The 62nd Maintenance Squadron (62nd MXS) hydraulics shop, in conjunction with the 446th MXS, is working on 16 C-17 Globemaster III hydraulic brakes that arrived here from a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) facility via the Air Force supply system, Aug. 12. The hydraulics shop here typically receives an average of four or five brakes a month to repair and have mission-ready. However, the team welcomes the challenge of fixing 16 brakes at one time.
Air Mobility Command (AMC) leadership visited Team McChord as part of a listening tour of AMC bases, Sept. 2-3. Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, AMC commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, met with Team McChord Airmen and learned about their unique mission.
Seventy-five years ago on board the deck of the USS Missouri, Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur watched as Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and Japanese General Yoshijiro Umezu signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender officially ending the war in the Pacific, and thereby, World War II.
The United Service Organizations Northwest (USO NW) Shali Center and mobile events programs have adapted their operations to accommodate service members and families during the COVID-19 pandemic here. Since the temporary suspension of operations, the USO, primarily the mobile program, has served about 34,380 people, which has already exceeded 2019’s estimation of 30,000 people served.
Airman 1st Class David Newgent, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals a C-17 Globemaster III to its parking spot during Exercise Long Hammer/Rainier War at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 10, 2020. Exercises like this maintain Team McChord’s readiness to deploy and operate anywhere anytime. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)
Exercise Rainier War 2020 was conducted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. from Aug 3 - 7, 2020. The purpose of Rainier War is to exercise and evaluate the ability to plan, generate, and execute an airlift tasking, to sustain contingency operations, and demonstrate limited elements of full spectrum readiness (FSR) while in a contested and degraded operations (CDO) environment.
A team of 30 Airmen departed here to start a two-week quarantine period in Christchurch, New Zealand, Aug. 5, before conducting missions delivering supplies to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The 304th Expeditionary Air Squadron (EAS) is a deployed unit made up of Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing, 446th Airlift Wing and one supply troop from the 627th Air Base Group. Their mission is Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), which annually delivers and retrieves scientists and their supplies to and from Antarctica.
The 62nd Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) flight maintains flight line ground equipment such as diesel engines, air compressors, heaters, and jacks as well as prepare them to pass cargo inspections. After flight line equipment has been defueled, cleaned, prepared, and inspected, it is towed to the mobility line to wait to be taken to the flight line to be loaded onto an aircraft and transported to wherever it might be needed.

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