Former Army Air Forces Cpl. Hilario L. Riojas of Karnes City, Tex., received the Purple Heart he was due for wounds received during World War II at a special ceremony Nov. 10 at Randolph AFB, Tex. Col. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of the 12th Flying Training Wing at Randolph, presented the medal to Riojas in the base’s historic “Taj Mahal” rotunda before friends, family, and present-day airmen. Riojas was wounded by artillery fire in late 1945 and separated from the service in fall 1946 but never received his Purple Heart. (Randolph report by Gabriel Myers)
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.