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  • McConnell’s very own Keeper

    Team McConnell is welcoming a new member to the team in early 2021. The base’s very own Keeper of the Plains.
  • Fire Muster 2020

    Chris Sample, 22nd Force Support Squadron food service specialist, performs a ladder climb during the Fire Muster competition Oct. 8, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Participants climbed the ladder three times, equaling around 6 stories. The ladder obstacle was one of seven that the teams of four had to complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by
  • 905th ARS performs inaugural flight

    A KC-46A Pegasus piloted by members of the 905th Air Refueling Squadron lands on the fligthline Oct. 3, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This was the inaugural 905th ARS flight at McConnell. The 905th ARS is one of three Reserve air refueling squadrons here. The squadron reactivated at McConnell after a ten-year hiatus in May 2019. (U.S. Air
  • McConnell AFB Fire Department educates residents during Fire Prevention Week

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- The McConnell Air Force Base Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association, to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”
  • When I lost my stripe — Beyond the Blue

    I pulled my blues out of the closet and began ironing. This time, it wasn’t for a ceremony or a fancy event. It was to face my commander and receive punishment for my poor decisions.
  • A new breed of pilot

    The excitement in the air was palpable as 2nd Lt. Alisson Moraes, 14th Student Squadron Undergraduate Pilot Training graduate, sat behind the controls of the KC-46A Pegasus during a tour of the aircraft Sept. 25, 2020.
  • SPEK assembly

    Tech. Sgt. Michael Roray, 22nd Force Support Squadron sports program manager, attaches a purlin to an arch assembly Sept. 25, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Roray and a team of four other Airmen were assembling a Single Pallet Expeditionary Kitchen for the family mobility line event. The SPEK is a tent-based field kitchen designed to
  • Airmen extinguish live fire during exercise

    Tech. Sgt. Rocky Vazquez, 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection station captain, observes operations as a safety representative during an annual night aircraft burn, Sept. 18, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Firefighters train regularly to ensure they are prepared to respond to any emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman
  • POW/MIA Ceremony

    William Schwertfeger, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col., shares his story as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict in 1972 at a POW/MIA Ceremony Sept. 17, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. According to the Department of Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office, there are 1,657 personnel still missing from the Vietnam
  • McConnell holds annual POW/MIA wreath laying ceremony

    Lt. Col. Paul Castillo, 22nd Wing Staff Agencies wing chaplain, reminds 2020 POW/MIA wreath laying ceremony attendees the importance of honoring service members who have sacrificed their freedom or lives in service to their country Sept. 16, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. America’s Armed Forces still search for the approximately 82,000