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  • Class in session: McChord's 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 12, teaches C-17 Globemaster III maintenance to Airmen around world

    Teaching is something every instructor and supervisor in the 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 12, takes very seriously. After all, the consequences of the squadron's students not knowing how to do the job correctly can have disastrous results. "We're talking about [the loss of] lives and millions of dollars worth of equipment," said 373rd TRS
  • McChord Airmen meet SuperSonics

    Four McChord Airmen got a glimpse on Wednesday of what it's like to walk in the large shoes of a professional basketball player. Senior Airman Troy Bame, 62nd Operations Support Squadron; Senior Master Sgt. Stephen Harris, 446th Services Flight; Staff Sgt. Daniel Tercero, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron; and Senior Airman Steven Spaulding, Western
  • 22nd STS brings air power to the fight on the ground

    Editor's note: Due to operations security, some 22nd Special Tactics Airmen are not fully identified in this story. The demand for joint terminal air controllers in the Global War on Terror is at an all-time high. In deployed locations, JTACs work closely with Special Operations Forces from the Army, Navy and Marines to integrate air power with
  • Taking care of our community: Family practice streamlines McChord patient process

    The 62nd Medical Operations Squadron's family practice clinic has several methods in place to fine-tune its processes and programs in order to better serve its patients. Through offering diabetes counseling classes, utilizing independent duty medical technicians and staffing a women's nurse practitioner, the family practice clinic is making it
  • Afghans train Afghans with U.S.mentors

    Afghan instructors are training Afghan national police officers in a series of security forces classes here, while two American Airmen provide watchful mentorship. The Afghan national police sustainment training is a giant step forward for the future of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan military, said Staff Sgt. Daniel Smith, Laghman
  • Load planners solve cargo puzzles to keep mission on track

    Like giant puzzle pieces, each pallet of equipment, Humvee or aircraft part must be secured in an exact location of the cargo bay of the C-17 Globemaster III or any other transport aircraft so it can fly safely. And the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron's load planners make it happen each day. Packing his trusty tape measure, load planner Mr. Victor
  • Bomb’s away: Airmen provide the goods to ensure timely, precision munitions delivery

    On a normal day at the 62nd Maintenance inspection. Squadron's munitions control center, Senior Airman Raymond Altamirano rarely has a minute of free time. Ringing phones, squawking radios and the giant computer screen on the wall all fight for the young Airman's attention. "The job in the control center is very similar to that of a 911 operator,"
  • AF surgeons pioneer new medical procedure

    In Afghanistan, a country plagued by a long history of violence and untold numbers of hidden land mines, limb-threatening injuries occur on a daily basis. For decades, the answer to this tragedy has been the preservation of life over limb by amputation. The presence of open fractures with large soft tissue defects, where there is not enough muscle,
  • Summerfest pack in the fun

    A sunny day devoid of clouds provided the ideal backdrop Aug. 24 as McChord Airmen and their families packed the base track and pavilion in celebration of Summerfest 2007. After feasting on hot dogs, beans, potato salad and chicken while listening to the various karaoke acts on stage, people had the opportunity to visit a wide variety of booths
  • 'Bright' idea worth $10K for LRS civilian

    Materials expeditor John Solomon, 62nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, pays careful attention to the small details of his job. And his keen sense of awareness paid off in a big way recently. While overseeing parts that are deemed unserviceable and then routing them to the backshops to be repaired, Mr. Solomon kept noticing one particular part coming