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  • 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
  • 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