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  • Be there when your Wingman needs you the most

    On an August afternoon, following a day of fishing, hanging out with friends and drinking a few beers, a McChord Field Airman began his drive home only to be stopped by the flashing lights of a police car.Senior Airman Clayton Horne, 7th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, learned from the officer that he'd been pulled over for a faulty brake light, but
  • AMXS NCO mentor cadets 8,000 miles a second

    The image was small but the smiles were big as four deployed service members connected to a classroom full of Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets in North Carolina, more than 8,000 miles away.Video conferencing with Piedmont High School AFJROTC NC-955 in Monroe, N.C., Feb. 25, C-17 pilot 1st Lt. Anne Marie Kemp, loadmaster Airman
  • Why do we go through CAST?

    The unit deployment manager calls you into his office. He has something to tell you and you know he is about to say that you are going to deploy. Without a missing a beat, he lets you know that you have been selected to head to Afghanistan for a minimum of 179 days for a rotational deployment and that you are due to leave within the next few
  • 62nd APS takes pride to another level

    It is a typical Wednesday morning at Team McChord stand-up meeting. The room is filled with commanders, chief master sergeants, civilian leaders, first sergeants, field grade and company grade officers, senior noncommissioned officers, NCOs and Airmen. One by one the wing commander or his representative views slides from respective Team McChord
  • Deployed 4th AS loadmasters helps bring servicemembers home

    "Get seated as fast as possible, we have to fill this jet all the way up," said the loadmaster, giving directions to the passengers who had just entered the C-17 aircraft from Camp Bastian Airfield, Afghanistan.On this day, his passengers were more than 150 Marines who had been deployed for more than 365 days, and Staff Sgt. James Harp, 817th
  • What's the deal with all the blue bikes?

    Have you noticed all the big blue beach cruisers placed strategically around base and wondered why they're here? There are 50 of them around McChord Field and they've been here over a year now.The bikes are part of a bike share program that was developed from a suggestion during an Airmen's panel. The idea was to provide a source of transportation
  • Meet LaJuana Clark, CFC charity beneficiary

    (Editor's note: The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Oct. 9. To donate, contact Master Sgt. Andrea Andreasen at (253) 982-6574, or Master Sgt. Todd Wivell, at (253) 982-5645, or visit http://cfcgive.org/)LaJuana Clark had lost her job, her driver's license, and nearly everything. After living on the streets
  • C-17 crews perform flawlessly on ice

    Roughly four hours after takeoff, there's a rumble downstairs as passengers and crew come to life and start preparing for what's ahead. Only an hour remains of the relative warmth inside the jet. It's about to get cold. Real cold.Upstairs, one by one, the crewmembers on the flight deck step away from their seats and begin the process of putting on
  • Safety is paramount when going back to school

    (Editor's note: The mention of the nonprofit organization Safe Kids USA does not constitute endorsement or affiliation by the U.S. Air Force or the 62nd Airlift Wing.)The term "back to school" often conjures thoughts of great deals on new backpacks, clothes and notebooks. It is often characterized as a fresh start for kids and a much-needed break
  • Promotion is in your hands

    It is up to the individual to get promoted advised enlisted members here.The enlisted promotion system is based on several weighted factors, most of which are within the member's control, Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Noxon, the Air Force Personnel Center enlisted promotions and testing superintendent, said. Those factors include: time-in-service,
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