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  • Headed to the SIM! Safer, stronger warfighter readiness

    In a continual effort to remain the world’s greatest air power, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, uses flight simulation to train aircrew to expect the unexpected.
  • Dedicated to her country; dedicated to the mission

    Crowds of people forced their way through congested streets. As they hustled and bustled off to wherever they were heading, there was almost no sky overhead. The massive skyscrapers where people lived in small living quarters towered above. For one young girl, this is where she was born and raised; this is Chengdu, China.
  • MacDill Airmen keep military leaders in touch

    In an ever-changing world, it is essential for leaders to make key decisions in real-world time.
  • Flight engineers keep mobility aircraft ready

    Navigation systems, check; landing gear, check; hydraulics, check; flight controls, check. One by one flight engineers run through preflight checklists, making sure the C-37A Gulfstream aircraft is ready for flight.
  • Molding yesterday’s trainees into tomorrow’s Airmen

    In the early hours of darkness, the sound of reveille routinely rings throughout Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Trainees spring out of their beds to begin days filled with training, instruction and loud orders from their military training instructors.
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment: gear ready, mission ready

    Helmet fitted? Check. Chemical gear? Check. Goggles, rafts, vests, and all other essential gear inspected and properly loaded onto the aircraft? Check.
  • Mentor opportunity turns into lifelong friendship

    “Kelsey has been a true Godsend to my family,” said Megan Sanders, mother of Kaylee Smith. “She has supported my children during numerous Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) events and in their everyday lives.”
  • Crew chief continues grandfather’s legacy

    For more than 50 years, generations of Airmen have put their blood, sweat, and tears in the KC-135 Stratotanker. For Senior Airman Tomorian Montgomery, the legacy and tradition of working on this aircraft is in his blood.In October of 1963, John Gilbert, Montgomery's grandfather, enlisted into the Air Force as a KC-135 crew chief. “We flew a number
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