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  • New active-duty competition to debut at AF Marathon

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Which Air Force major command comprises the fastest, fittest flock of fine physiques? The answer may become clear Sept. 15 here when a new type of competition for active duty Air Force servicemembers debuts at this year's Air Force Marathon. The Major Command Challenge is a new feature intended to spur
  • Operation Purple Camp a success

    Rafting, horseback riding and archery were just a few of the exciting events that awaited nearly 130 children of deployed military members this summer during Operation Purple Camp Washington. The camp was held at Camp Zanika Lache in Wenatchee, Wash., and was open to children entering seventh to 12th grades who had a parent deployed or a parent
  • More than meets the eye: 22nd STS Airman 'transforms'actors into combat controllers

    Master Sgt. Ray Bolinger, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, admits he didn't know quite what he was getting into when he signed on to be a part of the summer blockbuster Transformers. What he ended up with was a behind-the-scenes glimpse of movie making, the chance to write some lines of the script, be on a first-name basis with Hollywood stars and a
  • Cultures blend together at Rodeo 2007: Participants draw from global life-experiences

    On the outside, the United Arab Emirates' tent looks just like the 20-or-so others dotting Rainier Ranch, the off-duty area for the 2007 Air Mobility Command Rodeo competition. But the similarities end when the front flap of the olive-green tent is opened. In a scene that could best be summarized as an Arabian bazaar meets Western bling-bling, two
  • Rodeo participants start event with fitness-minded competition

    Air Mobility Command Rodeo 2007 competitors got an up-closeand- physical introduction to the event Saturday as the teams competed in the Fit-to-Fight competition. The event ran smoothly and no one suffered serious injuries, said Fit-to-Fight coordinator Patrick Conway, 62nd Medical Operations Squadron. "A few people got sick because they ran so
  • Airmen save the day for Turkey’s Rodeo team

    When Turkey's C-130H airplane broke down just before the 2007 Air Mobility Command  Rodeo competition began, American Airmen banded together to make the impossible happen. When all was said and done, a maintenance job that normally takes weeks to accomplish was performed in five days, all in the spirit of Rodeo competition. Trouble began for the
  • Convoy demonstration puts visitors in Airmen’s shoes

    A bus rumbles down the dirt road, plowing through a cloud of dust created by the Humvees leading the convoy. A sudden explosion and bursts of gunfire bring the convoy to an abrupt stop. When the action subsides, two insurgents lay on the side of the road next to a sport-utility vehicle. Such was the scene Tuesday as more than 50 civic leaders from
  • Ramped up for Rodeo

    Don't expect any complacency at the 2007 Air Mobility Rodeo from the 2005 Best C-17 Wing, according to the 446th Airlift Wing's team chief. After picking up top honors for best C-17 wing, along with five other awards, the 446th Airlift Wing is working diligently to keep its title. "We are practicing to win. We're putting a lot of time and effort
  • McChord takes hosting visitors

    Open arms, wide eyes, smiling faces and an entire base population charged with enthusiasm and anticipation greeted each international team upon touching down here for Air Mobility Command's 2007 Rodeo. After several long days of flying, the international teams received an even more personalized welcome by a special group of squadrons, who took in
  • Adventures Unlimited, AF Travel Online offer chances to ... Explore the outdoors

    Whether it's a hike to the summit of Mount St. Helens, a sightseeing trip to Seaside, Ore., or a seven day cruise on the Mexican Rivera, McChord Airmen have a host of summertime leisure experiences to choose from through Adventures Unlimited and Air Force Travel Online. From July 16 to 27, in celebration of Rodeo 2007, Adventures Unlimited is