Waitte's Brief

B-52 Taking Off

One summer as a cadet, future Air Force pilot Jay Waitte rode missions on a B-52 and KC-135. He decided to stick with fighters. When you graduate from the Air Force Academy, you are commission as a … Read More

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets participate in a structured summer session. Retired fighter pilot Jay Waitte (Class of 1972) remembers his Sophomore summer. Each summer at the Air Force Academy is a unique experience that prepares … Read More

Jump School at Fort Benning

Retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte remembers his training at U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia. The summer following your sophomore year at the Air Force Academy is referred to as the Junior Summer. … Read More

Jay_Kate_Jim Gormley

Kate Retired Air Force pilot Jay Waitte talks about 48 years of marriage to his wonderful wife, Kate. But it was a close call at first. Jay, Kate, and friend Jim Gormley My wife, Kate. I’ve … Read More

Guy Fawkes Fireworks

The Fourth of July Overseas Retired Air Force pilot Jay Waitte talks about the Fourth of July, the  English conspirator Guy Fawkes, and what they have in common. Guy Fawkes Fireworks You might think that members … Read More

Ethan and Edward Waitte

Fathers, Sons, Airmen Retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte explains how Father’s Day in his family takes on a special and personal military significance. Ethan and Edward Waitte Military aviation runs in my family. During … Read More

My Freshman Summer at Camp SERE

Retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte recalls his Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion (SERE) training experiences at the Air Force Academy. During the summer of 1969, after my freshman year at the Air Force Academy, … Read More

Captain Jedediah Randall

Panama Deployment This Memorial Day, retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte honors the local Union Army soldiers who died to preserve that Union. Union officer with 26th Regimental flag. Captain Jedediah Randall Next to Broadway … Read More

Just Cause Banner

Panama Deployment Retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte recalls his experiences during the U.S. confrontation with Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Two of Our Guys Are Missing I was deployed to Panama in 1989 as a … Read More

Military Mom with daughter doing a watercolor painting

Happy Mother’s Day! Female soldier with daughter drawing with watercolor paint The draft ended in 1973, at which time only 2 percent of enlisted forces were women. Today women make up 16 percent of active-duty members, … Read More