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Airman and his mother pose for a photo with a dirtbike Airman puts maintenance skills to use on motocross track
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – He ran the motorcycle through a five-foot pool of water, wrecking the bike; everything he had worked for all his life seemed to be over. Staff Sgt. Thomas Tangedal, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft metal technology journeyman, was completing a practice run on a 150-mile loop in the desert outside of Las Vegas,
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Family posing for photo Family reunites after four years apart
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kansas – When asked what he would be willing to sacrifice for the good of his family. Airman 1st Class Messan Atayi can say four years. That’s how long it took him to reunite with his wife, and a daughter who he had never met. Atayi, an Individual Equipment journeyman with the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, moved to
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A family photo A chief’s foundation: Faith, family, mentorship
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. --  Thirty feet up in the air, clinging to a utility pole, was a brand-new Airman crying out for help. He was panicking and insistent that he was going to fall.An instructor stared up at him from the ground and sighed. This was the sergeant’s first day as a technical training school instructor, and before that moment,
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Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes, currently 22nd Air Refueling Wing command chief, hugs his son, Sean, in June 2013, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. after his fini-flight. Hughes will retire June 1, 2017, after 30 years of service in the Air Force. (Courtesy photo) 30 years of service: mistakes made, lessons learned
A picture of him as a master sergeant hangs on the wall in his office, welcoming every Airman who walks through the door. To some it may seem as a decoration of self-importance, but if you ask him, he’ll tell you it holds a much different significance.“I have the picture there to remind me that I can’t think like a command chief,” said Chief Master
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Several honeybees guard the opening to their hive, April 24, 2017, in Derby, Kan. In the hierarchy of a bee colony, worker bees make up the majority of the bees and are responsible for most of the work to maintain and care for the hive. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) Beekeeping: McConnell Airman discovers 'sweet’ hobby
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- During his studies as an environmental science major, a McConnell Airman became interested in beekeeping, which led him down the path to a somewhat unusual hobby.Tech. Sgt. Garrett Wright, 22nd Operations Support Squadron Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape and Personnel Recovery specialist, obtained his first
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Tech. Sgt. Terrance Williams, center, currently 22nd Security Forces Squadron resources NCO in-charge, poses for a photo July 2011, in Balad, Iraq. Williams deployed nine times during his career, six of which were to combat locations. (Courtesy photo) Healing the wounds that can’t be seen
Nine deployments, severe depression, anxiety and alcoholism, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a suicide attempt, were what drove one McConnell Airman to begin a journey to reshape his life.“My first combative deployment was to Kirkuk, Iraq, back in 2006,” said Tech. Sgt. Terrance Williams, 22nd Security Forces Squadron resources NCO in-charge. “I
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Staff Sgt. Shane Pentheny, 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron Water and Fuels System Maintenance technician, performs water-quality tests on water taken from several base buildings March 9, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. WFSM tests chlorine, fluoride and pH levels daily to ensure the base populace receives quality water. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) McConnell Airmen provide quality water for base
The base water supply is something that most people don’t consider on a daily basis, but for some Airmen, their everyday operations revolve around it− specifically those in 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron Water and Fuels Systems Maintenance, and some in the 22nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering flight.When it comes to the water
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Tech. Sgt. Clayton Allen, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Plans and Programs NCO in-charge, installs an alert route sign on a base light pole, Nov. 17, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Allen and Master Sgt. Bartek Bachleda, 22nd ARW XP superintendent, designed and built the signs, potentially saving the Air Force millions of dollars. (Courtesy photo/Master Sgt. Bartek Bachleda) Airmen create new alert system, enhance readiness
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Throughout the past year, an unlikely pair of McConnell Airmen, a plumber and a boom operator, poured their energy into innovating a cost-effective way to develop and deliver a new system to safely direct alert aircrews during fast-response actions on base.When Tech. Sgt. Clayton Allen, 22nd Air Refueling Wing
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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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Charles Chauncey, a World War II B-29 Superfortress pilot, speaks with Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, at the first flight of ‘Doc,’ a B-29, July 17, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Chauncey flew 35 missions over Japan in a B-29 nicknamed ‘Goin’ Jessie’ during World War II, and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross after losing an engine during a mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury) WWII veteran recalls time as B-29 pilot
With all four engines at full power, a B-29 Superfortress, nicknamed ‘Goin’ Jessie,’ quickly approached the end of a Tinian Island runway during World War II; the aircraft, however, still wasn’t in the air.At the last moment, the bomber lifted off the ground just enough to stay airborne, taking out two runway lights as it slowly gained
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