• Counting CROs: Portland AF Reserve unit seeks combat rescue officers

    There's a sense of grit in this line of work. They know at any moment, they could get the call to head out on a mission.These combat rescue officers, or CROs, are Air Force search, rescue, and retrieval experts. They're skilled in recovery strategy, and leading pararescue - PJ - teams into combat

  • McChord EOD tech makes award a team feat

    Anyone who can remember the early '80s might recall critics blasting Michael Jordan for treating basketball as it were a one-man sport in his early NBA years. However, he'd earned a few most-valuable-player awards, and a handful championship rings during the latter part of his career.Downloading an

  • McChord Reservist trades computer for parachute

    Computer issues can drive a person to the point of jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft. Well, that's the story of one Reservist with the 446th Airlift Wing.Senior Airman Jeffery Gebhardt, a 446th Force Support Squadron client systems technician, is currently assigned to the Joint Communications

  • Life path gives C-17 pilot high careers with Alaska, Reserve (Part 2 of 3)

    Contrary to his original - and fairly humble - goal upon graduating from San Diego State University in 1989, Garin Tentschert joined the executive club of U.S. military officers merely days ago."When I joined the military, I just wanted to serve 20 years or more and fly for the Air Force," said the

  • Air Force Reserve nurses share passion for healing

    Years before Dana Fisk was old enough to join the military, she instinctively connected with her family's military heritage, through the distinct scent and texture of the uniform her grandfather wore fighting in World War II, and from gazing at the blemished photo of her great grandmother--who

  • Key spouse unlocks program for deploying squadron

    For a couple who are still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship, married just over three years and never separated more than two weeks, an upcoming deployment could certainly raise emotions. While Senior Master Sgt. Mark Gosling, 36th Aerial Port Squadron air transportation operations center

  • Seahawks' adopted military unit cheers them on to Super Bowl victory

    Feb. 2 is not a unit training assembly for 446th Airlift Wing Reservists, but most will be on 'duty' anyway cheering on the Seattle Seahawks when they play in the Super Bowl.The Seahawks adopted Washington State's Air Force Reserve unit back in September and Reservists have been participating in

  • Citizen Airman embraces the title--literally

    The sky's the limit for Senior Airman Adedapo "Odie" Odupitan, a medical technician with the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron here, who raised his right hand and became a U.S. citizen, Nov. 8. Odupitan, along with approximately 30 other foreign service members, swore in during a naturalization

  • Air Force Reserve recruiter a lone ranger roaming at Fairchild AFB

    On his first visit to the 446th Airlift Wing since his assignment to the in-service recruiting position at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash., Master Sgt. Charles Gillespie was pretty impressed."Everyone is so nice here," said the seven-year veteran of the recruiting service. "I am the only