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  • 446th Airlift Wing Veterans' Day spotlight

    This year, two 446th Airlift Wing Citizen Airmen share the spotlight in honor of Veterans' Day. Chaplain (Maj.) Pierre Allegre, the wing chaplain and Chief Master Sgt. Arthur Green Jr., 36th Aerial Port Squadron chief of Operations, describe the meaning of being a veteran and why they continue to serve in the Air Force Reserve.AllegreAllegre has
  • Into the wild blue yonder: a look at the life of McChord Reservist 1st Lt. Paul Hall

    In 1990, 1st Lt. Paul Hall enlisted in the Air Force. His service since then has led him from the active-duty world as an enlisted rescue and recovery specialist to Hangar 12 on McChord Field, Wash., where he currently works as a traditional Reservist. Twenty-three years after he originally joined the service, Hall is now a medical service corps
  • Reserve MSC career field proves hard to the 'corps': Medical officers get physical (Part 2 of 4)

    Cleveland Hayes and his unofficial protégé, Jeffrey Johnson both had active-duty experience in the medical field before receiving commissions as 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron health administrators. When they took the oath of office, they committed themselves to providing support for their leadership, so they can deliver preventative medicine
  • Reserve MSC career field proves hard to the 'corps' (Part 1 of 4)

    Smooth operation of Air Force medical units and facilities requires a blend of healthcare professionals--each with their own specialty--to seamlessly collaborate in order to deliver optimal care for their patients. The same rules apply during Air Force Reserve weekends, but even more so as time doesn't exactly play in their favor. This is where
  • Commentary - Dropping the bag... and the attitude

    Nearly 30 anxious girls stumbled out of a bus with a varied collection of clothing and baggage and lined up in their first formation as a flight. They were "greeted" by an almost seven-foot man with a big bushy mustache and a campaign hat who yelled at them before targeting one (because of her huge suitcase) as his first victim. "Are you scared of
  • Reserve logistics officer keeps composure during fast-paced deployment

    Maj. John Dyson has filled military professions that, not only demanded critical attention to detail, but moved at high-operations tempos as well. It probably wasn't a surprise when the 86th Aerial Port Squadron operations officer volunteered for a deployment to the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, November 2012 to June 2013.It can be assumed
  • Toolkit of life, military experience leads Reserve officer to combat readiness position

    Life can pull people in many different directions, but who they are as individuals always seems to shine through each and every decision they make. It's a series of these decisions and experiences that leads people to where they are today. That's how one Reservist found himself in the position of 446th Airlift Wing chief of combat readiness. Lt.
  • Reserve C-17 pilot, family strengthen bond through fitness

    What motivates someone to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, and then run an entire marathon all in one day? For one 446th Airlift Wing Reservist, the answer is easy - his kids. After signing up a year in advance, Lt. Col. Roger Zander, 728th Airlift Squadron instructor pilot, dedicated at least six months of preparation before participating in his fourth
  • Reserve pilot takes fitness higher

    Whoever uses the excuse, "I don't have time to exercise," never met Maj. Michael Masuda, 313th Airlift Squadron, C-17 instructor pilot and devoted triathlete."My passion started while I was on active duty," said Masuda, who still has that new Air Force Reserve scent. "We'd fly for hours, land then go straight to our rooms for crew rest and wake up
  • Reserve physician designs award-winning, historical postage stamp

    Growing up, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Arunas Banionis shared two main passions. One was an admiration for aviation, and the other was stamp collecting.When he was younger, the Lithuanian-American Banionis had dreams of becoming an Air Force pilot. But when he tried to join, he couldn't meet the vision requirements; however, stamp collecting remained a
  • Reserve physician designs award-winning, historical postage stamp

    Growing up, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Arunas Banionis shared two main passions. One was an admiration for aviation, and the other was stamp collecting.
  • McChord SNCO applies military experience to small business

    When Senior Master Sgt. Michelle Anderson came back from her deployment in 2011, the idea of her running a professional skills business wasn't even a distant thought. The 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Medical Readiness Flight superintendent barely had her Airman-Battle Uniform in the laundry before she found her calling.But, with special
  • McChord SNCO applies military experience to small business

    When Senior Master Sgt. Michelle Anderson came back from her deployment in 2011, the idea of her running a professional skills business wasn't even a distant thought. The 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Medical Readiness Flight superintendent barely had her Airman-Battle Uniform in the laundry before she found her calling.
  • McChord Field advocates provide real help for wounded Airmen

    Not many people enjoy being told that they can't do something- especially after they've experienced an unexpected life-altering injury or illness. Sometimes it takes the aid and understanding of a person who's been through similar circumstances to help them press on and make the best of their new situation.Thomas Higdon and Robert Snyder apply this
  • Reserve medical Airmen learn about PTSD

    Anywhere from 11 percent to 20 percent of servicemembers who deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan, return with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the National Center for PTSD. That includes Reservists here, who often transition from a deployed environment to their civilian lives in only a few days time.To better understand how to help Airmen
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