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  • Travis Airmen carve way forward for racial equality

    Travis Airmen and civilians came out for a June 19 town hall, hosted by Travis’ newly-formed Cultural Consciousness Committee, some of whom expressed feelings of anxiety and fear through vignettes of what it’s like to be a Black person in not only America, but the Air Force, too.

  • Travis squadron commander reflects on career as officer, gay man

    On the morning of Sept. 21, 2011, Justin Hickey didn’t have to hide anymore. At the time, Hickey was a captain and an operations officer with the 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Travis AFB, California. That morning, however, he was a gay man who no longer had to conceal his identity thanks to

  • 62nd AMXS Airman accepted to Air Force Academy class of 2025

    Earlier this year, Airman 1st Class Chad Schuch, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy (AFA) Prep School and is expected to graduate with the class of 2025. He will be leaving Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the end of this month to attend the AFA

  • NCOs: unprecedented challenges, effective leading

    In the profession of arms, the noncommissioned officer is often considered to be the backbone of the force. NCOs, being technical experts themselves, are entrusted to develop, lead, manage and mentor subordinate troops as front-line supervisors.

  • MacDill ALS: Ready, flexible, innovative

    Although many of the Air Force’s education and training courses have been put on hold, the 6th Force Support Squadron’s Airman Leadership School instructor team remains diligent. Their ultimate goal is to ensure that their students will be given the same high quality training they need to join the

  • Back to the basics: finding work-life balance during a pandemic

    Though the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced changes to the normal operating environment, the Airmen of the 6th Air Refueling Wing have stepped up, as they always do, to ensure that the mission of delivering unmatched air refueling support carries on.For Tech. Sgt. Shawna Wise, a 6th

  • 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

  • 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