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  • Exercise Rainier War 2020 provides team-wide training opportunities

    Exercise Rainier War 2020 was conducted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. from Aug 3 - 7, 2020. The purpose of Rainier War is to exercise and evaluate the ability to plan, generate, and execute an airlift tasking, to sustain contingency operations, and demonstrate limited elements of full spectrum readiness (FSR) while in a contested and degraded
  • Campbell takes command of 97th Airlift Squadron

    Lt. Col. Robert Campbell Jr., assumed command of the 97th Airlift Squadron here Aug. 2 in a ceremony presided by Lt. Col. Mark H. Boyd, 446th Operations Group deputy commander.“Your perseverance and ability to balance work and life are the reasons you are here,” said Boyd during the broadcasted ceremony. “Rob, you are resilient, and I am counting
  • 446th OSS welcomes new commander

    Lt. Col. Carl McBurnett assumed command of the 446th Operations Support Squadron in a change of command ceremony held during a live broadcast here at Heritage Hill Aug. 1.The outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Casey Guerrero, relinquished command of the squadron with Lt. Col. Mark H. Boyd, the 446th Operations Group commander, officiating the
  • A voice and a seat.

    “You don’t know the anxiety, the despair, the heartache, the fear, the rage and the disappointment that comes with living in this country, OUR country every single day,” wrote Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright in his commentary, “Who Am I?”This sentiment is what Lt. Col. Cleveland Hayes, 446th Airlift Wing’s Diversity Working
  • All in a day's work

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kamen D. Ester, left, 446th Airlift Wing occupational safety technician, reviews personnel documents during a scheduled appointment with Senior Airman Huy X. Nguyen, 446th Force Support Squadron (FSS) career development advisor, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, July 24, 2020. The 446th FSS provides military and
  • Cybercriminals target military members: How to avoid becoming a victim

    A senior-ranking military member sends you a Facebook request. It looks legitimate. He has an official photo along with other military acquaintances in his network. You accept the request, but little do you know it is a fake profile created by the adversary to collect private, sensitive information.While social media can be an effective tool to
  • Air Force announces 12 Outstanding Airmen of 2020

    An Air Force selection board at the Air Force’s Personnel Center considered 36 nominees who represented major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force.
  • 446 AW, Army participate in joint training exercise

    Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 446th Airlift Wing here participated in a joint training mission with U.S. Army Soldiers July 14 at Bicycle Lake Airfield on Fort Irwin, California.The Joint Airborne/Air Transportability Training provides airborne training in a joint environment while developing tactics, knowledge and procedures to increase
  • How to combat ‘quarantine fatigue’: Maintain vigilance

    Quarantine fatigue is generally becoming tired or paying less attention to the necessary changes in behavior to continue to reduce or slow transmission of the novel coronavirus. This is a very normal human reaction, especially for people who don’t really see the extent of the outbreak. Another way to put this is ‘letting your guard down.’
  • VCSAF’s challenge invites 446th AW innovation ideas

    “If only we didn’t need to do this unnecessary step, our shop could be so much more efficient.”“I have an idea for a time-saving app, but I don’t have the resources to build it.”“If only the Air Force used this civilian product.”Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 446th Airlift Wing will have the opportunity to turn their frustration into innovation by
  • 446th chapel team launches virtual programs

    Many churches went virtual when the pandemic struck, and the 446th Airlift Wing’s chapel team was no exception.“While I believe there is something special about meeting in-person for encouragement and worship together,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Matthew Wilson, wing chaplain of the 446th AW. “We want every Airman to have the option to participate in
  • 446th AMXS maintains combat readiness through resiliency

    For 446th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainers, readiness means being confident and proficient in their area of responsibility. Typically, the maintainers perform temporary duty travel and enroute flights to receive real world, hands-on training during annual tour, said Maj. Naomi Ballard, a 446th AMXS maintenance operations officer.The
  • 446th chapel team cares for Reserve Citizen Airmen through food

    The 446th Airlift Wing’s Chaplain Corps supports Reserve Citizen Airmen at the training range here last month.Father (Capt.) Pedro Jimenez Barros, a 446th chaplain, and Tech. Sgt. Allen Jackson, a 446th religious affairs airman, provided 25 meals to 446th Security Forces Squadron members during their annual qualification training.“As chaplains, we
  • 446 AW trainees prepare for BMT

    JOINT BASE LEIWS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Air Force Reserve trainees from the 446th Airlift Wing Development and Training Flight (D&TF) wear face coverings and socially distance while reciting the Airman’s Creed on July 12, 2020, at a unit training assembly on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Before departing to Air Force Basic Military Training,
  • Commentary: Routine for better fitness

    It’s Sunday morning, the sky is overcast, and it begins to drizzle. Not the best weather for a fitness assessment. The fitness assessment cell airman explains the basics of our running test, and we line up for the start of what we all know will be an uncomfortable run.When we are all prepared, they unceremoniously call out to begin, and we take
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