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  • 344th ARS helps fuel McConnell’s mission

    The 344th Air Refueling Squadron's mission is to train and equip flight crew members to perform aerial refueling and airlift, wherever and whenever directed, according to Lt. Col. John Newberry, 344th ARS commander. Air refueling is vital because the KC-135's allow other aircraft greater range and loiter capabilities. This means they can fly
  • McConnell welcomes L.A. Times

    McConnell Air Force Base had an opportunity to March 6, show off their aircraft. Peter Spiegel, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, visited McConnell to write a story about the need for the proposed new aircraft. Mr. Spiegel started off his day by watching a KC-135 launch and receiving a unit mission brief from Col. Donald J. Halpin, 22nd Air
  • The weight on my shoulders: Personal story begins eating disorders awareness week

    I'm writing this without using my name, but I could be any woman (or man) you know. The gate guard who looks at your ID card in the morning, the mother taking her child to daycare, or the bagger at the checkout in the commissary. It doesn't matter what I do for a living or how old I am. I do not look thin, nor am I fat. I have a disease. I have an
  • McConnell member gets chance to save life

    Master Sgt. Michael Castillo attended the Noncommissioned Officers Academy at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., in 2002 to enhance his military education. He never imagined attending the academy would also put him in the position to help save someone's life just a few years later. A speaker visited his class at the NCOA to talk to students about a
  • March marks National Women's History Month

    In the early 19th century, women were considered second-class citizens whose existence was limited to the interior life of the home and care of the children. Women were considered sub-sets of their husbands, and, after marriage, they did not have the right to own property, maintain their wages or sign a contract, much less vote. It was considered
  • Anthrax vaccine is back

    The anthrax vaccine is back and is once again mandatory for all personnel assigned to: - Central Command area of responsibility for more than 15 days. - Korean Peninsula for more than 15 days. - Special units with bio warfare or bio terrorism related missions. - Specialty units with approved exception to policy. The current Anthrax Vaccine
  • Tanker Talkers to hold speech contest

    On March 8, the McConnell Tanker Talkers Toastmasters club will hold a speech contest to select a contestant to send to the Area International Speech Contest. Judges will be evaluating speeches in three main categories: content, delivery and style. Toastmasters is an international educational organization dedicated to improving communication and
  • Enlisted dining facility authorization change

     -- In conjunction with Air Mobility Command's contract support and reduction initiative, personnel authorized access to utilize enlisted dining facilities has been modified. The intent of dining facilities is to provide subsistence entitlements to enlisted members residing in dormitories, provide a training environment for food service personnel,
  • Six inducted as Honorary Commanders for Team McConnell

    McConnell Air Force base held it's annual Honorary Commander's Banquet Feb. 22 at the Dole Community Center here.  Six members of the local community were inducted during the banquet as honorary commanders for various units on base. The new inductees join 27 honorary commanders that are continuing their tenure as honorary commanders.   The purpose