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  • 18th AF leadership talks spouse employment, license reciprocity

    Some aspects of being in the military can be hard on individuals and families. To gain better insight into the issues Airmen and their families face at McChord Field, Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and his wife, Kelly Barrett, visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord to learn what’s working, what isn’t and where they can help. “The issues that spouses face here are the same, for the most part, across the nation,” Kelly said. “There is education for children, access to health care, employment for spouses and license reciprocity. “Some spouses have careers that require a license to work in a certain state, and, if they PCS to a new one, it can take months and cost hundreds of dollars to become certified in that new state.”
  • Airmen battle ice, snow to ensure readiness

    Low clouds and a light fog shroud the flightline as the Airmen wait indoors for their schedule for the day. It’s a brisk, cold morning promising ice on the aircrafts blanketed in the mist. For aircrews, ice or snow on their jet can prove to be a major hazard, and before they can fly, maintenance Airmen must deice the aircraft four hours before takeoff to help mitigate those hazards.
  • Deployed Airmen discover spiritual fortitude

    Leaving for or returning from a deployment can challenge the resiliency of 62nd Airlift Wing Airmen. They have to say goodbye to their families and friends and be a part from them for a considerable amount time. Then, when they return, they could have undergone times of great stress during their deployment. In order to offer spiritual help to these Airmen, the 62nd AW Chaplain and 62nd Operations Group commander initiated the inclusion of a religious support team (RST) on flights taking Airmen to and from deployed locations. During the quarterly Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) swap out at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, RSTs have now become an integrated part of the process. The RST consists of two Airmen, a chaplain and a religious affairs specialist. During the final EAS swap out of 2018, the RST was comprised of Chaplain (Capt.) Jammie Bigbey and Staff Sgt. John Nieves Camacho.
  • Joint Base Unique – Airman makes history through Army partners

    The U.S. Air Force’s Security Forces has a long history dating back to World War II. Since 1942, the team we used to identify as the Army Air Forces have evolved to the security forces known today. In 1952, five years after the birth of the Air Force, Airmen began to transition away from Army military occupation codes to Air Force specialty codes. One of the changes implemented over time was commanders of security forces squadrons would no longer be called provost marshal, while our Army counterparts kept provost marshal as an enduring identifier of their commanders. In order to further build cohesion between the Air Force and Army at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 627th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) commander, Maj. Michael Holt, has also been named the JBLM deputy provost marshal, making him the first Airman to hold the position in over half a century.
  • 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.