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MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Airman 1st Class Takuma Strain, 62nd Medical Operations Squadron, uses a data logging thermal stress monitor to chart heat stress data. (U.S. Air Force photos/Abner Guzman) Bioenvironmental Engineering Element: BEEs stand prepared to protect McChord from harmful substances
In an era where trace amounts of an unknown powder can scare hundreds, and a small vial of a biological agent can potentially kill thousands, McChord's Bioenvironmental Engineering Element, also known as the "BEEs," plays a vital role in keeping Airmen safe.That responsibility is something the BEEs work hard to accomplish each day, no matter the
0 9/22
2006
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Staff Sgt. Gregory Spiker, 5th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron, takes a weather observation for the launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle recently. Sergeant Spiker is deployed from the 1st Weather Squadron at Fort Lewis.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Dawn Ross)
Squadron turns weather into military ally
Though the stifling desert heat in Iraq rarely gives way to pouring rain or heavy snowfall, unstable weather can often compromise a mission.The 5th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron works hard to make sure that never happens. The 5th EASOS, currently deployed from Fort Lewis to a forward operating base in Iraq, is composed of a
0 9/22
2006
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Lt. Col. Ted Detwiler, 62nd Operations Support Squadron, coaches 9-year-old Jeremy Poppert in the finer points of playing goalie.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tyler Hemstreet)
Youth sports benefit Airmen, kids
Some of the most valuable leadership skills being taught at McChord aren't in the shops, offices or on the flightline -- but on the soccer field.Teamwork is teamwork no matter how you look at it, said Lt. Col. Ted Detwiler, 62nd Operations Support Squadron, who coaches his son's 9 and 10-year-old soccer team."[The soccer field] is a great learning
0 9/15
2006
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --
Capt. Kevin Marmillion, 4th Airlift Squadron, prepares to rendezvous with a KC-10 Extender during a simulated air refueling mission.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Abner Guzman)
Flying without leaving the ground: McChord’s flight simulators give C-17 pilots, loadmasters the chance to get hands-on experience
C-17 Globemaster III pilots stationed at McChord can fly from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to , or without ever leaving McChord. Three state-of-the-art flight simulators run by Boeing give pilots from all seven flying active duty and reserve squadrons on base the ability to practice emergency procedures, instrument flying, air refueling and
0 9/15
2006
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. —
McChord Heritage Center volunteer Joe Janukowicz explains an exhibit at the museum. Mr. Janukowicz has been involved with the museum for more than 10 years. U.S. Air Force/Photo by Abner Guzman
For a dedicated group of Air Force veterans, working at McChord’s Heritage Center is ... A labor of love
The McChord Heritage Center not only connects visitors to decades of rich aviation history, but it also connects them to those who work behind the scenes. Retired Air Force Col. Herman Wood is an expert on the legacy of the enlisted pilot. Mr. Wood, who is an 87-year-old docent at the museum, was a member of the Air Force's last enlisted pilot
0 9/07
2006
Default Air Force Logo Calling Sgt. Doolittle… Vet clinic serves bases’ furry friends
When Soldiers and Airmen get the call to be deployed or transferred to another base, they must ensure that their pets are ready to go. The McChord Veterinary Treatment Facility makes sure taking care of pets isn't overlooked, said Dr. Brian Neir, a veterinarian at the facility. Approving about 800 pets for world travel sums up what the veterinary
0 8/24
2006
Default Air Force Logo McChord’s resident golf pro teaches Airmen, family members: Women’s Professional Golf Tour champ gives tips at base golf course
Whispering Firs Golf Course club pro Chris Burkhart cuts right to the point when it comes to her job at McChord. "Without a doubt, it's the best golf job I've ever had," the 56-year-old Burkhart said. She learned to play at age 10, but since there was no female high school golf team at the time, Ms. Burkhart took up tennis, she said. She spent four
0 8/24
2006
Default Air Force Logo First Friday offers food, fun, relaxation: Airmen socialize, enjoy music, win prizes at McChord’s Clubs and Community Center
Airmen piled their plates high with meatballs, buffalo wings, potato wedges and jalapeño poppers while the disc jockey spun some early Michael Jackson Aug. 4 at McChord's Clubs and Community Center as part of First Friday. Roger Davis, 62nd Services Squadron deputy chief of services, said the monthly event is a good way to boost Airmen's
0 8/24
2006
Default Air Force Logo Deployment processing at McChord aims for efficiency, less stressful
Deployment is a reality every Airman has to face while serving. Fortunately, constant throughout the entire deployment process is a support network available to Airmen, from the many pre-deployment briefings open to Airmen and their families to the unit deployment manager who helps ensure Airmen's pre-deployment checklists are current, said Richard
0 8/24
2006
Default Air Force Logo Summer busiest time to PCS:Traffic management office offers advice for smooth moves
Summertime for many means time spent with family and travel ... but not always in the form of a vacation. This time of year traditionally sees a lot of change of stations, causing many Airmen to pack for more than just a few days off. However, Rocky Deaton, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron Traffic Management Office chief of personal property, said
0 8/17
2006
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