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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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Airman and his mother pose for a photo with a dirtbike Airman puts MX skills to use on motocross track
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – He ran the motorcycle through a five-foot pool of water, wrecking the bike; everything he had worked for all his life seemed to be over. Staff Sgt. Thomas Tangedal, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft metal technology journeyman, was completing a practice run on a 150-mile loop in the desert outside of Las Vegas,
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AFE Airmen equipping to refuel and save lives Equipped to refuel: AFE saves lives
The 22nd Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment Airmen provide and maintain safety and survival gear for aircrew and aircraft here to allow aircrews to have confidence in their equipment.
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Family posing for photo Family reunites after four years apart
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Four years — that’s how long he waited.Airman 1st Class Messan Atayi, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment journeyman, moved to the United States from Togolese Republic, Africa, in 2013, leaving behind his pregnant wife. He met his daughter for the first time and was reunited with his
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Juston White, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron honorary commander, meets with Airmen during an immersion tour, Nov. 17, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. White frequently brings youths from the Boys & Girls Club to McConnell in order to educate them on the services and responsibilities of the Airmen working here. (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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Airmen talking on a flightline A chief’s foundation: Faith, family, mentorship
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – Thirty feet up in the air, clinging to a utility pole, was a brand-new Airman crying out for help. He was panicked and insistent that he was going to fall.An instructor stared up at him from the ground and sighed. This was the sergeant’s first day as a technical training school instructor, and before that moment, it
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(Courtesy photo) The Air Bridge: Connecting to civic neighbors
The Honorary Commander program is designed to bring the base closer to our civilian counterparts in Wichita, Kansas, and other surrounding communities.Honorary commanders can be doctors, business owners, mayors, professors, police chiefs or others that are well respected in their respective fields and communities.“The ultimate goal of all of this
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Airman Angela Alanis, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management technician, interacts with a therapy dog, July 25, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Four therapy dogs and their owners from Love on a Leash visited dorm residents to increase morale. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) Therapy dogs visit dorm residents
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Airmen’s squeals of excitement could be heard outside the dorms as they first noticed the group of four therapy dogs that visited to provide them with some much-needed puppy love and slobbery kisses.Teresa Eftink, 22nd Comptroller Squadron civilian payroll and dispersing officer, is a volunteer with the south-central
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Master Sgt. Edward Musterer, left, 22nd Maintenance Group production superintendent, Staff. Sgt. Chelsa Woodward, right, 22nd Maintenance Operations wing maintenance analyst, and Senior Airman Eric Higgerson, 22nd MXO maintenance scheduler, pose behind Brian Hansen, 22nd MXO engine manager, July 14, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The Airmen answered Hansen’s call for help when he went into cardiac arrest April 20, ultimately saving his life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin) A call for help, saves a life
After hearing a call for help from a side office, Airmen from the 22nd Maintenance Group sprang into action and ultimately saved the life of the member.   Brian Hansen, 22nd Maintenance Operations Flight engine manager, sat down to eat lunch April 20, when he felt a sharp pain in his chest.   The pain that Hansen felt was a heart attack.   “I don’t
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Airman 1st Class Patrick Napolitano, 350th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, tests his oxygen mask before a refueling flight, July 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Before any flight, oxygen masks are tested as part of the boom operator’s pre-flight checklist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Rachel Waller) Boom’s experience drives passion for instructing
In the military, every situation can be used as learning experience. For boom operators that holds especially true.After completing specialized training to become instructors, they are qualified to train the next generation of booms. “I like instructing and teaching,” said Staff Sgt. Lane Nunier, 350th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator
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