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  • Built in the 1930s, Bldg. 100 was once the Army Air Corps barracks. Now, it houses customer services, such as military personnel. No matter what its function though, it will always be affectionately known as ... The castle

    It's not everyday that you can go more than a mile in just a dozen steps. But that's just what people have been able to do on a daily basis since previously scattered service units moved into the renovated Bldg. 100 last year. Since customer service functions such as the military personnel flight and finance office moved into the "castle," Airmen
  • Combat airdrop missions offer challenges, rewards

    As McChord's 4th Airlift Squadron, deployed as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, prepared for a recent combat airdrop the day after Thanksgiving, Capt. Sarah Young, 4th AS, took a moment to commemorate the event. Before the pallets were loaded onto the C-17 Globemaster III, Captain Young wrote some goodwill messages on the labeling tape of
  • McChord's aircrews slide through Deep Freeze

    One thing about flying here is McChord C-17 pilots don't have to worry about bird strikes until they land on the frozen runway. Air Force jets are about the only birds that fly this far south -- the other birds walk. Despite a frigid 5 degrees below zero with winds gusting up to 28 miles an hour, the McChord-based aircrew lifted off from their base
  • Aircraft parts store supplies nuts, bolts of Air Force mission

    While at technical training school, Airman Laketta Evans, 62nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, wasn't shy about asking her instructors how the different jobs in the Air Force link together. Airman Evans didn't have to wait long to find out how important the parts store is in the bigger Air Force picture. "I didn't know exactly how much it would be a
  • McChord’s chapel staff offers spiritual renewal

    While the primary focus of chapel services is hosting religious services at McChord, the chapel staff's effort and message often extend well beyond the pews and the building's steeple. The chapel staff prides itself on serving Airmen at home and while deployed, with their main focus being to serve as counselors to those in need. "In that sense of
  • Base historian ensures McChord’s accomplishments are not forgotten

    The base historian isn't someone you're likely to run into on a routine basis, since he spends most of his time by himself, poring over classified documents and writing a detailed history of McChord's activities. "Most of the time I'm in my office with the door closed," said Tech. Sgt. Kevan Kipp, 62nd Airlift Wing, who has worked as McChord's base
  • McChord’s flight kitchen caters to needs of Airmen

    When stomachs start growling in the middle of a night shift, Airmen working on the flightline don't have many meal options to choose from. That's when the flight kitchen comes to the rescue. "When you can't go to another area to eat due to mission constraints, that's where we come in," said Tech. Sgt Sarah Butcher, 62nd Services Squadron. The 62nd
  • Mortuary affairs supplies 'pillar of confidence ' to next of kin

    During a time when grief can take over the situation, it is a shoulder to lean on; when feelings of anxiety start to creep in, it is a calming voice; and when important decisions need to be made, it is the first to be contacted. When an active duty Airman with family in the area is killed or seriously injured, 62nd Service Squadron Mortuary Affairs
  • Retired CMSAF visits base

    Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor visited McChord recently for a base tour and to speak at the Air Force Sergeant's Association Division 14 convention. Although he is retired, Chief Gaylor, who was the fifth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, keeps busy traveling around the country speaking to Air Force members. McChord
  • AMXS takes softball title

    Just one year away from losing several key players to deployments and temporary duty assignments, the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron softball team -- or as their orange jerseys so colorfully illustrate in blue cursive, the "Clowns" -- knew it had to strike while the iron was hot.And strike it did, defeating the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron team