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MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --  Express Store employee Zeljka Harmon, who is legally blind, checks out a customer on April 16 using a product designed to enlarge printed material for people who have low vision and can no longer comfortably use glasses or special lenses to read regular size print. (U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman) Base Express Store: Supply warehouse helps Airmen, blind employees
With the help of a closed-captioned television that magnifies each tiny letter on the purchase receipt and projects it onto a 14-inch screen, Express Store assistant manager Zeljka Harmon is able to see which items were bought when she helps Airmen with returns. Ms. Harmon is one of three legally blind employees working at the 62nd Logistics
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2007
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Captain Branin Klausman,7th Airlift Squadron, right, sits patiently April 16, 2007 as Airman 1st Class Anthony Tyler, 62nd Operations Support Squadron, performs a fit test to ensure the mask is free from defects and leaks  at the aircrew life support section warehouse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman) Aircrew life support: 62nd OSS Airmen keep fliers’ gear in good shape
Clad in a blue smock designed to prevent lint from being tracked into sensitive equipment, aircrew life support Airman Joseph Ripper, 62nd Operations Support Squadron, carefully picks up and looks over each piece of an aircrew chemical defense ensemble. The ensemble has all the items necessary for aircrews to fly missions in a chemical environment
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2007
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Tyler Hemstreet, 62nd Airlift Wing, left, and Airman 1st Class Nelson Lopez-Toledo, 62nd Services Squadron, center, take a minute to catch their breath after navigating the Wenatchee River, while Airman Miguel Millares-Chavez, 62nd SVS, continues to row during a recent Adventures Unlimited rafting trip. Whitewater rafting defines teamwork
The rushing, swirling waters of the Wenatchee River in central Washington don't care who's sitting in a raft navigating their territory. They'll have their way with whomever they want. I learned that lesson last week while accompanying the 62nd Services Squadron's Adventures Unlimited staff on the first white water rafting trip of the
0 4/13
2007
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash.--
Members of the base honor guard give the U.S. flag the first of 10 distinctive folds recently during a practice session designed to ensure ceremonial procedures are accurate and comply with all applicable instructions. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Abner Guzman)


Practice, discipline highlight honor guard duty: Airmen train to be tangible examples of military service
Airmen in base honor guard operate under a microscope each time they are out in the community on a detail. Their movements are crisp and in perfect unison. Their uniforms are neatly pressed and their shoes shine like they're brand new. But one slight misstep can ruin everything. "One word describes [our performance] -- perfection," said honor guard
0 4/13
2007
Default Air Force Logo Stress management: Keep things in perspective
Stress can work for you and against you. It is the bodies' reaction to a new situation, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, said staff psychologist Capt. Michael Jones, 62nd Medical Operations Squadron. When the heart beats faster, the body produces adrenaline. When adrenaline is produced, people breathe more rapidly, are more alert and may
0 4/13
2007
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash.-- The nose wheel trainers designed by Master Sgt. Barry Buchmiller, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, pictured here, will save the Air Force money by freeing up C-17 Globemaster IIIs from ground training. The trainers are used to help Airmen learn how to change the wheels on the nose landing gear assembly.
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Idea nets AMXS Airman $10,000
Master Sgt. Barry Buchmiller, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was just looking to make good use of a part that was going to be turned into scrap metal. While Sergeant Buchmiller was a member of the 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 12, he found out that the squadron was discarding an old nose gear trainer because the squadron was in the
0 4/13
2007
Brent Carney, 62nd Medical Operations Squadron, adjusts a food pyramid display at the Health and Wellness Center Tuesday.  Mr. Carney, the new base dietician, has been a dietician for 18 years. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tyler Hemstreet) McChord welcomes new dietician
Airmen, dependents and retirees have a new resource on their side to help them eat healthy and stay fit. Brent Carney, a registered dietician for 18 years, was recently hired to work in the 62nd Medical Group's Health and Wellness Center. He will work with Airmen, spouses, retirees and children and help to promote a variety of nutritional
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2007
Default Air Force Logo McChord Airmen travel ‘down under’ to train Aussies
The one-month trip to Australia was a temporary duty assignment that most Airmen only dream of. It provided a chance to take in the local culture, visit sandy beaches, eat exotic cuisine and even try out one of the country's most popular sports -- cricket. But it was also a chance for four Airmen from the 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 12, and
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2007
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael Lovett, 62nd Airlift Wing, reads from a near acuity chart during a visit to the Optometry clinic Tuesday March 15, 2007 while Optometrist Major Christine Stabile, 62nd Medical Operations Squadron, uses add lenses to measure for bifocals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman) Good looking out: Optometry keeps Airmen's eyes on the mission
When Airmen can see everything clearly, focusing on the mission becomes that much easier. The 62nd Medical Group's optometry flight makes sure Airmen can do just that each time they step through the doors. The flight serves between 300 and 400 active duty Airmen, retirees, dependents, Reservists and military members from other branches who need the
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2007
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Staff Sgt. Ronald West prepares for the fitness improvement class by straighting a row of spin bikes  March 9, 2007 at the fitness center annex. Sergeant West is a certified personal trainer assigned to the 62nd Services Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman) Five-star fitness: Two 62nd SVS programs earn highest grades
The 62nd Services Squadron recently earned Five Star status for its outdoor recreation and fitness programs here. The award, which is given by the Air Force Services Agency, provides annual recognition and acknowledgement for bases that have reached the highest standard of achievement in all aspects of program management, AFSA officials said. The
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2007
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