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Airman 1st Class Olajide Shasanya, 22nd Contracting Squadron contract specialist, brings his knowledge and professionalism from across the world to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Shasanya was born in Nigeria, spent a few years in Dubai and is now looking to making a career in the Air Force. McConnell Melting Pot: International Businessman interlaces with Air Force
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – With a heart set on traveling, the youngest of 22 siblings left his home in Nigeria.  He found himself in Dubai selling real estate, while continuing his passion to travel he met a flight attendant and fell in love. They married and jumpstarted their family. She was unable to continue working with the airlines and
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2017
An Airman sings Hitting the right notes: Singing boom operator inspires others
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Growing up in a poverty-stricken, single-parent family, he used singing as a kind of therapy.Airman 1st Class Julian Awari, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, was only 6 when he first realized he had a talent for singing, and it was a hobby he would stick with throughout his life.“I like to creatively
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2017
Justin Vergati, 22nd Air Refueling Wing historian's Vietnam book The dawn of the future starts in the past
Wing historians are responsible for collecting, documenting and writing historical reports for the units they are assigned. They capture significant accomplishments and challenges experienced by the units which help commanders make future decisions.
0 12/06
2017
A baby Heart to heart: Air Force steps up to help Airman’s family
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Five days after their baby was born in 2011, they realized something was wrong. When they took her back to the hospital, they found out they were in for a long, rough road ahead.“They quickly rushed us over to the neonatal intensive care unit, and we met with a cardiologist who said that my daughter has hypoplastic
0 11/30
2017
MCCONNELL, AMC, TRANSCON Jack of all trades
Tech. Sgt. Clayton Allen, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Plans and Programs NCO in-charge, isn’t a communications Airman by trade, he’s a water and fuels systems maintenance Airman pulled from the 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron. He is self-taught in computer programming, satellite and ground command and control radio systems.
0 11/08
2017
AFE group photo All Hale the victor!
Capt. Millie Hale, 350th Air Refueling Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight commander and KC-135 Stratotanker instructor pilot, recently received the Airlift/Tanker Association Young Leadership award for her impact both to the base and the Air Force. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated superior leadership qualities and made outstanding contributions to the airlift and tanker missions.
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2017
A dog climbs stairs New training equipment increases MWD readiness
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— The 22nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel recently received an upgrade to its obstacle course to help ensure readiness and installation security. The obstacle course, or confidence course, is meant to mimic obstacles that the handler and dog will face when working in the field and prepares the
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2017
Andrew Nelson (center right), 22nd Maintenance Group honorary commander, poses with 22nd MXG leaders Sep. 16, 2017, at the Air Force Gala at the Wichita Aviation Museum, Kansas. Honorary commanders help Air Force commanders connect with their communities by improving understanding of what the Air Force does and how they help the surrounding cities. (Courtesy photo) The Air Bridge: Connecting to civic neighbors
(This story is part of a series to highlight McConnell AFB honorary commanders and their impact on the base and the community.)Editor’s Note: The Honorary Commander Program is designed to bring the base closer to our civilian counterparts in Wichita and the surrounding communities. Honorary commanders can be doctors, business owners, mayors,
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2017
WWII veteran WWII POW shares story with McConnell Airmen
In the two-story building, between the iron sights of his rifle, Ray Avila could see a German soldier. Two more German soldiers walked through the door with fixed bayonets. He knew what he had to do to keep himself and his unit safe. Avila pulled the trigger, dropping one of the enemy soldiers.
0 9/19
2017
Combat medic, Philippine pararescue, BALIKATAN 2017 McConnell doctor travels to promote partnerships, humanitarian efforts
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – The U.S. military is known for its prowess in dealing with threats with a clenched fist, as well as assisting the less fortunate with an open hand. Approaching each, often requires traveling to distant lands.Lt. Col. Daniel LaMothe, 22nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander, recently traveled to Philippines and
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2017
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