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Tech. Sgt. Garrett Wright, 22nd Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape and Personnel Recovery specialist, excavates a ten-by-ten foot grid square in Laos while searching for belongings and remains of an Airman missing in action since the Vietnam War. McConnell Airman helps locate Vietnam War MIAs
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — It’s Jan. 29, 1969. Maj. Campbell and Capt. Horton are flying in their F-4 Phantom II during an armed reconnaissance mission in Laos. After spotting an enemy supply truck, they roll in for the attack.
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A boom operator Airman uses psychology work to help other Airmen, community
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— One McConnell boom operator has made it her mission to improve the mental health of her fellow Airmen and members of the local community.Tech. Sgt. Chelsey Thornhill a 350th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, is currently acting as 22nd Air Refueling Wing Complaints and Resolutions noncommissioned officer in
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An Airman sings Hitting the right notes: Singing boom operator inspires others
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Growing up in a poverty-stricken, single-parent family, he used singing as a kind of therapy.Airman 1st Class Julian Awari, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, was only six when he first realized he had a talent for singing, and it was a hobby he would stick with throughout his life.“I like to creatively
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A baby Heart to heart: Air Force steps up to help Airman’s family
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Five days after their baby was born in 2011, they realized something was wrong. When they took her back to the hospital, they found out they were in for a long, rough road ahead.“They quickly rushed us over to the neonatal intensive care unit, and we met with a cardiologist who said that my daughter has hypoplastic
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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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