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Cadet Second Class Sijia Chen, an Air Force Academy Cadet, pauses for a photo in the court room at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., June 28, 2017. Chen, originally from China, was inspired to join the military because of the opportunities the United States has given her, and participated in a month long cadet summer research program with the 6th Air Mobility Wing Legal Office. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Mariette Adams) Dedicated to her country; dedicated to the mission
Crowds of people forced their way through congested streets. As they hustled and bustled off to wherever they were heading, there was almost no sky overhead. The massive skyscrapers where people lived in small living quarters towered above. For one young girl, this is where she was born and raised; this is Chengdu, China.
0 7/11
2017
A C-37A Gulfstream aircraft sits on the flightline at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 13, 2017. The aircraft assigned to the 310th Airlift Squadron, which provides worldwide air missions for high ranking government and military officials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariette Adams) MacDill Airmen keep military leaders in touch
In an ever-changing world, it is essential for leaders to make key decisions in real-world time.
0 6/19
2017
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan Lilly, left, a flight engineer, and Tech. Sgt. Ben Doyle, right, the NCO in charge of flight engineers assigned to the 310th Airlift Squadron, check a system in the aircraft before a flight at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 13, 2017. The 310th AS operates three aircraft and provides worldwide airlift to six unified combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariette Adams) Flight engineers keep mobility aircraft ready
Navigation systems, check; landing gear, check; hydraulics, check; flight controls, check. One by one flight engineers run through preflight checklists, making sure the C-37A Gulfstream aircraft is ready for flight.
0 4/21
2017
Staff Sgt. Jessica Fairchild, center, a former military training instructor and currently an individual protective equipment supervisor assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, pauses for a photo with Airman 1st Class Zenawi Tecle, left, a former trainee of Fairchild and now an entry controller with the 6th Security Forces Squadron, and Senior Airman Kristin Weiland, right, an individual protective equipment technician with the 6th LRS, Feb. 24, 2017, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Fairchild served four years as an MTI applying professionalism and dedication to train thousands of people and groomed them into Airmen before returning to her current career field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariette Adams) Molding yesterday’s trainees into tomorrow’s Airmen
In the early hours of darkness, the sound of reveille routinely rings throughout Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Trainees spring out of their beds to begin days filled with training, instruction and loud orders from their military training instructors.
0 4/18
2017
Staff Sgt. Matthew Walters, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 6th Operations Support Squadron, fits an aircrew member for a helmet at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 2, 2016.  Helmets must be tested to ensure proper fitting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariette Adams) Aircrew Flight Equipment: gear ready, mission ready
Helmet fitted? Check. Chemical gear? Check. Goggles, rafts, vests, and all other essential gear inspected and properly loaded onto the aircraft? Check.
0 11/07
2016
Staff Sgt. Kelsey Shaw, NCO in charge of aircraft parts store with the 6th Logistics Readiness
Squadron, holds Kaylee Smith, a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) mentee,
during a TAPS event in St. Petersburg, Fla. Shaw has mentored Kaylee and her family for two 
years. (Courtesy Photo)
Mentor opportunity turns into lifelong friendship
“Kelsey has been a true Godsend to my family,” said Megan Sanders, mother of Kaylee Smith. “She has supported my children during numerous Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) events and in their everyday lives.”
0 10/20
2016
Senior Airman Tomorian Montgomery, a KC-135 Stratotanker crew chief with the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, pauses for a photo at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., June 30, 2016. Montgomery’s grandfather, John Gilbert, was also a KC-135 crew chief during Vietnam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariette Adams) Crew chief continues grandfather’s legacy
For more than 50 years, generations of Airmen have put their blood, sweat, and tears in the KC-135 Stratotanker. For Senior Airman Tomorian Montgomery, the legacy and tradition of working on this aircraft is in his blood.In October of 1963, John Gilbert, Montgomery's grandfather, enlisted into the Air Force as a KC-135 crew chief. “We flew a number
0 7/01
2016
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