FEATURES

  • Reach 806: A shot in the dark

    The dark night sky blanketed the airspace above Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Through the lenses of his night vision goggles, Capt. Joshua Jordan and 1st Lt. Nathan Creech, both 3rd Airlift Squadron pilots, prepared to land their C-17 Globemaster III, call sign Reach 806,

  • Travis Airman saves life of local motorist

    Senior Airman Max Brunwasser, 660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron combat navigation journeyman, was on his way to work in the early hours of Sept. 8, straddling the dark, winding narrows of Highway 113 in his Subaru Legacy.

  • Travis family, goats escape Northern California wildfire

    In the early morning hours of Aug. 19, it was quiet in Vacaville. In the rural neighborhood of Cherry Glen Rd., ash, as though snow, gently fell along the soft breeze that offered little reprieve from the heat, which had climbed into triple digits the previous week.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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