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  • 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.
  • Total Force maintainers road trip for KC-135 recovery

    The skies were calm over the state of New York as a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, cruised through the veil of blue, en route to a deployment. All of a sudden, un-commanded flight control movements began to inexplicably shake the aircraft. As the pilots rushed to troubleshoot the situation, the aircraft began to drop altitude.
  • 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.
  • Break on through – MacDill defender house ensures excellence

    Tucked behind the 6th Security Forces Squadron’s combat arms training and maintenance building, an abandoned brick warehouse rests ominously. For the defenders with the 6th SFS, it’s a 5,000 square-foot, two-story building hosting the perfect training environment, equipped with two heavy metal doors meant for breaching, multiple windows meant for breaking and a floorplan that can change on a whim.
  • Determined MacDill mom, dad earn commissions

    1st Lt. Brandon Cruz, 6th Medical Operations Squadron medical service corps officer, and wife Chelsea, earned USAF officer commisions.
  • MacDill officer wins Sijan Award

    Maj. Ryan Garlow, 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, was selected for the Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award in the senior officer category.
  • MacDill Airmen help rescue 5 in Tampa Bay

    It was Saturday, April 7, 2018 and for the 6th Security Forces Squadron marine patrol unit, it was like any other day. They were routinely conducting patrols around the 7.2 mile coastline of MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Every weekend, boaters make their way onto the water to enjoy the mid-70 degree weather. But on this day, water conditions were rough, swells reached heights of six to seven feet tall and winds were around 30 knots. At approximately 2:08 p.m., Airman 1st Class Christian Britton and Senior Airman Michael Roper, both 6th SFS marine patrolmen, received a “PAN-PAN” alert from U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.
  • AFAF supports battle against cancer

    He began his Air Force career as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist – an Airman trained to survive and operate in all conditions and teach others to do the same. Second lieutenant Roger Zehr, now an officer in charge of operations intelligence with the 6th Operations Support Squadron, spent years honing his skills, overcoming obstacles, and learning to thrive in any situation; however, nothing prepared him for a diagnosis his son received during his time stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California in 2014.
  • Flying classrooms: teaching future leaders in the air

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE — More than 20 Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets with Detachment 640 from Miami University, Ohio, travelled from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, to receive an in-flight leadership course, March 19, 2018 and attend STEAM Day hosted at MacDill, March 21, 2018.
  • MWD retires, returns to original handler

    After 42 dog-years of honorable service, and a final salute from past and present handlers, military working dog Apacs officially retired during a ceremony March 9, 2018, reflecting the accomplishments of what the narrator called ‘one of the 6th SFS’ finest Airmen.’“He was tenacious, loving and trustworthy,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew McElyea, a