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  • 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
  • Life skills team helps warriors cope

    If you're going to live your life well, particularly in a war zone, it might be wise to have some life skills. Life Skills, known to old timers as mental health, is exactly what a three-member team of Reservists provided to Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in Balad, Iraq earlier this year. Maj. David Ubelhor, Capt. James Sardo, and Tech. Sgt.
  • 446th Airlift Wing wins Raincross Trophy

    The capabilities of the Airmen of the 446th Airlift Wing made the wing an integral player when the nation went to war. It also made the 446th AW the choice for the 4th Air Force Raincross Trophy. The trophy, representing the best wing in the 4th Air Force, was presented July 26 at the 4th Air Force Commanders Conference at March ARB, Calif. Awarded
  • Maintenance best in 4th Air Force

    McChord's Reserve maintainers are turning more than wrenches, they are routinely turning over accolades and bringing home big trophies that spotlight their talent. Most recently, the 446th Maintenance Group earned high praise in July when it was named the Chief Master Sgt. James K. Clouse Trophy award winner at the 4th Air Force Commanders
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