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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.”
  • ODF missions to bring life-sustaining supplies to Antarctica while keeping it COVID-free

    A team of 30 Airmen departed here to start a two-week quarantine period in Christchurch, New Zealand, Aug. 5, before conducting missions delivering supplies to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The 304th Expeditionary Air Squadron (EAS) is a deployed unit made up of Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing, 446th Airlift Wing and one supply troop from the
  • How to combat ‘quarantine fatigue’: Maintain vigilance

    Quarantine fatigue is generally becoming tired or paying less attention to the necessary changes in behavior to continue to reduce or slow transmission of the novel coronavirus. This is a very normal human reaction, especially for people who don’t really see the extent of the outbreak. Another way to put this is ‘letting your guard down.’
  • 446th maintainers among Spark Tank 2020 selectees

    Spark Tank also offers Airmen the opportunity to get their ideas in front of key enabling agencies that can share expertise and resources such as funding or personnel for the projects being presented and demonstrate pathways for intrapreneurs to make their initiatives successful.
  • 446th Airlift Wing D-Day heritage video

    Airmen from the 446th Bomb Group, along with hundreds of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, take part in Operation Overlord, also known as D-Day, June 6, 1944. Allied Forces invaded northern France and would march on towards Berlin, Germany, to defeat the Nazi war machine during World War II. The 446th Airlift Wing descends from the 446th Bomb Group and takes pride in this rich heritage.
  • Yakima landing boosts Rainier Wing readiness

    For the first time, 446th Airlift Wing Reserve Citizen Airmen landed at the newly restored Selah airstrip at the Yakima Training Center and accomplished readiness training May 1. While engaged in an exercise at the training center, Army officials called upon two C-17 Globemaster III units to transport four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The helicopters were needed as part of the Joint Warfighting Assessment 19, a joint multinational military exercise conducted at YTC April 8 to May 11.
  • Driving safety tips for winter weather

    As the snow begins to fall around the Pacific Northwest, planning ahead and applying defensive driving techniques will help drivers reach their destinations safely.“Take your time getting where you need to go,” said Master Sgt. Regina D. Rector, occupational safety manager for 446th Airlift Wing. “Plan ahead and pay attention to the weather
  • Air Force Reserve seeking military training instructors

    Molding tomorrow’s leaders, while instilling the Air Force core values, is the cornerstone at basic military training. Military Training Instructors, also known as MTIs, take on this challenge by spending weeks transforming civilians into a fighting force.   Reserve Citizen Airmen can take up this challenge at the 433rd Training Squadron at Joint
  • Girl Scouts invade McChord

    Members of the 446th Airlift Wing and a local Girl Scout troop pose in front of a C-17 Globemaster III at McChord Field July 9, 2017, during a tour of the base. During the visit, several girl scouts were able to tour the 446th AW, a C-17, control tower, and learned survival tips from a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, instructor. (U.S. Air
  • D-Day touches Rainier Wing

    In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied troops crowded in to ships and crossed the tumultuous English Channel to invade German-occupied France. Arriving on the shores of Normandy, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, fought a grueling battle for a tiny piece of beach in mainland Europe.
  • Premiere education and training

    The best education and training office in the Air Force Reserve lives here at the Rainier Wing.
  • Rainier Wing Airmen lend helping hands

    Airmen from the 446th Airlift Wing deliver over 300 articles of basic necessity items to the Helping Hand House charity organization.
  • Getting down and dirty in Fairchild

    Citizen Airmen of the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron, water and fuels maintenance section, traveled to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., in August where they descended into a 4,000 gallon fuel tank for cleaning and inspection. The tank cleanup, which had not been cleaned or inspected for 15 years, provided for a rare training opportunity, which
  • Q&A with new Command Chief

    Chief Master Sgt. Kenellias Smith is the new Command Chief at the 446th Airlift ‘Rainier’ Wing. We caught up with him for a brief question and answer session to discuss his plans as the new Command Chief.
  • C-17 missions still continue into Afghanistan

    The imposing C-17 Globemaster III moved through the darkness during a longer trip than is typical at the Rock, the busiest aerial port in the area of responsibility. The flight was headed to Afghanistan – another example of the steady and enduring requirements of Operation Freedom Sentinel.“The main priority of this mission was the transport of
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