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  • From spouse to officer: Airman nears two decades of military service

    Military spouses are a distinct type of spouse as they pay the price for freedom too. From holding down the fort between temporary duty assignments and deployments to packing up a house and moving every few years, spouses are the constant that service members need. For nearly two decades, this has been the life of U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Amanda Martinez, officer in charge of readiness and logistics with the 62nd Medical Squadron.
  • Maintaining excellence: 62 AMXS Airman receives AF-level award

    Maintainers fill a critical role in keeping the Air Force’s fleet in the air to project air power, dominance and rapid global mobility. These experts ensure the aircraft in their care are ready to fly at a moment’s notice so pilots can safely and effectively complete their mission. Earlier this year, Tech. Sgt. Daylon Siverly, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the jet shop and flying crew chief, was selected as the Air Force’s 2020 Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award winner for the NCO category.
  • SNCO overcomes ultimate tribulation

    As a newly promoted master sergeant, Anthony DiMase was well prepared for the next stepping stone in his career, but he was not prepared for the life-altering news that would make this road a bit rockier. In June of 2017, six years into his time here, DiMase was diagnosed with cancer mid-transition into his new role as the superintendent for the 62nd Airlift Wing Inspector General office.
  • 8 AS Airman’s career is a slam ‘dunk’

    For a quarter of a century, one Airman has dedicated his life to serving in the Air Force and is now getting ready to retire from the same squadron he first entered at the start of his career. Master Sgt. Michael “Dunk” Dunkelberger, 62nd Operations Group evaluator loadmaster on loan from the 8th Airlift Squadron, has spent the last 25 years delivering troops and cargo around the world as an Air Force loadmaster.
  • Team McChord honors women with all-female mission

    With March being Women’s History Month, it is important to recognize how the role of women in the military has dramatically changed over the years. During the 18th and 19th centuries, women were confined to serving as cooks, seamstresses and nurses. The formation of the Women’s Army Corps in 1941 expanded women’s roles, but women weren’t integrated into the military until 1978, and even then, they weren’t allowed to serve in combat. It wasn’t until 2016 that all combat jobs were opened to women. Team McChord Airmen came together to complete an all-female flight training mission on a C-17 Globemaster III Dec. 14, 2020, to honor and highlight women in the U.S. Air Force. From the Port Dawgs who loaded the aircraft, maintenance and logistics who prepared the jet for takeoff, to the pilots and loadmasters who flew the training mission, every Airman involved was female.
  • How one Airman maximized their growth thanks to a second chance

    Despite a rough start during his first enlistment at then-McChord Air Force Base, Washington, Master Sgt. Timothy Nonn, the 62nd Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, has been on an upward trajectory for the majority of his nearly 16-year career. “It took me little while to get used to military standards,” Nonn said. “I was nearly denied my first reenlistment due to a lack of conformity.”
  • West Coast Demo Team highlights C-17 capabilities

    Peaking out behind white fluffy clouds, the sun shone down on the crowd of excited beachgoers enjoying the strong breeze rippling across the ocean waves. Heads began to turn and eyes searched the horizon as the sound of four turbofan jet engines could be heard over the crashing of the wind-churned sea. Amidst nudging elbows and fingers pointing, the 174-foot C-17 Globemaster III came into view and roared above the spectators down below. The 62nd Airlift Wing’s (AW) C-17 West Coast Demo (demonstration) Team showcased their skills and the aircraft’s capabilities in the 2020 Fort Lauderdale Air Show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nov. 21-22. The air show was held on Fort Lauderdale Beach and featured demonstration acts from all four U.S. Air Force fighter jet demo teams and a few civilian acts.
  • Movember and men’s health

    November is upon us, and with the changing of the leaves and college football kicking into high gear, we also begin to see a rise in mustaches. “Movember,” as it is known, is a campaign seeking to raise awareness for various men’s health issues, specifically certain cancers, by, well … growing mustaches. A similar campaign, “No Shave November,” also works to raise awareness about cancers affecting men during the same month and encourages men not to shave and to grow beards instead. While this is not as steeped in military tradition as “Mustache March” in which Airmen honor Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, a triple ace from the World War II and Vietnam eras, military installations do see a noticeable rise in crumb catchers each November.
  • 627th CS plays vital role in success of mission during pandemic

    The 627th Communications Squadron (627th CS) played an essential role in enabling members of Team McChord to work remotely during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Many members of Team McChord, whose jobs were able to be conducted from home, began doing so to limit peoples’ exposure to others. The 627th CS increased their workload by enabling a shift in teleworking capabilities through the acquisition of laptops and virtual private network (VPN) certificates.
  • Team McChord remembers VJ Day

    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 (WWII). The mood onboard was one of solemnity and rather different from the mass celebrations on the Aug. 14-15, 1945, which took place around the world when Japan declared their intentions to surrender. Sept. 2, 1945 was a day for remembering.