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  • LRS Airmen fuel mission

    Adorned with training computer terminals and dark leather couches, the staging area for the fuels distribution team has the tense air of any waiting room. Refueling equipment operators can be seen pouring over the latest training materials, going over safety checklists and reviewing daily schedules, waiting with anticipation for an order to come through a tiny window in the wall that leads to the fuels dispatcher. A phone rings.
  • Crew chiefs keep KC-135s flying

    Fairchild Air Force Base is home to nearly 35 KC-135 Stratotankers, most of which are approaching their 60th birthdays. With little rest for the lynch pin of global reach air refueling in sight, these KC-135s rely on a highly-trained, responsible group of maintainers to keep them in the air.The 92nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace repair shop is
  • Flight medic enables mobility mission

    Those wearing flight suits might seem a little out of place at the 92nd Medical Group clinic here. However, when the story is discovered, the attire becomes another palpable symbol of Total Force Integration and One Team One Fight.Senior Airman Tara Harvard, 92nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight and operational medical technician, joined the Air
  • F-86 wreckage rediscovered 60 years later

    In September 2015, a small team with the United States Forest Service gathered more than 60 miles from Fairchild Air Force Base to begin surveying land near Timber Mountain, Washington, in the 1.1 million acre Colville National Forest.After hours of surveying, they came across aircraft wreckage with no indication of the aircraft’s origin, mission
  • Little Rock Airman saves woman from drowning

    “HELP!” “That scream was even more chilling than the water I and my friend were in,” he said. It was June 25, a normal Saturday of kayaking at the Ouachita River Whitewater Park for U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Colton Lien, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician, and his friends when they witnessed a woman fall out
  • Three generations of serving the Air Force

    Going back to 1961, when television stations still broadcast in black and white, telephones were rotary dial and humans had not yet visited the moon, the Wehunt family has had someone in the United States Air Force. Today, at a time with hundreds of color cable networks, smartphones and the moon visited multiple times, three Wehunts wear a uniform.
  • A family tradition: grandfather, grandson maintain KC-135s

    Families often carry a profession through their generations. For Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips and his family, they have been maintaining the aerial refueling mission for the last 60 years.Phillips, 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, is assigned to the KC-135 Stratotanker, one of the same airframes his grandfather once worked on
  • Two brothers connect at 22,000 feet

    It was a beautiful spring day in April 2016, when two KC-135 Stratotankers took flight from Fairchild Air Force Base to participate in an ordinary air-refueling training exercise. The sun was warm, the sky was blue and there was nothing in the way of the flight the Marchesseault brothers were about to experience; for them, the day was anything but
  • From orphan to Air Force maintainer

    "I was born Vanya Smirnoff Germanovich in Odessa, Ukraine," said Airman 1st Class Evan Hittle. "I lived in an apartment with my parents, Gera and Aleynea, and my older sister, Natasha. We were poor and always moving to new apartments. There isn't very much for young kids to do in Odessa so it was common to see them smoking or drinking."
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