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  • 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.
  • Joint Base Unique – Airman makes history through Army partners

    The U.S. Air Force’s Security Forces has a long history dating back to World War II. Since 1942, the team we used to identify as the Army Air Forces have evolved to the security forces known today. In 1952, five years after the birth of the Air Force, Airmen began to transition away from Army military occupation codes to Air Force specialty codes. One of the changes implemented over time was commanders of security forces squadrons would no longer be called provost marshal, while our Army counterparts kept provost marshal as an enduring identifier of their commanders. In order to further build cohesion between the Air Force and Army at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 627th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) commander, Maj. Michael Holt, has also been named the JBLM deputy provost marshal, making him the first Airman to hold the position in over half a century.
  • First sergeant overcomes pain for Justice

    She opened the door to her office with a broad grin from ear to ear. The braids in her bright blonde hair caught the light, the diamond stamped beneath her rooftop stripes stood prominent on each arm, completing her sharp sage appearance. Framed certificates line the wall and a wooden rack filled with coins of different shapes and sizes sits
  • 628th Contracting Squadron modernizes units

    Joint Base Charleston relies on various military units as well as numerous civilian contractors and subcontractors to execute the base’s airlift, sea and rail missions. While the blending of military and civilian work can be complicated and involves a great deal of regulation, the 628th Contracting Squadron makes this process seamless.
  • Friday Night Lights: Travis Airman leads in the community through football

    On fall Friday nights, many towns across America to include communities around Travis Air Force Base, California, come together under the bright lights to enjoy high school football. One thing that is unique for one local high school is their head coach is an active duty Airman.
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