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  • Fly girls: Women in the 446th AW share why they wanted to fly

    Regardless of how each of these four women came to fly or why they chose to join the Air Force Reserve, or the multiples decisions they have to make daily, Thornburg sums up why these women all fly. “To this day I think that when we fly all the issues and problems stay on the ground, in the air we are free.”
  • 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.
  • 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 AF.mil.
  • Operation Ham grenade: all hams on deck

    Operation Ham Grenade, an annual event, launched Dec. 4.
  • Operation Turkey Drop

    Members of the 446th Airlift Wing Airman and Family Readiness and the 446th Force Support Squadron move ready to cook frozen turkeys into cold storage, Nov. 6, 2020, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 120 frozen turkeys were delivered by the 334th Chapter of the Air Force Association, during the annual 446th AW Turkey Drop charity event put on by Airman
  • 446th AW launches inaugural Women’s Council

    Twenty Reserve Citizen Airmen from across the 446th Airlift Wing here attended the inaugural Women’s Council virtual meeting held Nov. 8. The goal of the council is to provide a community of support and a forum to discuss women’s issues at the 446th AW and across the Air Force as a whole, said Lt. Col. Carrianne Ekberg, 446th AW executive officer.
  • Thanking employers

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ann Butler, right, a 446th Airlift Wing Public Affair broadcaster, records Tech Sgt. Thema Bentley, a 446th Maintenance Squadron fuel systems technician, thanking her civilian employer for supporting her military service Oct. 3, 2020, on the flight line at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Traditionally, the 446th
  • PT testing suspended until Jan. 1

    Air Force announced its suspension of PT testing from Oct. 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Operation Deep Freeze kicks off 2020-2021 main season

    The U.S. military kicked off the 2020-2021 season of Operation DEEP FREEZE (ODF), when a U.S. Air Force Globemaster III, assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., completed three winter fly-in, or WinFly missions, to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, a key research and operations facility for the United States Antarctic Program (USAP).
  • Fly, Fight, Win: Becoming an American Airman

    December 27, 2019 is a day Senior Airman Huy X. Nguyen will never forget. This is the day he became an American citizen. Nguyen, a career development advisor assigned to the 446th Force Support Squadron, had donned his fatigues to take his oath of enlistment months prior. This time, driving more than 30 miles north of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, he would recite the oath of allegiance at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Tukwila, Washington.
  • 86th APS retires five Reserve Citizen Airmen

    Reserve Citizen Airmen assigned to the 86th Aerial Port Squadron participate in a group retirement ceremony, Sept. 12, 2020, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The five, who served a combined 136 years with the 86 APS, were honored in a ceremony in the presence of family, friends, and colleagues, present in person and virtually. (U.S. Air Force
  • 446th ASTS Reserve Citizen Airmen trade stripes for bars

    In her first deployment as a freshly minted officer, 1st Lt. Melissa D. Boos leaned on her decade-long experience as a civilian nurse and 18 years as an enlisted combat medic to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts in New York City.“It was great to go and use my nursing skills directly,” she said. “I am proud of being prior-enlisted, but I am also
  • Palmer retires after 25 years

    The morning bell rings, the energy in the classroom buzzes in the air like static electricity. Everyone in the 8th grade earth science class knows what will be in today’s lesson. Today they are discussing our planetary system.In this class is a girl who dreams of seeing the stars as an astronaut. Encouraged by her uncle to apply to the U.S. Air
  • 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
  • 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
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