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  • 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
  • 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