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  • 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
  • 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
  • McChord reservists work through pandemic with hybrid UTAs

    Reservists of the 446th Airlift Wing here continue to hold hybrid in-person and virtual Unit Training Assemblies July 11-14 during COVID-19 pandemic.“As previously mentioned, leaders in all units methodically reviewed all options for the June UTA,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Paul M. Skipworth, commander of the 446th AW. “In the end, they balanced the
  • 446th medical professionals return home from COVID-19 relief efforts in NYC

    “In the hospital's intensive care unit, whenever a patient was extubated, the hospital would play celebration music,” said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Pen Hou. “We knew then that a patient was likely to have recovered and could be turned to less acuity care. I heard more and more music every day, and one day, one of the ICUs had been closed because it was not
  • Letter to Airmen: Equality and tough conversations

     Team 446th – Many of us watched, read, and listened with horror and dismay about the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. We are angered and saddened. These deaths should not have happened. There is no place in our society for racism and discrimination--especially in our military. Unfortunately, however, many also
  • Out of the Uniform: 446th Reserve Citizen Airman, husband make house calls to flatten the curve

    Staff Sgt. Geri Poston, a 446th Force Support Squadron services sustainment technician, fights COVID-19 with house calls to flatten the curve.Founded in September 2018, Poston and her Army medic-trained husband, Joseph, formed their company, Remedy Urgent Mobile Medicine.“We both really saw a need to improve the quality of healthcare for patients,”
  • Out of the Flight Suit: 446th loadmaster taps into military training to fight COVID-19

    Several 446th Airlift Wing Reservists wear different uniforms when fighting against COVID-19.Master Sgt. Lance Nelson, a C-17 loadmaster assigned to the 728th Airlift Squadron here, wears bunker gear for West Pierce Fire & Rescue in Tacoma, Washington.Nelson, a 14-year firefighter, responds to calls and potentially transports COVID-19 patients on
  • DOD Launches Financial Education Website for Military Spouses

    The MilSpouse Money Mission website launched to support financial literacy for military spouses.
  • COVID-19: Finding Strength When Filled With Uncertainty

    A few months ago, our lives changed drastically.  While that change was appropriate and necessary, it was not welcomed. The quarantine and social-distancing requirements upended our routines, and uncertainties took hold. In turn, they fueled fears.   Fear is one of the most powerful emotions humans experience. Designed for survival, it is an
  • What is truly essential

    Spring isn’t typically a season of high stress.It is usually in the winter months that we struggle to keep a good attitude amidst the gloomy weather, but 2020 hasn’t exactly been a year of typical, normal, or ordinary.The last few months have brought a great deal of uncertainty and change. Everyone has been impacted by COVID-19 in the United States
  • Rainier Wing Reservists exercise spiritual fitness

    Before Lt. Col. Hanna Yang, 446th Airlift Wing staff judge advocate, deployed to Iraq, she packed few personal belongings in her 72-hour military surplus bag.Her Bible was one item she didn’t leave behind.For 180 days, Yang relied on her Christian faith to get her through the trying moments of mortar attacks, leaving behind a husband and three
  • Zen warrior: finding resiliency through yoga

    Master Sgt. Kathleen Myhre is using yoga to share mental and spiritual resiliency with Reserve Citizen Airmen.
  • Overcoming obstacles: A first sergeant’s struggle to seek help

    “I felt alone. I cared about nothing, withdrew from all, convincing myself nobody wanted me around and that I was just in the way. Maybe everyone would be better off without me. I was in pain.”Senior Master Sgt. Michael Tesoriero had many negative thoughts running through his mind as he walked the aisles of a craft store on Veterans Day last year.
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