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  • All female team leads the 436th Contracting Squadron with passion

    Women's History Month serves as a time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women to culture and society. Examples of strong female leaders can be found at military bases across the globe. Rarely, however is an entirely female team leading a unit. But that is the unique case for the 436th Contracting Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
  • Team McChord honors women with all-female mission

    With March being Women’s History Month, it is important to recognize how the role of women in the military has dramatically changed over the years. During the 18th and 19th centuries, women were confined to serving as cooks, seamstresses and nurses. The formation of the Women’s Army Corps in 1941 expanded women’s roles, but women weren’t integrated into the military until 1978, and even then, they weren’t allowed to serve in combat. It wasn’t until 2016 that all combat jobs were opened to women. Team McChord Airmen came together to complete an all-female flight training mission on a C-17 Globemaster III Dec. 14, 2020, to honor and highlight women in the U.S. Air Force. From the Port Dawgs who loaded the aircraft, maintenance and logistics who prepared the jet for takeoff, to the pilots and loadmasters who flew the training mission, every Airman involved was female.
  • How one Airman maximized their growth thanks to a second chance

    Despite a rough start during his first enlistment at then-McChord Air Force Base, Washington, Master Sgt. Timothy Nonn, the 62nd Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, has been on an upward trajectory for the majority of his nearly 16-year career. “It took me little while to get used to military standards,” Nonn said. “I was nearly denied my first reenlistment due to a lack of conformity.”
  • Airman looks to Rated Prep Program for lifelong dream to fly

    For Senior Airman David Ramones, 54th Airlift Squadron executive flight attendant, the selection to the Air Force’s Rated Preparatory Program helps fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot.
  • ‘American Tapestry’ album pulls together many strands

    “American Tapestry,” the latest album from Travis Air Force Base's U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, aims to weave a multitude of experiences of Airmen as well as others connected to the armed forces.
  • Special warfare candidates look to the PAST for a better future

    It has been said that approximately 70 percent of individuals from ages 17 to 24 are ineligible to join the U.S. military due to failure to meet standards. Statistics such as this make those who have the physical and mental prowess to apply, qualify and ultimately join a special warfare career field all the more impressive.
  • Cyber Transporters enable global mobility

    In the face of a global pandemic, the Air Force has quickly adapted to thrive in a telework environment. The 375th Communications Squadron Cyber Transporters is one of the many teams helping to facilitate this new normal.
  • West Coast Demo Team highlights C-17 capabilities

    Peaking out behind white fluffy clouds, the sun shone down on the crowd of excited beachgoers enjoying the strong breeze rippling across the ocean waves. Heads began to turn and eyes searched the horizon as the sound of four turbofan jet engines could be heard over the crashing of the wind-churned sea. Amidst nudging elbows and fingers pointing, the 174-foot C-17 Globemaster III came into view and roared above the spectators down below. The 62nd Airlift Wing’s (AW) C-17 West Coast Demo (demonstration) Team showcased their skills and the aircraft’s capabilities in the 2020 Fort Lauderdale Air Show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nov. 21-22. The air show was held on Fort Lauderdale Beach and featured demonstration acts from all four U.S. Air Force fighter jet demo teams and a few civilian acts.
  • Caring for Airmen pushes Travis sergeant to recognition

    Ask Senior Master Sgt. Marcus Hewett’s colleagues about him and they practically throw a dictionary at you. Selfless. Phenomenal. Leader. Servant. Sharp. Enabler. Friendly. Kind. The descriptors just keep flowing.
  • Aviation legends, fighter pilots meet at Travis AFB for look back, forward

    During a visit Nov. 10, 2020, to Travis Air Force Base, California, Clarence "Bud" Anderson, along with fellow World War II pilot, Dean “Diz” Laird, was able to experience first-hand what the most modern iteration of his former profession looks like courtesy of the 56th Fighter Wing out of Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California.