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  • Aircraft Structural Maintenance: MXS’ structural maintenance shop keeps aircraft flying, looking great

    From the newly refinished C-17 Globemaster III model perched on a stand in front of Bldg. 100 to the freshly repainted C-82 Packet aircraft at McChord's Air Museum, the 62nd Maintenance Squadron's Aircraft Structural Maintenance shop plays a key role in keeping McChord looking sharp. "A lot of places, you're only as good as your product looks,"
  • Battle-tested warriors: Two 22nd STS members earn Bronze Stars for their valor

    Tech. Sgts. Jared and Brad of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron were awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor last week for their bravery and heroism while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. Col. William Sherman, 720th Special Tactics Group deputy commander, presented the medals to the two sergeants as they stood in front of 22nd STS squadron members
  • Arts & Crafts: Creative projects await Airmen at base arts and crafts center

    Though you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at the rather plain, warehouse-style building, McChord's Arts and Crafts Center is a place where people can get in touch with their creative side. The program, which recently garnered the 2007 Best in Air Mobility Command award for arts and crafts, offers a wide variety of projects for everyone. When
  • Fleet Services: APS Airmen get their hands dirty

    The tools of their trade are neatly organized in the back of a white, windowless truck parked at the loading dock of a building at the edge of the flightline. Each stack of coffee stirrers, cups and paper towels has its own spot in the neatly cordoned-off rear of the truck. There are also spots for motion sickness bags, packs of ear plugs, wet
  • Medical clinic offers new vaccine, eye surgeries

    Not even the deep snow on the ground, treacherous road conditions or numerous late reporting days during the last couple of weeks could stop the 62nd Medical Group's clinic from opening its doors to its patients. "Throughout all the weather-related incidents, we kept things running for folks," said Col. Thomas McCauley, 62nd MDG commander. Even
  • Little things do count: Comfort, customer service top priority at Evergreen Inn

    McChord's Evergreen Inn got an unexpected surge of occupancy in the aftermath of the violent windstorm that hit western Washington in December. It was a surge the lodging section welcomed with open arms. Approximately 400 residents from Pierce, Thurston and south King counties checked into the inn due to power outages from the storm.Although the
  • Scene of the crime: Base OSI protects DOD, AF assets, operations

    Whether it means hitting the streets of cities surrounding the base questioning witnesses, comparing notes with local law enforcement or combing through a crime scene with a fine-toothed comb, McChord's Office of Special Investigations plays a silent role in keeping the base secure. OSI's official mission is to deliver special investigative
  • Don’t believe the hype: Physical fitness requires commitment, determination

    "Lose weight, feel great." "Perfect abs in eight minutes a day." We've all seen the commercials and been tempted to run credit card-in-hand to the nearest phone to buy the latest pill or piece of equipment promising to make us instantly thin and beautiful. However, according to base physiologist, Patrick Conway, 62nd Medical Operations Squadron,
  • 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