• June 29, 1965: Astronaut Engle Breaks X-15 Record

    Captain Joseph Engle reached 280,600 feet (53 miles) in the X-15 No. 3, becoming the third Air Force winged astronaut, the youngest pilot, and the first civilian to receive astronaut wings. He went on to fly two other X-15 flights that would have qualified him for this honor.The North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated
  • Yellow Ribbon participants lean on all types of support

    When Capt. Kristin Broullire’s husband couldn’t attend the February Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event in Denver, she didn’t despair.Her brother, David Espiau, was right there by her side.Broullire, a C-130 Hercules pilot from the 731st Airlift Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, decided to turn the trip into a family
  • Honoring the past, securing the future: Air Force Academy celebrates Black History Month

    The U.S. Air Force Academy joins the Air Force and Defense Department in celebrating Black History Month.
  • The Rise of a Loadmaster

    The powerful vibrations of four engines propelling a 282,400 pound aircraft several miles above the ground hum across the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster III on its way to drop off much needed cargo. Two pilots sit upstairs in the flight deck guiding the C-17 through the sky while another two rest along with the flying crew chiefs. Awake are three loadmasters, keeping an eye on the cargo bay while Airman 1st Class Kam Watt studies the loadmaster Air Force Instructions (AFI).
  • 627 SFS attack their mission at JBLM

    Many Airmen stationed here may not have much information or knowledge about the 627th Security Forces Squadron’s (SFS) mission at McChord Field. It has three mission sets: defend the JBLM flight lines, protect aircraft in austere environments through the Phoenix Raven program and instruct Airmen on firearms and weapons handling through combat arms training and maintenance (CATM).
  • AF3: Guiding Where We Are Going Without Forgetting Who We Are

    Recently approved by Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command, the concepts of the Air Force Reserve Future Force Framework, AF3, serve as a guidepost to develop the Air Force Reserve of 2035 and beyond.
  • A life well lived

    As the sun dances across the room, glaring off the origami hanging from the ceiling, Dennis Provencher looks upon his framed photo and world record certificate of recognition with pride while explaining to the service members how and why he earned it.
  • Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits Deadline Upcoming

    Previously there were no restrictions on when a service member could transfer educational benefits to their family members, provided they could obtain retainability. In July 2018, the Department of Defense made a change that states in part “eligibility to transfer those [Post-9/11 GI Bill] benefits will be limited to service members with less than 16 years of total service (active duty service and/or selected reserves as applicable)”. Effective Jan. 12, 2020, any service member with more than 16 years of service will not be eligible to transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their family members. From now until Jan. 11, 2020, if you have more than 6 years of service, have 4 years retainability or are able to extend or reenlist to obtain retainability, you are likely eligible to transfer your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a qualified family member. To submit a TEB request, please contact the McChord Field Education Center via email at mcchord.education@us.af.mil or walk in to Bldg. 851, third floor, Tuesday through Thursday, 0900-1500, or submit online using the following TEB Instructions.
  • Meeting the Demand: Reserve command makes strides hiring full-time aircraft maintainers

    For years, Air Force Reserve Command has struggled to hire enough Air Reserve Technician aircraft maintainers. However, due to the direct hiring authority to recruit ART maintenance personnel when and where they are needed and ART-focused recruiting efforts, the command continues to make strides in meeting AFRC’s need for full-time maintainers.ARTs
  • Going the Distance: Reserve optometrist dedicated to humanitarian causes, running marathons

    Lt. Col. (Dr.) Daniel Toocheck, an optometrist with the 514th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Toocheck is a dedicated humanitarian and avid marathon runner.Originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania, Toocheck has been around military members most of his life. His father was an Army officer who served in
  • Ready to Go: First Reserve group completes Ground Surgical Team training course

    When American service members are injured in combat, Ground Surgical Teams are there to provide life-saving medical care close to the action. Working out of tents, cargo trailers or in the back of a truck, the six-member teams are trained to quickly set up a mobile operating room and perform life-saving surgeries designed to stabilize patients
  • Senior leaders salute Yellow Ribbon Program

    ORLANDO, Fla. — The Air Force Reserve’s top senior enlisted leader regrets not bringing his wife and daughter to Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program training before he deployed to Southwest Asia in 2013."I missed the boat,” Chief Master Sgt. Timothy White said Sept. 28 at a Yellow Ribbon event in Florida. “I fell into that category where I was too
  • McChord Airmen boost American Embassy in Jordan

    In a small non-descript building on a Royal Jordanian Air Force flight line sits a vital piece of American diplomacy. Inside, three Airmen work with Akram Al Ramone, a Jordanian who works as Lead Foreign Service National, Port Ops, for the U.S. State Department and splits his time between an office in the U.S. Embassy-Amman and a desk in the team’s office. Together they provide logistics for the State Department’s embassy to Jordan’s regional diplomacy mission through airlift movements.
  • Overcoming domestic violence: A story of resilience

    As a little boy, the Airman watched, terrified, as his father shoved his mother against a wall, screaming in her face. The angry shouts became muffled as he cupped his tiny hands around his ears in an attempt to escape the horror. But, for the longest time, he could not escape it.
  • National Immunization Awareness Month

    Each month of the year has its own special observances. August has National Immunization Awareness to highlight the importance of vaccinations.