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  • Fear of failure: Beyond the Blue

    As he stood in front of hundreds during his promotion ceremony in December 2017, Senior Master Sgt. Alan Gage, currently the 22nd Maintenance Squadron flight superintendent, had finally obtained his dream. He would now be in a position to give back to the men and women he served with.
  • Chapel’s stocking drop

    Capt. Jason Rupp, 22nd Wing Staff Agencies chaplain, carries holiday stockings to the Airmen in the dorms Dec. 22, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The stockings included items aimed to help with spiritual and mental resiliency for Airmen to use throughout the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)
  • Giving back: McConnell’s first virtual Angel Tree

    After a year of unexpected hardships and the holidays fast approaching, Staff Sgt. Bradlee Brown, 22nd Force Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of community commons, found a way to bring holiday cheer to families of Sedgwick County through McConnell's very first virtual Angel Tree.
  • Superior air power in adverse conditions

    McConnell KC-135 Stratotanker air crews enhanced deterrence capabilities in the arctic Sept. 20-23, 2020, by supplying fuel to F-22 Raptors assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
  • Drunk-Driving Prevention Month

    (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge)
  • KC-135 de-icing: The frosty refueler

    Airman 1st Class Chase Stringer from the 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, de-ice's a KC-135 Statotanker using Global GL 1800 de-ice trucks Dec. 3, 2020 at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Airmen spray the aircraft with chemicals that remove ice as well as prevent ice from forming during flight to ensure free movements of
  • KC-135 crew chiefs operate during isochronal inspection

    Staff Sgt. Brandon Thompson, 22nd Maintenance Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker crew chief, removes screws from a KC-135 upper outward aileron lockout panel during an isochronal inspection Dec. 2, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Isochronal inspections, taking place every two years, allow maintainers to thoroughly examine the internal and
  • Hydraulics Airmen enter the KC-135 "hellhole"

    Staff Sgt. Logan Schiermeyer, 22nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems craftsman, ascends stairs towards the tail access compartment on a KC-135 Stratotanker during an isochronal inspection Dec. 2, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The boom hoist unit, located inside the tail access compartment, enables the boom hoist cable to lift and
  • Team McConnell takes the KC-46 on its first extended mission

    Members of Team McConnell were the first to support a long-range extended operation for the KC-46A Pegasus.
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