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  • Combat Raider keeps joint-force proficient, ready for battle

    A young pilot dangles dangerously far from the grassy South Dakota tundra, held on by nothing more than a strap, a cable and a medic from the South Dakota National Guard.  As the Soldier and Airmen are hoisted up toward the HH-60 Pave Hawk medical helicopter, fake blood runs down the captain’s face.  Personnel recovery is a pilot’s nightmare, but
  • Vietnam Veteran preserves Air Force history

    Hidden away in the 62nd Airlift Wing history office, works a Vietnam Veteran and retired lieutenant colonel. While working daily to preserve McChord and Air Force history, Dr. Robert Allen, 62nd AW historian, holds a rich history of his own. Allen grew up as an Army brat in the 1950’s. His father was a signal officer in the Army and was stationed
  • Overcoming challenges - McChord's Wounded Warriors

    “I’m not a deeply religious person, but I believe there is something or someone out there and whatever he or she is doing is guiding me, because it’s going to help me see what I need to.”These words from Robert Snyder, McChord Field Air Force Recovery Care Coordinator, ring true throughout his life, especially now.It’s Snyder’s job to help our
  • Living History: WWII vets and B17 take to the sky over Seattle

    The B-17 Flying Fortress is an icon of World War II, especially when talking about the aerial war in the European theater. A bomber that could do things no other could before it. With a payload of 9,600 pounds and a range of 3,750 miles the B-17s were able to inflict heavy losses on Axis’s infrastructure facilities and defenses.A fully restored
  • Connecting at 22,000 feet

    It was a beautiful spring day in April 2016, when two KC-135 Stratotankers took flight from Fairchild Air Force Base to participate in an ordinary air-refueling training exercise. The sun was warm, the sky was blue and there was nothing in the way of the flight the Marchesseault brothers were about to experience; for them, the day was anything but
  • Airmen find way to pay it forward

    Celebrating the second annual "Third Thursday in Thurston" Oct. 15, 184 Airmen from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 627th Air Base Group volunteered their time for a day of giving back to nine different organizations throughout Thurston County.Colonel Will Phillips III, JBLM deputy commander and 627th ABG commander, said it was an opportunity for
  • Team McChord Airmen have unique methods for PT

    Tech. Sgt. James Abney, Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment shop NCO in charge, smiles at the workout he has assembled for his Airmen. It is called Tabata. This relay challenge consists of eight rounds of push-ups, sit-ups, squats and a single lap around the McChord Field track. It was created to be brutal and exhausting. It was also designed
  • Who Are Those Airmen with the Red Hats?

    It is just a typical day for Staff Sgt. Christopher Hoffman, 627th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor. His office for the day is Range 108 next to North Fort Lewis at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., where he prepares for the students heading his way. Hoffman walks around his "office" as the gravel crunches under his feet. He notices a
  • Ravens help protect deployed C-17 crews

    During a routine inspection in January on a remote airfield in the Central African Republic, Senior Airman Chase Vento discovered a teenage boy hiding in the wheel well for the landing gear of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft."He told me that he was trying to get to Tanzania to see his mom," Vento said.But the aircraft was actually transporting
  • Age Ranger makes his mark while deployed

    Staff Sgt. Andrew Snow is an aerospace ground equipment technician from the 62nd Maintenance Squadron who has commanded the attention of his supervision by exceeding standards and going above beyond his assigned duties while deployed with the 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Southwest Asia. Snow deployed to Ali Al
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