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  • Aircrews offered a sigh of relief from Altitude Chamber Training

    Capt. Jeff Huiatt, 97th Airlift Squadron pilot, banks his C-17 Globemaster III at 25,000 feet over the mountains of Washington. Everything appears normal for this routine flight. Suddenly, he begins to feel a tingling sensation in his hands and his chest becomes heavy making it difficult to breathe, he feels he may pass out. Huiatt realizes he is
  • The Birth of a Champion

    Katherine Shroyer had a pretty good day at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Swim Meet Jan. 22 at Soldiers Field House with four first place finishes.What makes it an even more impressive accomplishment is that just eight weeks prior she gave birth to her daughter Vera, who was in the audience with her husband and sister while she competed."I'm feeding
  • McChord Airman serves nation and community

    Master Sgt. Phil Ryan received the call early in his shift. It concerned a young man who was sleeping in a car in a grocery store parking lot. The man's mother and girlfriend were concerned for his safety. They feared that due to his prior drug abuse and his state of mind, the young man was in danger of hurting himself or someone else.Ryan, the
  • ATC: A challenging and rewarding path

    What would it be like to be responsible for the lives hundreds of people and millions of dollars worth of assets?From more than 100 feet in the air, Team McChord air traffic controllers face this reality daily. Responsible for coordinating aircraft in McChord Field's airspace, 62nd Operations Support Squadron controllers ensure the safety of all
  • AFAS help in time of need

    When life hits you hard and you don't have the money to get by, who do you turn to? The Air Force Aid Society at McChord Field offers grants and interest-free loans to Airmen going through crisis. AFAS is a non-profit organization established in 1942 to provide financial assistance to Airmen experiencing financial distress. For Airmen going through
  • Memory's requiem: 12 years after 9/11

    She held the Airfone receiver close to her mouth and spoke in a clear, concise manner. "The cockpit's not answering," the flight attendant said as her voice wavered slightly. "Somebody's stabbed in business class, and um, I think there is mace that we can't breathe. I don't know, but I think we're getting hijacked."For the next four minutes, Betty
  • Airmen spinning their wheels for McChord’s C-17 fleet

    What if your work center had the latest, cutting-edge technology that nobody else in the military had ever seen or used before? For the 62nd Maintenance Squadron, June of this year was forever benchmarked in their organization with the installation of their new prototype wheel and tire machine. The machine, which was constructed by HHI, Inc., is
  • Green Knights forge safe riders

    Clad in leather roaring down the streets of Washington, a group of bikers, ride for safety and "service before self."The Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club Chapter 3 members from JBLM not only have a love for riding but also a passion to make riding safe for others through mentorship and to help their community while doing so. Originally
  • Cross-training, it's more about preparation than luck

    Did you join the Air Force to become a firefighter but instead became a security forces member? Did you join to work in the legal office but instead the Air Force decided they needed you to work in the safety office? Are you ready for a career change by cross-training into a new Air Force Specialty Code? If you answered 'yes' to any of these
  • Two Combat Controllers hike with USAF Seven Summits Team

    For some, hiking and climbing for days, and sometimes months, through some of the harshest environments known to man, would seem like an arduous task not enjoyed by many. Two Airmen from Team McChord experienced just that as they summited Mount Rainier, Wash., July 19 through 22.Staff Sgt. Brian Wadtke and Master Sgt. Doug Neville, who are both