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  • 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.
  • The Rise of a Loadmaster: An A1C Watt Story

    The powerful vibrations of four engines propelling a 282,400 pound aircraft several miles above the ground hum across the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster III on its way to drop off much needed cargo. Two pilots sit upstairs in the flight deck guiding the C-17 through the sky while another two rest along with the flying crew chiefs. Awake are three loadmasters, keeping an eye on the cargo bay while Airman 1st Class Kam Watt studies the loadmaster Air Force Instructions (AFI).
  • 6th AMXS: On the grind to make them fly

    For the Airmen of the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, hard work is a common theme echoed throughout the squadron. The AMXS Airmen are dedicated to their craft, and they constantly ensure that MacDill’s aircraft are ready to take the fight to the enemy at any time.
  • Humble, approachable, credible: 509th Weapons Squadron

    While all KC-135 pilots train for air refueling, some get the chance to go above and beyond the basics by learning advance tactics and skills in the 509th Weapons Squadron, which produces 24 boom operators, pilots and navigators every year that are fully trained in providing advanced air refueling capabilities for any situation and at any location.
  • Programmed depot maintenance modernizes KC-135s

    With eight buildings, nearly 3,000 workers, and 26 KC-135 Stratotankers, the 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the largest squadron in the U.S. Air Force, dedicated to providing programmed depot maintenance and upgrades to all U.S. Air Force KC-135s. Through a tedious process of inspections and upgrades to out-of-date aircraft parts, PDM ensures KC-135s continue the Rapid Global Mobility mission over the next 40 years, allowing the Stratotanker fleet to fly operationally for nearly 100 years before their anticipated retirement.
  • 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.
  • Fairchild awarded AMC nomination for 2019 CINC IEA award….earns “Honorable Mention” at Air Force level

    Air Mobility Command announced Fairchild Air Force Base as their 2020 Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award nominee, the first time ever the base has received the nomination.
  • Weapons instructors: educating the best to teach the rest

    Just another day, as a 29th Weapons Squadron instructor walks out to board a C-130 Hercules — mountains painting the background in a picturesque canvas as the sun slowly peeks over, clipboard and pen in hand as he prepares to do what he loves most, build the next generation of C-130 Hercules tactical experts. U.S. Air Force Maj. Mark Wilson, 29th WPS assistant director of operations at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, started his career with the initial qualification to become a C-130 pilot at LRAFB, before earning the title of instructor pilot three years later — a prerequisite to the C-130 Weapons Instructor Course which invites the pilots who have what it takes to become the best of the best.
  • Inspirational Air Force POW visits Team Fairchild

    Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lee Ellis, Vietnam War F-4 Phantom pilot, describes the fateful night he and his comrade were shot down and captured during the Vietnam conflict to Team Fairchild Airmen as part of a monthly leadership speaker series, Oct. 8, at the base theater.The Fairchild Speaker Series is a monthly event where experts and leaders from diverse career fields come to share leadership insights with Team Fairchild and provide Airmen the opportunity to expand their professional development in preparation for the potential challenges of today and tomorrow.
  • Fastest Airman in Air Force: Daniel Kirwa

    Out of more than 12,000 participants, Kirwa placed first in the military category of the Air Force Marathon, and third overall, with a time of 2 hours, 33 minutes, and 3 seconds.
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