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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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Master Sgt. Bobby McCrary, 22nd Force Support Squadron NCO in-charge of Honor Guard, poses for a photo in his car, July 13, 2017, at his home in Derby, Kan. McCrary built this car with his grandfather, a 1958 Chevy Impala. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenna K. Caldwell) Building cars, building Airmen
“He smoked Marlboro Reds—cowboy killers,” said Master Sgt. Bobby McCrary, illustrating his grandfather. McCrary, 22nd Force Support Squadron NCO in-charge of Honor Guard, grew up going to car shows and swap meets with his grandfather, who rebuilt classic cars. They would travel up and down the state of Texas together looking for parts and meeting
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Staff Sgt. Danielle Warren, 344th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, throws the ceremonial first pitch at the NCAA Women’s College World Series, June 6, 2017, at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, OGE Energy Field, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The NCAA held a military appreciation night to thank service members and veterans for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lieutenant Carla Stefaniak) McConnell Airman throws first pitch
Staff Sgt. Danielle Warren, 344th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, threw the ceremonial first pitch at a military appreciation night during the final game in the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma June 6.During the series’ Military Appreciation Night, Warren, along with other veterans and service
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Airman 1st Class Tevin Manuel, 22nd Communications Squadron cyber surety technician, receives a certificate from Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, May 18, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Manuel earned the spotlight performer for the week of April 24-28. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) 22nd CS Airman earns spotlight performer
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.Airman 1st Class Tevin Manuel, 22nd Communications Squadron cyber surety technician, received the spotlight performer for the week of April
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Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Reynolds, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Distributions technician, checks gauges on a fuels truck May 11, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The fuels flight is responsible for receiving, issuing, maintaining, storing and testing all aviation and ground-product fuels that come into the base for every aircraft and vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) 22nd LRS Fuels Airmen continue mission during pipeline outage
The 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels flight had to work a little harder than normal after an underground fuel pipeline became blocked from April 4-26.A pipe inspection gauge was sent out by McConnell’s contracted fuel supplier to clean out the pipe and send back data. Unfortunately, it got lodged on a bend in the pipeline.The fuels flight is
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Staff Sgt. Natalie Whitt, 22nd Security Forces Squadron Armory NCO in charge, receives a certificate from Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, May 18, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Whitt earned the spotlight performer for the week of May 1-5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) 22nd SFS Airman earns spotlight performer
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.Staff Sgt. Natalie Whitt, 22nd Security Forces Squadron Armory NCO in charge, received the spotlight performer for the week of May 1-5.Whitt’s
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Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes, currently 22nd Air Refueling Wing command chief, hugs his son, Sean, in June 2013, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. after his fini-flight. Hughes will retire June 1, 2017, after 30 years of service in the Air Force. (Courtesy photo) 30 years of service: mistakes made, lessons learned
A picture of him as a master sergeant hangs on the wall in his office, welcoming every Airman who walks through the door. To some it may seem as a decoration of self-importance, but if you ask him, he’ll tell you it holds a much different significance.“I have the picture there to remind me that I can’t think like a command chief,” said Chief Master
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Master Sgt. Mohammed Abouhasem, 22nd Maintenance Squadron production supervisor, left, listens to a phone call during turn over with Capt. Michael Molloy, 22nd MXS operations officer, May 15, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. During turn over, Abouhasem informs Molloy about the status of aircraft. Abouhasem was raised in Doha, Qatar, and has proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for 15 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Thornbury) McConnell Melting Pot: From Qatar to Kansas
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – Chasing the American dream, a family from Doha, Qatar left their country. A son from that family has been proudly serving in the U.S. Air Force.As a child, Master Sgt. Mohammed Abouhasem, 22nd Maintenance Squadron production, and his family traveled and enjoyed their time in the Middle East, but his father wanted
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Staff Sgt. Josh Garrett, 350th Air Refueling Squadron instructor boom operator, poses with Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes, 22nd ARW command chief, April 6, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Garrett received the spotlight performer for the week of March 27-31. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) 350th ARS Airman earns spotlight performer
As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.   Staff Sgt. Josh Garrett, 350th Air Refueling Squadron instructor boom operator, received the spotlight performer for the week of March 27-31.   Garrett’s duties include
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Melinda Forgit, 22nd Contracting Squadron contract specialist, poses with Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jamie Capps, 22nd Medical Group superintendent, April 21, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Forgit received the spotlight performer for the week of April 10-14. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) 22nd CONS member earns spotlight performer
As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.Melinda Forgit, 22nd Contracting Squadron contract specialist, received the spotlight performer for the week of April 10-14.Forgit’s duties include procuring and planning
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