• Behind the Braids: Reservists play key role in first women’s hair policy change in 70 years

    Reserve Citizen Airmen have been instrumental in helping bring about the first major change in the Air Force’s women’s hair policy since the late 1940s.As an outcome of the 101st Air Force uniform board, Air Force women will be able to wear their hair in up to two braids or a single ponytail with bulk not exceeding the width of the head and length
  • Reserve, active duty Airmen train Soldiers during first AF-instructed CROWS trainer course

    Airmen from the 627th and 446th Security Forces Squadrons from McChord Field conducted the first Air Force-instructed M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station trainer course for Army combat engineers Jan. 26 to Feb. 6 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
  • Anderson takes command of 313th Airlift Squadron

    Lt. Col. Joshua Anderson took command of the 313th Airlift Squadron here Feb. 6.
  • Answering a Higher Call: A chaplain's journey to citizenship

    Every drill weekend, Father (Capt.) Pedro Jimenez Barros, a chaplain with the 446th Airlift Wing, celebrates Mass, administers the sacraments, and provides pastoral care to the Catholic community on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He has cherished similar responsibilities since he was ordained in Spain fifteen years ago.
  • February promotes...

    The 446th Airlift Wing recognizes its Reserve Citizen Airmen who promoted during the month of February.
  • Reserve aircrew reflect on C-17 Globemaster III as the fleet reaches 4 million flying hours

    This month, the U.S. Air Force celebrated the four-millionth flying hour of the C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. The Air Force Reserve’s 446th Airlift Wing here has unquestionably had more than their fair share of the 4 million flying hours. From humanitarian missions in Pakistan, Persian Gulf buildup, African relief effort, Hurricane Katrina evacuation, Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica to loading a killer whale for transport, the airlift wing certainly added to that total.
  • At a career crossroad? CAAs can help

    Wouldn’t it be great to have a resource in your unit or group who can answer your questions about your Air Force career? Questions like, When can I re-enlist? How can I cross-train or get a special duty assignment? How do I gain retainability so I can deploy or promote? Great news, you do! That person is called a Career Assistance Advisor (CAA).
  • 446th Airlift Wing's January promotes

    The 446th Airlift Wing's January promotes.
  • Airman gives back to community through clothing drive

    During the September Unit Training Assembly, he asked his squadron Reserve Citizen Airmen to donate clean, gently used civilian clothing and ABU items. Since the announcement of the drive, Shackelford has collected over 20 bags, amounting to more than 100 items including belts, t-shirts and sage-green boots.
  • 379th AEW welcomes first reservist, first female command chief

    Chief Master Sgt. Dana Capaldi took over as the the first reservist and first female command chief in the history of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on Dec. 28, 2020.
  • Delivering aid through Denton Amendment: A first for one pilot

    He flew the first GPS III to be on SpaceX and sent into orbit. He conducted medical evacuations in the Middle East. But, in 2020, supporting the Denton Amendment program was a first for him.
  • Virtual or in-person: Yellow Ribbon events benefit deploying Airmen and their loved ones

    Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the success of the Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program could be summarized by one key statistic—more than 95 percent of attendees said Yellow Ribbon events benefited their family. This success was built on in-person events where deployers, their loved ones, leaders and subject-matter experts gathered in a conference-like setting for two days of training, education and networking on people-centric topics related to Reserve deployments. But when coronavirus shut down most military travel, the Yellow Ribbon team was forced to change their ways.
  • Department of the Air Force releases findings on racial disparity review

    The Department of the Air Force released its report on the findings of an Air Force Inspector General independent review into racial disparity Dec. 21. The full report is available for download on
  • 446th A&FR hosts all virtual newcomers program

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Drew Nishiyama, 446th Airlift Wing assistant staff judge advocate, provides an overview of the legal office and its services to newcomers virtually at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, Dec. 5, 2020. The 446th Airman and Family Readiness Office launched its first all virtual newcomers orientation during the December UTA.
  • Operation Deep Freeze Profile: Senior Master Sgt. Mark Riekena

    Senior Master Sgt. Mark A. Riekena has spent a total of 32 years in the Air Force and counts his Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) rotations as one of his top assignments. He started his Air Force career as security police on active duty before becoming a C-141 Loadmaster with the 97th Airlift Squadron here. Riekena is currently with the 313th Airlift Squadron as a loadmaster.