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22 ARW, 22OG, SOAR McConnell continues to SOAR
There are 396 KC-135 Stratotankers managed by the Air Mobility Command. The KC-135 community supports worldwide missions, enabling global reach across a full spectrum of mission activity.
0 4/09
2018
AMC, McConnell Wichitalks: Airman talks resiliency with community
When Senior Airman Tevin Manuel, 22nd Communications Squadron mission defense team operator, joined Air Force he had his sights set on making a difference. Manuel grew up in Jackson, Tennessee, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He joined the Air Force in September 2015 with the hopes of becoming an officer and eventually a
0 4/05
2018
1st Lt. David Thomas Dinan III, F-105 Thunderchief pilot, poses in an undated photo. Dinan was killed March 17, 1969 as his aircraft was shot down by enemy fire. Thanks to the perseverance of his former roommate and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Dinan’s remains have been identified and returned to the United States after nearly 50 years in a Laos jungle. His funeral is set for April at Arlington Nation Cemetery. Mission Complete: Wingman’s search helps bring Airmen home after 45 years
“I will never leave an Airman behind.” The words are part of the Airmen’s creed; seven words form a contract sealed in combat; but for retired Col. Edward Sykes, it was a driving force in a 45-year search for his roommate, multiple trips back to Asia and a discovery that culminates next month with a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. First Lt.
0 3/28
2018
Master Sgt. Ieaka Olmstead, 22nd Operations Support Squadron host aviation resource management superintendent, has her master sergeant stripes tacked on by her husband and son. Airman’s rough road strengthens resiliency in self, others
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— “I had an average life. There was nothing dramatic about it — or so I thought.”EARLY YEARSMaster Sgt. Ieaka Olmstead, 22nd Operations Support Squadron host aviation resource management superintendent, grew up in Georgia with a mother battling a mental illness. When Olmstead was a young teen, her mother was arrested.
0 3/22
2018
22 ARW, McConnell AFB, AMC, Refueling, KC-135 Vietnam veteran shares story of history-making flight
During a recent visit to Wichita, an air refueling icon shared his experience of how his crew in Vietnam performed history’s first tri-level refueling.
0 3/15
2018
Tech. Sgt. Garrett Wright, 22nd Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape and Personnel Recovery specialist, and three other service members carry a casket during a repatriation ceremony. McConnell Airman helps locate Vietnam War MIAs
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— It’s Jan. 29, 1969. Maj. Campbell and Capt. Holton are flying in their F-4 Phantom II during an armed reconnaissance mission in Laos. After spotting an enemy supply truck, they roll in for the attack. It’s suspected that the aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed in the Lao jungle that day. No parachutes were
0 3/02
2018
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Left, Staff Sgt. Amanda Robbins, right, Staff Sgt. Rebecca Ward Like daughter, like mother
In families with a military heritage, children who look up to their parents and grandparents often follow suite and join the military themselves. Sometimes, it’s the other way around.
0 2/23
2018
A boom operator Airman uses psychology work to help other Airmen, community
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— One McConnell boom operator has made it her mission to improve the mental health of her fellow Airmen and members of the local community.Tech. Sgt. Chelsey Thornhill is a 350th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator currently acting as 22nd Air Refueling Wing Complaints and Resolutions noncommissioned officer in
0 2/05
2018
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
0 12/13
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
0 12/13
2017
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