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  • Delivering excellence: MacDill boom operators train for perfection

    There’s a saying in the Air Force about refueling aircraft, something along the lines of nothing accomplishes mission success without tanker aircraft gas. This saying rings true in Tampa. Refueling aircraft such as MacDill Air Force Base’s KC-135 Stratotanker are vital to mission success and keeping other military aircraft flying all over the globe.
  • Are You Okay?

    It’s 2010 and Airman 1st Class Leonard James’ phone vibrates silently in his pocket; he quickly reaches down and sends the call to voicemail. “I was in class and we weren’t supposed to have our phones,” the now staff sergeant recalls. James was at Port Hueneme Naval Base, California, a technical training base for Airmen selected for vehicle maintenance career paths. The Air Force wasn’t what James planned for himself, but his high school sweetheart and fiancé, Mesha, was pregnant with their first child, McKenzie Harmony James, and he felt the Air Force would help him support his growing family.
  • Cramped spaces and fuel vapors: MacDill “Tank Divers”

    Tucked away behind U.S. Central Command and MacDill Air Force Base, Florida’s traditional hangars lies a hangar originally built to house fighter jets. On a given day, peeking out of that hangar will sit a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft seemingly out of place in the considerably smaller maintenance shop, but surely, it’s in the right hands.
  • Ready to Respond: Travis AFB enhances Northern California emergency response capabilities

    Everything is on fire!” shouted a 5-year-old girl from the backseat as her mother drove the family car across the Carquinez Bridge near Vallejo, California. Flames were visible on both sides of the bridge and smoke soon engulfed the car. Burning debris fell in front of the vehicle.
  • AMC Spotlight: Success at AMC through Schedule A hiring authority

    The stories of two Mobility Air Force Airmen are not impossible dreams, but a showcase of the reality of a command that welcomes all who volunteer to serve.
  • Black Knight fulfills dream of serving

    Less than one percent of the population joins the military every year. Some, join the military for school, travel or other benefits. For others, joining the ranks is something that has always been part of their life plan. The latter is true for U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Matthews, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communication and navigation systems electronic counter measures journeyman.
  • Vet clinic remodel: staying a step above the rest

    The veterinary clinic at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas underwent a major remodel and received substantial equipment upgrades to aid in providing the superior care that people expect for their four-legged companions.
  • Phoenix Raven: Rising to the challenge

    As part of a school project, a young man put a message about who he wanted to be one day in a bottle for his older self; a promise to one day become a police officer and help the world any way he could. His path would eventually lead Senior Airman Vincent Kidd to become the 2,573rd graduate of one of the Air Forces toughest programs.
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment keep pilots seeing, flying

    AFE flights have the important mission of keeping the tools used during missions operational and in good condition.
  • 18th AF, Fairchild key spouses address education partnerships, license reciprocity

    Moving to a new area presents unique challenges to military families. Spouses often need to look for new jobs, children move to new schools and the support networks families have relied on change with new scenery. Key Spouses are one resource the Air Force calls on to offer support to families throughout arrival, transition and establishment at their new assignments.
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