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Default Air Force Logo Preventing sexual assault in the Air Force is our enduring responsibility
As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, clear signs point to the progress we have made in combating sexual assault. We can cite encouraging numbers in the areas of prevalence, reporting and convictions; however, this serves as only the beginning of an enduring effort. This effort must continue without pause and we must not lose
0 4/06
2015
Default Air Force Logo The Wild Blue--Here's a Toast...
"Here's a toast, to the host of those who love the vastness of the sky.  To a friend, we send a message of his brother men who fly."     On January 28, 2015, our Nation lost a very special Airman--Lt. Col. (ret) Ed Saylor--a long-time resident of Puyallup, Wash., and one of our last four remaining Doolittle Raiders.  As one of the 80 original
0 3/06
2015
Default Air Force Logo Bridge the communication gap between Ops, Maint
I'm a crew chief in the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here and in my years on the flight line, I have noticed a number of pitfalls in which maintainers could possibly be trapped. The most prominent would have to be a sense of complacency and an inability to see the big picture. As maintainers, it's very easy to be wrapped up in the
0 2/20
2015
Default Air Force Logo Do something
"What can I do to make a difference?" If you're like me, this is the question you ask yourself about sexual assault in the Air Force. As legal professionals we're trained to respond to any argument. But when you read so many conflicting reports about sexual assault in the media, when you hear differing solutions including some that don't address
0 2/18
2015
Senior Airman Rebecca Blossom, 62nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, walks across a crosswalk Feb. 5, 2015, in front of building 100 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. According to Washington State Law RCW 46.61.235, the driver of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow pedestrians or bicyclists to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk. (U.S. Air Force photo\ A1C Keoni Chavarria) Crosswalk
It is early morning and I am walking from my car into bldg. 100 at McChord Field.  The crosswalk is visible with plenty of lights around.  As I approach the crosswalk  I notice there are quite a few cars going by.  I wait for a minute and I see an opportunity to cross.  As I am crossing, a car speeds toward me and I have to quickly move out of the
0 2/06
2015
C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from bases across the United States begin to form up Dec. 6, 2014, before a joint forcible entry exercise near the Keno drop zone, Nev. The exercise tested the Air Force’s ability to tactically deliver and recover combat assets via air drops in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson) The 62 AW Looks Beyond the Horizon to 2015
Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson, 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs, took these incredible shots from one of our McChord C-17s during the Joint Forcible Entry exercise in December.  Pretty cool pics, wouldn't you say?  As I looked at these incredible images of the amazing things our Airmen do--I couldn't help but think of the profound symbolism embedded in
0 1/21
2015
(Courtesy photo) Fire Station 105: Trained and Ready
This November, I had the tremendous privilege of spending 24 hours with a joint team of firefighters consisting of Air Force, Army and civilian personnel at Fire Station 105, at the McChord Field flightline.These men and women are highly trained professionals who stand ready to act on a moment's notice. During my short time with them, I
0 12/01
2014
(Courtesy photo/Chaplain Ryan Neill) Climbing Mt. Rainier
When I first arrived at JBLM, the day was clear and I looked out my window and saw Mt Rainier. Its prominence is undeniable and it just beckons to be summited.  I knew little to nothing about what kind of preparation, effort and finances it would take to accomplish such a task but I was immediately hooked with the thought, "I want to climb that
0 11/10
2014
Default Air Force Logo The Certainty of Uncertainty--Preparing Yourself for a World of Unknowns
Truth be told, I'm a bit of a news junkie.  Before I go to sleep every night and as soon as I wake up every morning, I'm on my smartphone, checking all the feeds for the latest news and happenings around the world.  News travels at the speed of light, and in this globally connected world, I figure it's important for us to know what's going on in
0 10/28
2014
Default Air Force Logo 62nd AW achieves notable milestone
The 62nd Airlift Wing achieved a notable milestone with the closeout of fiscal year 2014, the 62nd Maintenance Group ended the year with an overall mission capable rate of 87.1%, which marks the highest yearly rate ever achieved for C-17 operations at McChord Field. The mission capability rate is an important metric because it measures the
0 10/09
2014
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