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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Simkins, 36th Airlift Squadron superintendent, has been working with the C-130 airframe for his entire career. Simkins entered the Air Force in 1989 as a C-130 crew chief. In 2003, he re-trained to become a flight engineer in 2003 to stay with the airframe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor) C-130H crew chief shares Mobility legacy
JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. -- During Mobility Guardian, one of the last active-duty C-130H Hercules aircraft still flies true. On the ground here, Chief Master Sgt. Michael Simkins, 36th Airlift Squadron superintendent, watches the bird from afar, reminded of its durability and legacy.Simkins who is currently stationed at Yokota Air Base,
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2017
PMEL Airman PMEL: only the most precise will suffice
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- In a building kept at 73 degrees Fahrenheit and 35 percent humidity where even the intensity of the lights is closely monitored, Airmen calibrate tools to restore readiness and ensure reliability.The 437th Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory calibrates tools and equipment used throughout
0 8/08
2017
Jeremiah Treadwell, left, and his brother Benjamin, right, show off the coins and patches they received during their Joint Base Charleston tour. Courageous Kidz visit Joint Base Charleston
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- For a high school senior with aspirations to join the Air Force Special Forces, the toughest battle he might ever face took place before he was even a teenager.Jeremiah Treadway was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Anaplastic Large-Celled Lymphoma when he was in fifth grade. Now in full remission, Jeremiah
0 8/07
2017
Tech. Sgt. Jason Fatjo, 14th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, embraces his family after returning from a deployment at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Aug. 8, 2017. Family welcomes back 14th AS, loadmaster from 5th deployment
As any military family knows, trials come with deployments.
0 8/07
2017
Spouses of the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron attend a New Parent Support Group meeting. Taking care of Airmen's families, takes care of the mission
For the “Mission Movers” at the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the work can be tiring. As the busiest of the 521st Air Mobility Wing’s en-route maintenance units, the Airmen often work hours upon hours to keep the mission moving.
0 8/03
2017
Maj. Ron Johnson, 437th Operations Support Squadron assistant director of operations and C-17 Globemaster III pilot, holds Zeus after a Pilots N’ Paws mission to Jacksonville Fl., July 22, 2017. Johnson partnered with Pilots N’ Paws to help take Zeus to a foster family. Pilot volunteers to transport, rescue dogs
As a pilot in the Air Force, it seems only natural to desire to fly on one’s free time. However, owning and using a personal plane to fly dogs in need is a different story.
0 8/02
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Parnelle Shands, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, wears medals won from previous track and field events at Abilene Christian University, Texas, July 14, 2017. Shands participated in several events with the U.S. Air Force Track and Field team such as long jump, 100-meter dash and a 4x100 relay. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kylee Thomas) Dyess crew chief chases gold
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas  -- He takes a deep breath as he focuses on his stance preparing to push off the starting blocks. With sweat dripping from his forehead and a voice of encouragement in his mind, he’s always determined to be better than he was the day before.    For Senior Airman Parnelle Shands, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew
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2017
Senior Airman Brittany Fuentes, a collection requirements manager at Air Mobility Command, briefs information regarding a mobility mission to other anylysts July 18, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade) Intel analyst keeps mobility pilots safe home, abroad
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- On a daily basis Senior Airman Brittany Fuentes is tasked with the responsibility of collecting and providing vital information that could impact the outcome of mobility missions worldwide. Fuentes is a collection requirements manager assigned to Air Mobility Command’s Air Intelligence Squadron here. On a daily basis
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2017
Senior Airman Brett Gyurnek, 437th Maintenance Squadron Non-Destructive Inspection technician, looks through a core reverser gear while performing a fluorescent penetrant test at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. July10, 2017. The NDI shop is able to test the largest and smallest pieces of an aircraft. Once a deficiency is found, it is relayed to the aircraft structural maintenance unit for repair. If a crew chief or a member of the aircrew identifies a potential issue, NDI Airmen perform diagnostic procedures to determine the extent of the damage. Inspection team catches a break
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Fluorescent stains spatter the floor and surfaces throughout a room illuminated by a black light. A man in an opaque blue mask and a black apron hovers over a bath foaming with neon liquid. He reaches into the concoction, and pulls out an dripping metal gear for inspection. The Airmen of the 437th Maintenance Squadron
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2017
Master Sgt. Bobby McCrary, 22nd Force Support Squadron NCO in-charge of Honor Guard, poses for a photo in his car, July 13, 2017, at his home in Derby, Kan. McCrary built this car with his grandfather, a 1958 Chevy Impala. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenna K. Caldwell) Building cars, building Airmen
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.  --  Master Sgt. Bobby McCrary, 22nd Force Support Squadron NCO in-charge of Honor Guard, grew up going to car shows and swap meets with his grandfather, who rebuilt classic cars. They would travel up and down the state of Texas together looking for parts and meeting other car enthusiasts who carried years of
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2017
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