• 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

  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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

  • Top Force Support SNCO in Air Force

    The 446th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been honored recently for having the top Force Support Senior NCO of 2015. SMsgt. John Besselman, 446th Force Support Squadron education and training superintendent, received the award in July after his package competed with the best and

  • Data breach exposes Reservists personal information

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, in June 2015 announced that their computer network was compromised, exposing personal information of nearly 21.5 million people, including McChord Reservists and civilian personnel.

  • 36th APS trains, loads Stryker into C-17

    Army Staff Sgt. Tom Mcewan and Army Spc. Amanda Ballentine, 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, work atop a M1136 Stryker combat vehicle to prepare it for measurements and weighing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Dec. 6, 2015. The 36th Aerial Port Squadron out of McChord Field helped to train the U.S.

  • Finance team adds new resources to improve travel pay process

    One of the most difficult parts of going on orders as Reservists can be trying to understand the travel pay system. Miscommunications and errors can lead to delays that can be frustrating for everyone involved. However, there is good news. The 446th Comptroller Office recognizes this and has been