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A soldier from the South Dakota National Guard’s Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, descends from an UH60 Blackhawk helicopter during Exercise Combat Raider 1701 near Belle Fourche, S.D., Nov. 16, 2016. The exercise simulated rescuing two injured pilots that ejected from their aircraft in hostile territory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) Tankers participate in joint exercise Combat Raider
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- A young pilot dangles dangerously far from the grassy South Dakota tundra, held on by nothing more than a strap, a cable and a medic from the South Dakota National Guard.  As the Soldier and Airmen are hoisted up toward the HH-60 Pave Hawk medical helicopter, fake blood runs down the captain’s face.  Personnel
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HQ AMC/JA provides wide-range of services to Air Mobility Command, 18th Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center and all of AMC’s subordinate wings.
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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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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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Airman 1st D’Andre Davis, 92nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace repair apprentice, assists in break down of a tire with Airman 1st Class Cody Mathews, 92nd MXS aerospace repair journeyman, at Fairchild Air Force Base July 22, 2016. The aerospace repair shop is tasked with wheel and tire assembly for all KC-135 Stratotanker operations within Pacific Air Force as well as KC-135 operations at Fairchild. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson) Crew chiefs keep KC-135s flying
Fairchild Air Force Base is home to nearly 35 KC-135 Stratotankers, most of which are approaching their 60th birthdays. With little rest for the lynch pin of global reach air refueling in sight, these KC-135s rely on a highly-trained, responsible group of maintainers to keep them in the air.The 92nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace repair shop is
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Four Washington National Guard F-86 Sabres in formation. In 1950, the 116th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron was the first guard unit west of the Mississippi River equipped with jets. (Courtesy Photo) F-86 wreckage rediscovered 60 years later
In September 2015, a small team with the United States Forest Service gathered more than 60 miles from Fairchild Air Force Base to begin surveying land near Timber Mountain, Washington, in the 1.1 million acre Colville National Forest.After hours of surveying, they came across aircraft wreckage with no indication of the aircraft’s origin, mission
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Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips, 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, right, poses with his grandfather, retired Staff Sgt. Raymond Hopper, in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker, June 25, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Phillips is assigned to the KC-135, one of the same airframes his grandfather once worked on nearly 60 years before. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury) A family tradition: grandfather, grandson maintain KC-135s
Families often carry a profession through their generations. For Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips and his family, they have been maintaining the aerial refueling mission for the last 60 years.Phillips, 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, is assigned to the KC-135 Stratotanker, one of the same airframes his grandfather once worked on
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A C-17 Globemaster from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base during an air-refueling exercise over Washington State April 5, 2016. The flight was part of a training exercise with multiple receivers in which they practiced formation procedures, tactical maneuvers and numerous approach and landing techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell) Two brothers connect at 22,000 feet
It was a beautiful spring day in April 2016, when two KC-135 Stratotankers took flight from Fairchild Air Force Base to participate in an ordinary air-refueling training exercise. The sun was warm, the sky was blue and there was nothing in the way of the flight the Marchesseault brothers were about to experience; for them, the day was anything but
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