• Safety garners command-level award

    If a unit flies 10,047 hours, carrying more than 32,000 people and 41 million tons of cargo, much of it in and out of a war zone, with zero reportable mishaps, it gets more than a great safety record. The 446th Airlift Wing Safety Office has earned the designation Air Force Reserve Command Safety Office of the Year for 2006. The Reservists
  • President thanks wing Reservists

    For most 446th Airlift Wing aircrews, the last five years have brought endless missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, not to mention presidential support missions. Two aircrews received a special thank you on the wing's behalf for all that work. The 313th and 728th Airlift Squadrons were asked to fly an eight day
  • Health professionals outstanding

    The Air Force Reserve Command recently announced the recipients of the 2006 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. This annual award is reserved for the units with exceptionally meritorious service. Among the winners of this prestigious award was one squadron each member of our wing knows very well. The 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron earned this
  • C-17 makes its first South Pole airdrop

    A C-17 Globemaster III , flown by a McChord crew, made its debut airdrop to the South Pole, Antarctica Dec. 20. This airdrop delivery gives McChord's joint active-duty and Reserve crew the opportunity to train and test the capabilities of the C-17 while supporting the National Science Foundation research facilities on "the Ice." "The purpose of
  • 10 C-17s, 2 wings, 1 launch

    Local residents will see a rare sight when they look to the skies Wednesday. Several McChord agencies will combine efforts to fly a formation training exercise consisting of 10 C-17s here Wednesday morning. The objective of the exercise is to test all the organizations and different aspects of the mission that have to come together to facilitate
  • Reservists deliver specialized team to support burn victims

    It's like a page from a script right out of a Hollywood movie. A McChord C-17 aircraft was diverted Dec. 1 to fly a nine-member Army Burn Center Flight Team from Lackland AFB, Texas, to Hickam AFB, Hawaii, to care for six Navy Sailors with burn injuries. The Sailors were burned when a steam line ruptured onboard the USS Frank Cable (AS 40), a naval
  • Reservist hits minior bump in road

    Picture yourself driving down a bumpy, dirt road. Your Humvee is cruising along, but you're tense from waiting for something to happen. Eventually, it does. Your vehicle just detonated a roadside bomb and you're flying three feet into the air. For one Reservist with the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight, this is just
  • 446th Mission Support Group sees new commander in January

    Lt. Col. Craig Petersen, currently the assistant chief of the 4th Air Force Aerial Port Branch, has been selected as the 446th Mission Support Group commander. He visited here in November to get acquainted with the people and squadrons in the wing's largest group and took some time out to talk about his future role with the 446th MSG. Colonel
  • Share holiday spirit through giving

    The holidays are once again upon us, bringing with them the joy of the season, highlighted by the fellowship of family and friends, and the spirit of generosity. The 446th Airlift Wing Family Support Center is providing easy access to the joy of generosity by soliciting donations for the Angel Tree and holiday baskets for families in need. The
  • Workshop hears Airmen's concerns

    More than 200 members of the Air Force Reserve team converged on Colorado Springs the last week in October and then headed home with ideas for improving their Human Resources Development Councils. Air Force Reserve Command's HRDC played host to a three-day workshop at the Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel that attracted participants from around the
  • Civilian employers experience a day in the Air Force Reserve

    Thirty-six civilian employers came out to McChord Air Force Base for Employer Orientation Day Oct. 21, the semi-annual event designed to highlight 446th Airlift Wing Reservists and their mission. The event includes a mock mobility line, where civilian employers learn the process Reservists go through when deploying. After processing through the
  • Wing absorbs displaced Reservists

    The 446th Airlift Wing has opened its doors this year to 138 new Airmen affected by force realignment and the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act. And that number is likely to grow, as at least 20 more Reservists who train at the Portland Air National Guard Base, which is losing the tenant Reserve refueling wing due to BRAC, are slated to trickle
  • Sailors learn how to load a C-17

    Strangely enough, a group of naval Seamen from a landlocked state traveled to a state with some of the best ports in the country, to learn Air Force procedures for loading aircraft. A group of Navy Reservists from Idaho came to McChord to train with members of the 86th Aerial Port Squadron Sept. 9 and 10. The training provided the Seamen hands-on
  • Triage one area of focus in exercise

    More than 100 Reservists in the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron participated in an annual mass casualty exercise Sept. 23-24. "Lessons learned from previous exercises and events have shown that triage response needs the most work, so that is what we focused on this time," said Lt. Col. Karen Winter, 446th ASTS exercise evaluator. "Triage