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  • The way it was

    A historian’s job is to not only record history, but also to teach it and perhaps remind people about the way things were. The most glorious part of my job is to present the history of our most celebrated achievements: Operation Homecoming, Deep Freeze, Unified Response and so much more. The most difficult part of my job is finding a way to tell the story of moments that make us cringe and would rather forget. I can write all day long about our most heroic moments, but I struggle with this story and have decided to just to rip the band-aid off. This is the story of segregation in the Air Force.
  • Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits Deadline Upcoming

    Previously there were no restrictions on when a service member could transfer educational benefits to their family members, provided they could obtain retainability. In July 2018, the Department of Defense made a change that states in part “eligibility to transfer those [Post-9/11 GI Bill] benefits will be limited to service members with less than 16 years of total service (active duty service and/or selected reserves as applicable)”. Effective Jan. 12, 2020, any service member with more than 16 years of service will not be eligible to transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their family members. From now until Jan. 11, 2020, if you have more than 6 years of service, have 4 years retainability or are able to extend or reenlist to obtain retainability, you are likely eligible to transfer your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a qualified family member. To submit a TEB request, please contact the McChord Field Education Center via email at mcchord.education@us.af.mil or walk in to Bldg. 851, third floor, Tuesday through Thursday, 0900-1500, or submit online using the following TEB Instructions.
  • McChord Airmen boost American Embassy in Jordan

    In a small non-descript building on a Royal Jordanian Air Force flight line sits a vital piece of American diplomacy. Inside, three Airmen work with Akram Al Ramone, a Jordanian who works as Lead Foreign Service National, Port Ops, for the U.S. State Department and splits his time between an office in the U.S. Embassy-Amman and a desk in the team’s office. Together they provide logistics for the State Department’s embassy to Jordan’s regional diplomacy mission through airlift movements.
  • 4th AS adopts children as honorary pilots

    A U.S. Air Force community outreach program continues to provide children facing health difficulties an opportunity to have fun and see firsthand some of the things that Airmen do. The current Pilot for a Day (PFAD) program at McChord Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord was created in 2010 as a collaboration between the local Air Force Association (AFA) Chapter 334 PFAD committee and the 4th Airlift Squadron (AS).
  • Into the hot zone

    Air Force Airmen are trained to operate in many different environments and combat many different enemies. From the flak riddled skies over Europe during WWII to the subzero temperatures on the frigid ice of Antarctica during the annual Operation Deep Freeze, there really is no place our Airmen cannot triumph over. However, what happens in an austere environment where the enemy is not only deadly, but invisible?
  • Operation Unified Response

    Not only do Team McChord Airmen deploy to the Middle East, they also fly around the globe, transporting cargo and personnel to regions devastated by natural disasters, proving themselves not only a fighting force, but a lifesaving force.
  • A Solemn Promise

    Forty-six years ago a C-141 with McChord crew members touched down at Travis Air Force Base (AFB) in February 1973. On board were American prisoners of war (POWs), finally freed from their Vietnamese captors and eager to see their families. A McChord loadmaster opened the door and then quickly stepped aside so Navy pilot Lt. Everett Alvarez, Jr., who spent eight years in captivity, could exit the plane and step foot on American soil once again. Over the next two months, U.S. Airmen and aircraft, including those from the 62 Airlift Wing (AW), would help repatriate 591 American POWs including Army Col. Floyd James Thompson, the war’s longest held POW, and Navy aviator John McCain. America celebrated the return of their heroes and, for a moment, the pain and controversy of the Vietnam War was washed away and replaced by welcome home banners and balloons. This operation would become known as Operation Homecoming. While some American families rejoiced in the homecoming of their beloved sons and husbands, many families continued to wait and wonder if their heroes would ever come home from North Korea or Vietnam.
  • Humanitarian Airmen

    Our military members know all too well the feeling of watching the news and wondering if they will need to deploy when tensions mount anywhere there are American interests. Air Mobility Command Airmen also watch the news and prepare for a phone call when natural disasters strike anywhere in the world. As units of AMC, the 62nd Airlift Wing and the 446th AW not only bring the fight to the enemy, but also bring much needed aid and support to those in jeopardy.
  • Where it's cold we go

    When we think of U.S. military aircraft working in austere environments, we generally imagine aircraft landing on a dusty airfield somewhere in the Middle East. After all, for the past 20 years, the Air Force has played a major role getting troops and materiel to the fight in the Middle East. What we don’t normally picture is a C-17 Globemaster III landing on a windswept runway made of ice in Antarctica.
  • 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.”
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