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  • MacDill Airmen jump into action, save life

    Senior Airman Ralecia Ogburn and Airman 1st Class Amari Alexander received the Joint Service Commendation for distinguishing themselves by meritorious achievement from Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, Commander of United States Special Operations Command on MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
  • Youth reach for the skies thanks to AF grant

    Approximately 650 students tilted their heads back and pointed toward the sky as a high-altitude computer attached to a balloon drifted into the overcast skies over the Belle Valley School running track. The 10-foot balloon floated 22.5 miles above the earth where it expanded to the size of a small house before popping and falling toward earth again. Dozens of eager students drove more than two hours to collect the popped balloon and the data, which landed 140 miles away in Mount Carmel, Illinois.
  • Deployed Airmen discover spiritual fortitude

    Leaving for or returning from a deployment can challenge the resiliency of 62nd Airlift Wing Airmen. They have to say goodbye to their families and friends and be a part from them for a considerable amount time. Then, when they return, they could have undergone times of great stress during their deployment. In order to offer spiritual help to these Airmen, the 62nd AW Chaplain and 62nd Operations Group commander initiated the inclusion of a religious support team (RST) on flights taking Airmen to and from deployed locations. During the quarterly Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) swap out at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, RSTs have now become an integrated part of the process. The RST consists of two Airmen, a chaplain and a religious affairs specialist. During the final EAS swap out of 2018, the RST was comprised of Chaplain (Capt.) Jammie Bigbey and Staff Sgt. John Nieves Camacho.
  • Military Family Life: The Gibsons

    For military family members who serve on active-duty, being separated from loved ones is part of the job.
  • Determination for innovation: How the 437th AW is innovating for the Air Force

    Joint Base Charleston, S.C. -- Innovation can often be overlooked. There is a misconception around the idea of innovation that it has to be a total overhaul or somehow life-altering. To ensure future success, service members must innovate and modernize to prepare mobility forces for future operating environments. Safely and cost-effectively altering a process to make it more efficient even in the smallest ways can make a huge impact on not only your squadron, but the way a process is done all over the Department of Defense.
  • DEA, Alaska ANG & Fairchild Airmen solve prescription drug disposal

    Team Fairchild Airmen and Alaska Air National Guardsmen assisted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in the secure transport of more than two tons of surrendered prescription medications from Anchorage to Fairchild Air Force Base.
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care course: Maintaining MacDill's joint readiness

    In the pursuit of maintaining full spectrum readiness and remaining the world’s preeminent fighting force, members from MacDill Air Force, Florida, participated in a Tactical Combat Care Course Nov. 14-16, 2018.
  • Airman for a day, warrior for a lifetime

    On Dec. 4, 2013, Melanie Emery Dallis lived every parent’s worst nightmare – learning that she might outlive one of her children. A CT scan revealed that Melanie’s nine year-old daughter, Fallon, had a mass on her brain. She was rushed to the Medical University of South Carolina for emergency surgery, during which doctors discovered that Fallon had a glioblastoma multiforme – one of the deadliest forms of brain tumor. She was given 6-14 weeks to live.
  • Domestic violence: a survivor’s story

    Trailing behind his group of friends, feelings of anxiety and fear crowded his adolescent mind with the question of what version of his father awaited him at home. It hadn’t always been unsafe or tense, but his father’s behavior had become a constant uncertainty. The loving provider who had sat at the head of the table was now condemning and destructive. This is one of the many strong memories Staff Sgt. Taylor Swartz, 22nd Training Squadron Survival Escape Resistance Evasion specialist, recalls from his domestic-violence filled family life in adolescence.
  • Human Performance Cell seeks mission improvement through ‘Boom Initiative’

    Team Fairchild's Human Performance Cell has created an initiative to provide inflight refueling specialists with tools to minimize strain and discomfort their bodies undergo while performing the mission. Inflight refueling specialists, commonly known as "Boom Operators," perform inflight operational checks of air refueling systems, direct receiver aircraft into air refueling position, and operate inflight controls and switches to initiate contact between tanker and receiver aircraft.
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