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  • Department of the Air Force Recognizes Energy Awareness Month

    Every October, the Department of the Air Force recognizes Energy Awareness Month to promote energy resilience and acknowledge the critical role energy plays in mission assurance. As the battlefield grows increasingly complex, supplying power to our forces safely and reliably remains fundamental to our global mission.
  • Reserve Citizen Airmen look to reform the organization during Spark Tank 2021

    Reserve Citizen Airmen are highly encouraged to support their wingmen by logging into the crowdsourcing platform Airman Powered by Innovation (CAC required) and vote for their favorite ideas (direct links below).
  • AF Reserve Tuition Assistance Update

    Department of the Air Force officials recently announced a reduction in tuition assistance benefits from $4,500 to $3,750 per fiscal year. This change, however, applies only to the military tuition assistance program (MilTA) and does not impact the Reserve tuition assistance program (ResTA).
  • Thanking employers

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ann Butler, right, a 446th Airlift Wing Public Affair broadcaster, records Tech Sgt. Thema Bentley, a 446th Maintenance Squadron fuel systems technician, thanking her civilian employer for supporting her military service Oct. 3, 2020, on the flight line at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Traditionally, the 446th
  • Support agreements: Keeping the wing mission-ready

    DoD and AF policies direct that support agreements be developed between affected Suppliers and Receivers to document recurring support in order to provide the unit commander with the capability to ensure resources are expended wisely and to help eliminate unnecessary resource duplication. If that sounds confusing, don't worry, Tech. Sgt. Patrick Manley, the 446th Airlift Wing Support Agreement Manager and the wing’s 2019 non-commissioned officer of the year winner, can help.
  • Team McChord hosts virtual senior leader CPI course

    The 446th and 62nd Airlift Wings hosted its first virtual Air Force Continuous Process Improvement course for senior leaders here Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.Thirty-two senior leaders from the airlift wings and various Air Force bases received virtual classroom instruction on process improvement concepts through Microsoft Teams.“This event is a prime
  • PT testing suspended until Jan. 1

    Air Force announced its suspension of PT testing from Oct. 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Operation Deep Freeze kicks off 2020-2021 main season

    The U.S. military kicked off the 2020-2021 season of Operation DEEP FREEZE (ODF), when a U.S. Air Force Globemaster III, assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., completed three winter fly-in, or WinFly missions, to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, a key research and operations facility for the United States Antarctic Program (USAP).
  • Joint task force kicks off 65th year of DoD Antarctic mission support

    A U.S. Air Force Globemaster III, assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., completed three winter fly-in, or WinFly, missions of the 2020-2021 Operation Deep Freeze season.
  • Air Force improves lactation support for nursing mothers

    The updated policy, which is effective immediately, increases flexibility with lactation breaks and also mandates access to a refrigerator for the purpose of storing human milk.
  • Brown and Bass discuss PT tests, empowering Airmen and leading during pandemic

    In addition to the discussion of fitness and testing, the session also touched on issues ranging from the force’s resilience and mental health, to how the Air Force will cope with budget uncertainty this fall and winter, diversity, and how to reshape the service to confront peer adversaries, among others.
  • Department of the Air Force pushes fitness testing to Jan. 1

    Official physical fitness assessments across the Department of the Air Force will resume Jan. 1, 2021, officials announced Sept. 16.
  • Fly, Fight, Win: Becoming an American Airman

    December 27, 2019 is a day Senior Airman Huy X. Nguyen will never forget. This is the day he became an American citizen. Nguyen, a career development advisor assigned to the 446th Force Support Squadron, had donned his fatigues to take his oath of enlistment months prior. This time, driving more than 30 miles north of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, he would recite the oath of allegiance at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Tukwila, Washington.
  • 446th MXG welcomes back Norton

    U.S. Air Force Col. John D. Norton, right, assumes command of the 446th Maintenance Group from Air Force Col. Paul Skipworth, left, 446th Airlift Wing commander, as Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Morris stands by to assist in the ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Sept. 13, 2020. Norton has commanded maintenance squadrons since 2009. (U.S.
  • 86th APS retires five Reserve Citizen Airmen

    Reserve Citizen Airmen assigned to the 86th Aerial Port Squadron participate in a group retirement ceremony, Sept. 12, 2020, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The five, who served a combined 136 years with the 86 APS, were honored in a ceremony in the presence of family, friends, and colleagues, present in person and virtually. (U.S. Air Force
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