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  • Thin Blue Line, Part 3: Travis AFB CATM team key to weapons training

    His heart races as he glares through the sight of his rifle preparing to engage the enemy 300 meters away.
  • Thin Blue Line, Part 2: Defenders secure flight line, ensure mobility mission

    The beret they wear bears the message, “Defensor Fortis,” defenders of the force. They protect thousands of people and Air Force resources at bases in the United States and around the world.
  • Travis Airmen carve way forward for racial equality

    Travis Airmen and civilians came out for a June 19 town hall, hosted by Travis’ newly-formed Cultural Consciousness Committee, some of whom expressed feelings of anxiety and fear through vignettes of what it’s like to be a Black person in not only America, but the Air Force, too.
  • Travis squadron commander reflects on career as officer, gay man

    On the morning of Sept. 21, 2011, Justin Hickey didn’t have to hide anymore. At the time, Hickey was a captain and an operations officer with the 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Travis AFB, California. That morning, however, he was a gay man who no longer had to conceal his identity thanks to the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which barred lesbians, gays and bisexuals from serving openly in the United States military.
  • 62nd AMXS Airman accepted to Air Force Academy class of 2025

    Earlier this year, Airman 1st Class Chad Schuch, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy (AFA) Prep School and is expected to graduate with the class of 2025. He will be leaving Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the end of this month to attend the AFA prep school first for 10 months, before beginning his AFA classes in the fall of 2021. The AFA in Colorado Springs, Colorado, accepts about 1,000 students per class year, 170 of which can be candidates already enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
  • Thin Blue Line, Part 1: Security forces Airmen enable mission at Travis AFB

    Imagine its Wednesday evening and you are a security forces Airman assigned to perform entry control duties at the main gate at Travis AFB.
  • 60th Communications Squadron keeps Travis AFB connected amid pandemic

    Ping! A computer alert sounds to notify Airmen in the 60th Communications Squadron cyber maintenance and operations control center of another request. On any given week, the eight-member team fields more than 300 network delay requests for Travis Air Force Base personnel while monitoring the health of
  • Fairchild SFS Airman leads the way by completing Ranger school

    Fairchild’s own, Staff Sgt. Joseph Pace, 92nd Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, completed the grueling 62 day course in April after starting in November 2019. This combat leadership course is divided into three phases that focus on small-unit tactics, realistic fieldwork and sound leadership under stressful conditions, such as fatigue and hunger. Only about 300 Airmen have completed the course.
  • NCOs: Unprecedented challenges, effective leading

    In the profession of arms, the noncommissioned officer is often considered to be the backbone of the force. NCOs, being technical experts themselves, are entrusted to develop, lead, manage and mentor subordinate troops as front-line supervisors.
  • MacDill ALS: Ready, flexible, innovative

    Although many of the Air Force’s education and training courses have been put on hold, the 6th Force Support Squadron’s Airman Leadership School instructor team remains diligent. Their ultimate goal is to ensure that their students will be given the same high quality training they need to join the ranks as Air Force leaders when ALS courses resume.