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  • 4th AS welcomes newest ‘Pilot for a Day’

    If the proverb is true that laughter is the best medicine, then perhaps a smile could go a long way for a child with a serious or chronic condition. For McChord’s Pilot for a Day program, the hope is to spread a smile across the face of a participating child for the full day they are part of the McChord Field family as an honorary pilot. With a motto stating, “A special day for our special kids,” the McChord Field Air Force Association (AFA) is in charge of the program and is responsible for funding and child nominations. February 20, 10-year-old McKay Neel became the newest honorary pilot in the 4th Airlift Squadron as he, his family and his friends received a tour of a variety of places to experience what it is like on base.
  • Combat arms help Airmen sharpen sights on readiness

    The 627th Security Forces Squadron holds combat arms training and maintenance courses to train Airmen on the characteristics, nomenclature, assembly, disassembly, maintenance and firing of small-arms weapons such as the M-4 carbine and M-9 pistol at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
  • ‘Guardian Angel’ Airman aids ailing Korean War vet

    There are many who believe there is no such thing as coincidence; things happen for a reason and people enter their lives for a purpose.If retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Ronald Price and Staff Sgt. Daniel Watkins, 627th Security Forces Squadron unit training manager, did not count themselves among those who believe in fate prior to their
  • 62nd, 446th Airlift Wings support science through Operation DEEP FREEZE

    In conjunction with the 446th Airlift Wing, the 62nd Operations Group kicked off the 2017-2018 season of Operation DEEP FREEZE (ODF), a mission offering unparalleled Department of Defense support to the National Science Foundation (NSF)-managed U.S. Antarctic Program, with operations that began in late September.According to the NSF website,
  • 62nd APS lifts cargo, spirits on island of Dominica

    During what will likely be remembered as one of the fiercest hurricane seasons in a century, the Caribbean island of Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria, which made landfall in mid-September as a Category 5 hurricane.In response, the 62nd Airlift Wing deployed members of the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron to support air mobility operations for
  • McChord to Travis: Retired chief recalls son’s birth

    Mothers and fathers look forward to the birth of a child, especially their first. Many military fathers miss the birth of a child because they are serving thousands of miles away supporting missions all over the world.
  • Combat Raider keeps joint-force proficient, ready for battle

    A young pilot dangles dangerously far from the grassy South Dakota tundra, held on by nothing more than a strap, a cable and a medic from the South Dakota National Guard.  As the Soldier and Airmen are hoisted up toward the HH-60 Pave Hawk medical helicopter, fake blood runs down the captain’s face.  Personnel recovery is a pilot’s nightmare, but
  • Vietnam Veteran preserves Air Force history

    Hidden away in the 62nd Airlift Wing history office, works a Vietnam Veteran and retired lieutenant colonel. While working daily to preserve McChord and Air Force history, Dr. Robert Allen, 62nd AW historian, holds a rich history of his own. Allen grew up as an Army brat in the 1950’s. His father was a signal officer in the Army and was stationed
  • Overcoming challenges - McChord's Wounded Warriors

    “I’m not a deeply religious person, but I believe there is something or someone out there and whatever he or she is doing is guiding me, because it’s going to help me see what I need to.”These words from Robert Snyder, McChord Field Air Force Recovery Care Coordinator, ring true throughout his life, especially now.It’s Snyder’s job to help our
  • Living History: WWII vets and B17 take to the sky over Seattle

    The B-17 Flying Fortress is an icon of World War II, especially when talking about the aerial war in the European theater. A bomber that could do things no other could before it. With a payload of 9,600 pounds and a range of 3,750 miles the B-17s were able to inflict heavy losses on Axis’s infrastructure facilities and defenses.A fully restored
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