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Command Chief Benjamin Miranda Jr., 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing, takes a moment to mentor an Airman. Photo by Airman 1st Class Melissa Estevez Command chief carries on Hispanic legacy of service
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- As one of the 1.2 million Hispanics who’ve served in the military, Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Miranda, 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing Command Chief, is keeping a legacy of devotion to country alive and well.Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, he chose the Profession of Arms at age 17.“To this date, my parents are
0 10/06
2016
A Travis Air Force Base KC-10 Extender flies over Northern California on Feb. 17, 2915. The KC-10 is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. 9th ARS crew takes on unexpected tasks
The day started like any other for Capt. Shane Ruether, 9th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, and his KC-10 Extender crew of two pilots, one boom operator and one flight engineer. The crew was fulfilling the role as an alternate, tasked to sit alert for a presidential support mission, and was prepared to be airborne if it was needed to provide back-up support to a primary KC-10.
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2016
(Courtesy Photo) 721st AMXS aids the mission in Kuwait
One of the keys to mission success in the Air Force is readiness. Unfortunately, equipment or machinery don’t always make that easy. When an aircraft breaks down or malfunctions at a base or area that isn’t equipped to fix the problem, what can be done? Within the European, Central and African commands (EUCOM, CENTCOM, AFRICOM), the answer to that question is sending a mission ready team (MRT), often manned by Airmen assigned to the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Four 721st AMXS Airmen experienced this first hand when they participated in an MRT for an engine change of a C-17 Globemaster III from Sept. 2 to 9, 2016 at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. There were only two maintenance Airmen assigned to Ali Al Salem, so they required assistance from the 721st AMXS Airmen.
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2016
Senior Airman John Urban, 452nd Maintenance Squadron jet engine technician, inspects the engine of a C-17 Globemaster III during a routine maintenance check Sept. 22, 2016 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Airmen from the 452nd MXS worked with the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron while at Ramstein for a temporary duty. Routine inspections of aircraft ensure the safety of the crew and allow the mission to continue. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh) 721st AMXS puts Ramstein in the sky
The ground rumbles as a C-17 Globemaster III taxis to the runway, sending vibrations up the soles of the feet of those on the flightline. The roar of the 280,000 pound, four-engine aircraft reverberates throughout the base before it takes off. Defying gravity, it lifts into the air and slowly disappears into the horizon. When many people think of the Air Force, the first things that come to mind are aircraft and the pilots who fly them. But before any pilot takes to the skies, every aircraft is carefully inspected and maintained by maintenance professionals. The 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron plays a large part in keeping the steady flow of aircraft, in and out of Ramstein, operational.
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2016
Chief Master Sgt. Steve Nichols (Left), 60th Air Mobility Wing command chief, enjoys a conversation with Staff Sgt. Timothy Gould (Right), 60th Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from Buffalo, New York, before presenting Gould with his coin at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 27, 2016. Gould was recognized for his efforts as a master resiliency training instructor. He has helped provide resiliency training to more than 800 Airmen in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman) Sergeant helps Airmen find resiliency
Military life can be stressful and in some cases that stress can be overwhelming.
0 9/28
2016
Capt. Jared Wahleithner (right) and 1st Lt. Christopher Dempsey, KC-10 Extender pilots with the 70th Air Refueling Squadron, used years of aircrew survival and first aid and buddy care training to help rescue an aircraft crash victim Sept. 17, 2016. The Citizen Airmen were taking part in the annual Clear Lake Splash In at Clear Lake, Calif., when a seaplane crashed during an attempted water landing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken Wright) Reservists rescue aircraft crash victim
If not for the actions of two fast-thinking and well-trained Citizen Airmen, the last Saturday of summer may have ended in tragedy at Clear Lake, California. Capt. Jared Wahleithner and 1st Lt. Chris Dempsey were ferrying passengers to shore Sept. 17, during the annual Clear Lake Seaplane Splash In, when a small amphibious aircraft crashed during an attempted landing.
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2016
Senior Airman John Yesis, 437th Maintenance Squadron Sheet Metal and Corrosion Shop aircraft structural technician, repairs an engine torque box on a C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 14, 2016. The torque box helps control the thrust reverser control valve module allowing the thrusters in the engine to work properly. Sheet Metal and Corrosion Shop repairs JBC aircraft
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster IIIs travel around the world transporting cargo, people, munitions and humanitarian supplies. When they return, maintenance is required.The 437th Maintenance Squadron Sheet Metal and Corrosion Shop is responsible for maintaining and repairing the airframe of the
0 9/23
2016
Walter Lawrence, left, and John Mock, World War II POWs, share their stories at a speaking event, Sept. 14, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The men shared their stories of internment with McConnell’s Airmen during this year’s POW/MIA week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Erin McClellan) Former POWs, family of MIA speak at McConnell
“I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.”The Code of Conduct. Every Service member learns it, because after they raise their hand and take the oath, they assume the risk of becoming a prisoner of war or making that ultimate sacrifice.National POW/MIA
0 9/22
2016
Airman 1st Class Messan Atayi, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron mobility Airman, poses for a photo with the Kamoune family in front of their home, Sept. 9, 2016, in Wichita, Kan. The Kamoune Family arrived in the United States in January 2016, as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. (courtesy photo) Airmen support refugees within local community
He left behind a wife and unborn daughter for the opportunity to live in America, with the dream of making a better life for his family.Airman 1st Class Messan Atayi, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron mobility Airman, was born and raised in the African country of Togo. He immigrated to the United States in 2013 and joined the Air Force, with the
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2016
Staff Sgt. Angel Ramirez Arenas (Left), 60th Logistical Readiness Squadron NCO in charge of fleet management, poses for a photo with his brother, Senior Airman Ramon Ramirez Arenas (Right), 60th Surgical Operations Squadron surgical technician, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 7, 2016. The brothers from Compton, Calif., have been assigned to TAFB for almost two years and have nearly a decade of military service between them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman) Brothers join forces at Travis
Approximately one percent of Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. An even smaller percentage have served within the same family, at the same time, at the same base. This is a reality for the Ramirez Arenas brothers from Compton, California. The brothers, who are nearly six years apart, both serve on active-duty at Travis Air Force Base,
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2016
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