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  • 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,
  • New command chief ready to serve Airmen

    From touring different work areas and attending several official functions to participating in the last operational readiness exercise, the new command chief hit the ground running when he showed up the first day of work.Chief Master Sgt. Gordon Drake, the 62nd Airlift Wing's new command chief, has been here for less than three months, but he's
  • Medal of Honor recipient makes sergeant's re-enlistment memorable

    Not many Airmen, especially those who have had several, can look back and say that their re-enlistment was an event they'll remember for the rest of their life.This is not the case for one master sergeant because for her re-enlistment, retired Col. Joe Jackson, Medal of Honor recipient, administered the Oath of Enlistment."I was incredibly honored
  • 62nd Aerial Port Squadron: Moving you there

    Commonly referred to as "Military FedEx," the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron's mission is to take people and cargo to the fight. "Our mission is to move passengers and cargo where it needs to go," said Tech. Sgt. Charles Branum, 62nd APS shift supervisor. "We deliver for a channel, which is a normal day to day operation. Or, we deliver for mobility
  • The sweet, soulful sounds of country music

    The sweet, soulful sounds of country music lyrics flooded through the 62nd Maintenance Squadron's Non-Destructive Inspection office, drowning out the talk of aircraft maintenance ever so briefly. The melody wasn't coming from a radio turned up past a respectable volume, but from Airman 1st Class Rachel Kleist, 62nd MXS, who was performing an ad hoc