years in the Air Force is how quickly time has flown by. Thus, I was grateful for the opportunity to share some thoughts for this article, because it made me sit back and reflect on all the people, places and adventures, good and bad, that I had the fortune to meet, go to or experience in my
  • Monkey see, monkey do

    Put your hat on! PUT YOUR HAT ON NOW! The senior NCO's voice sent chills through my body. Without thinking, I checked myself to ensure I was within standards. This was the start of an inside look into Air Force Basic Military Training, where my good friend, Master Sgt. John Stott, served as a military training instructor. It was day four of
  • Review panel praises BMT program improvements

    The 22nd Basic Military Training Triennial Review Committee validated the positive effect expanded training has had on BMT graduates during its evaluation May 12 through 14 here.The committee observed program improvements achieved by expanding BMT to 8.5 weeks and adding a week-long Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training course. It was the
  • Military training instructors transform recruits into Airmen

    Rising at 3 a.m. is a small sacrifice for military training instructors. The future of the Air Force awaits.With uniforms in perfect order, they pull the immediately identifiable campaign hats low and straight, down their foreheads to nearly the eyebrows. With stern voices and stoic physical presences, they direct raw recruits who scramble into a
  • Basic Military Training construction project begins this fall

    Change is coming to the Lackland Air Force Base skyline this fall as work begins in October on the first of 13 new Basic Military Training facilities.With a price tag of nearly $900 million, the eight Airmen training complexes and four associated dining-classroom facilities will be located on two campuses. The campuses replace existing 1,000-man
  • Air Force officials begin extended Basic Military Training

    The first group of Air Force recruits to experience expanded Basic Military Training arrived Nov. 4 to Lackland Air Force Base.These new recruits are the first to face the challenge of an additional 14 days of training from 6.5 to 8.5 weeks. The added time will be used to enhance and reinforce BMT's current war skills training."I'm excited about
  • Trainees slew the BEAST in new basic training program

    The first group of Airman Basic trainees in the newly extended 8.5-week Basic Military Training program conquered the BEAST Dec. 15 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The BEAST, which stands for Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills and Training, is the centerpiece of the new two-week expansion that gives Air Force trainees a more realistic