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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bobby McCasland, bottom right, a former crew chief, talks with crewmembers of the C-135 Stratolifter, tail number 55-3126, that was used to transport dignitaries under the command of then-Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Curtis E. LeMay from 1957-1965. McCasland, who was part of the crew that delivered the Air Force’s first KC-135 Stratotanker in June 1957, attended the KC-135’s 60th anniversary at McConnell Air Force Base, Aug. 31, 2016. (Courtesy photo) Retired crew chief reminisces about 60 years of KC-135 airpower
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- On June 28, 1957, the Air Force received its first KC-135 Stratotankers.Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bobby McCasland, a former crew chief, was part of the crew that picked up the first aircraft, tail number 55-3127, from Larson Air Force Base, Washington, and delivered it to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Castle
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Capt. Chrystina Jones, left, 350th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, and Maj. Matt Jones, 349th ARS pilot, pose with their son, Dec. 2015, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. They both “refuel the fight” as KC-135 Stratotanker pilots, an aircraft that first took flight for the first time 60 years ago. (Courtesy photo) The couple that flies together
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Love and life can take two people on incredible adventures and to feelings of new heights while forging a heritage with one another, especially when the two are pilots. For Maj. Matthew Jones and Capt. Chrystina Jones, love found them as C-130 Hercules pilots and, over the years, gave them a different set of wings as KC-135 Stratotanker pilots and even added two more to their aircrew, their son and daughter. The couple are relatively new to the KC-135, qualifying 14 months ago. Although a different mission brought them together, Matt relates his past and present with his wife and the tanker as it approaches its 60-year anniversary of its first flight.
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Now-Maj. Richard Durstein, left, 344th Air Refueling Squadron assistant operations officer, poses with his brother, now-Capt. Alex Durstein, right, 351st ARS resource advisor. The pilot-navigator duo were at one point stationed together at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., as part of the aerial refueling mission. (Courtesy photo) Durstein diaries: Brotherly connections flying KC-135
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- The world of the KC-135 Stratotanker can be a family affair. With a wide community stretching across the globe, the instances of related Airmen working in close proximity with other family members are higher.One such instance are the Durstein brothers, a pilot and navigator combination who have flown on the KC-135
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Polish armed forces joint terminal attack controller coordinate a resupply airdrop with a C-130 Hercules on an ambush training situation on July 21, 2015, with the 233rd Military Police Company, Springfield, Ill., provide security at Rogers City, Mich., during Exercise Northern Strike 2015. Exercise Northern Strike 2015 is a joint multi-national combined arms training exercise conducted in Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson/released) Peoria C-130 unit serves as proven choice for the warfight
When it comes to serving the nation, the Airmen of the Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Airlift Wing are always on mission and ready to answer the call. They are neighbors, friends and family, but when called upon fill the ranks of the world's greatest air force, and they do it well.
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Spokane County Fire District 10 firefighters train during a West Plains Academy course December 4, 2014. After completion of the 12-week academy, firefighters continue their training with extensive emergency medical technician training and perfecting basic firefighting skills. (Courtesy Photo) Fairchild Airmen serve as first responders for community
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- As members of the United States Air Force, Fairchild Airmen are held to a higher standard to serve their country and give back to their local community. For some Airmen, utilizing their military skills to work alongside Spokane County Fire District firefighters has provided them a way to give back and discover a
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A new C-17 Engine Maintenance Platform surrounds the engines on a C-17A Globemaster III on Aug. 1, 2016, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron began using the new platforms in July, 2016, to foster a safer and more streamline inspection process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne) New engine maintenance platforms boosts safety, efficiency
Innovation: the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices or methods. Some people liken change to a destructive force, others embrace it. The 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron recently acquired C-17 Engine Maintenance Platforms hoping they would increase safety and streamline the engine inspection process.
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(From left to right) 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron refueling equipment operators: Senior Airman Devin Carpenter, Airman 1st Class Robert Santana, Airman 1st Class Alexander Munson and Airman Victor Ortiz walk out to the fuel equipment staging area July 25, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. At the start of every shift, fuels equipment operators go through an extensive checklist to ensure operational safety. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey) LRS Airmen fuel mission
Adorned with training computer terminals and dark leather couches, the staging area for the fuels distribution team has the tense air of any waiting room. Refueling equipment operators can be seen pouring over the latest training materials, going over safety checklists and reviewing daily schedules, waiting with anticipation for an order to come through a tiny window in the wall that leads to the fuels dispatcher. A phone rings.
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Joint-force medical personnel carry a simulated casualty from a CH-47 Chinook during exercise Combat Joint Atlantic Serpent at Royal Air Force Brize Norton, England, July, 25. CJAS is a week-long field training exercise where joint-force medical personnel conduct aeromedical evacuation simulations to  increase interoperability between partnering nations and services during the transfer of injured individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo /Senior Airman Nigel Sandridge) Aeromedical Airmen train alongside British allies
Airmen from the 48th Medical Group joined forces with fellow U.S. Marines, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy service members, along with U.K. allies, to participate in exercise Combined Joint Atlantic Serpent at Royal Air Force Brize Norton, England, July 25.
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Lt. Col. Eric Wilks (left) and Lt. Col. Marvin Ashbaker, pilots with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, conduct pre-flight checks aboard the Air Force Reserve Command's first KC-135 Stratotanker to receive the Block 45 upgrade. The upgrade provides a digital display of engine controls, an updated autopilot, a new altimeter and software improvements, all of which will help ensure the KC-135 can perform well into the future as the workhorse of the air refueling fleet. (Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason) Tinker KC-135s first AFRC wing to receive Block 45 upgrade
The 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the first Air Force Reserve Command unit to have one of its KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft receive the new Block 45 upgrade.The upgrade includes an improvement to the flight deck that provides flight crews with an updated autopilot and digital panels that eliminate analog instrument
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Lt. Col. Randy Brink, a member of the 931st Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, followed his father, Ronald, as a KC-135 pilot. Now his son, David, plans on applying to be a KC-135 boom operator. If he likes it, David will apply for pilot training. Three generations dedicated to KC-135 mission
“Around our house, passing gas is a family tradition,” joked retired Lt. Col. Ronald Brink.All jokes aside, what Brink said is an accurate statement. A member of the Brink family has been flying KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft almost continuously since 1964. And the baton is about to be passed to the third generation.Brink fell in
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