Team McConnell aircrew rush to alert vehicles during Global Thunder 19, Nov. 2, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The annual exercise is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of U.S. Strategic Command and component forces' ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)
Senior Airman Jeremiah Patrick 22nd Maintenance Squadron, hydraulics systems journeyman, wins the Alpha Warrior competition Oct. 20, 2018, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Patrick finished the competition in just three minutes. (Courtesy Photo)
Senior Airmen Cody Cook and Terrance Little, 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire journeymen, inspect KC-135 Stratotanker nose wheels Nov. 1, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The wheel and tire shop will be in charge of constructing an estimated 120 tires for the KC-46A Pegasus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)
Senior Airman Kevin Walton, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, and Master Sgt. Christopher Evans, 22nd Air Refueling Wing career assistance advisor, chat about Air Force career progression Oct. 11, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Evans created a new program where he visits Airmen around base while they perform their daily duties in order to be there to answer any career questions on the spot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Michaela R. Slanchik)
Senior Airman Cole Daniel, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural journeyman, spray paints KC-135 Stratotanker pieces Oct. 26, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The corrosion control shop operates 24 hours a day to provide service to any aircraft parts that are in need of repair. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

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