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  • Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat

    Fire Prevention Week marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8, 1871. This historic blaze raged for several days and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings. Each October, the National Fire Protection Association sponsors a fire prevention campaign. The theme for this year's
  • McConnell Airmen 'Stand Down' for homeless veterans

    At any given time the Air Force has thousands of personnel deployed supporting the war on terrorism. Decades ago, it was the Vietnam conflict and the Korean War. What happened to the veterans who fought for our nation then? Some of those veterans who now find themselves homeless made their way to downtown Wichita, Kan., Sept. 29 to receive aid
  • Joint ERC provides quicker 911 response time

    Nearly seven years of hard work and planning came to fruition recently when the 22nd Air Refueling Wing Security Forces and Fire Department opened the doors to a new consolidated Emergency Response Center. The ERC was phase one of a project designed to co-locate security forces and fire department personnel in the same room to provide the customer
  • 45 critical days of caloric intake

    The holidays are just around the corner and the added pounds are slowly finding their way around waists. The following are tips to help avoid coming back in 2006 looking like the 2005 Thanksgiving turkey. Preparation is key Prepare by packing a healthy snack for holiday parties. Snacking on a piece of fruit, low-fat crackers, or a light sandwich
  • 22nd ARW/JA shares good news about taxes

    TAXES - It's a simple word, but one that brings fear to those confused by lengthy tax forms and glee to those who love crunching numbers (or who love preying on the confusion of others). Regardless of which group folks fall into, the McConnell Legal Office has good news! As in past years, the McConnell Team will provide free tax preparation for all
  • McConnell program provides safe haven for sexual assault victims

    Something very bad happened. Feelings of guilt and shame are associated with it. Who do I talk with? Everyone will think it is my fault. These reactions are similar to those of someone who has been sexually assaulted. The difference at McConnell is victims of sexual assault do have a place to go. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Point of
  • Airmen volunteer for Iraq deployment

    Six members of the 931st Air Refueling Group's Security Forces Squadron left Aug. 12 for a six-month tour in Iraq. They were destined for Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq, about 140 miles north of Baghdad. Their duties, while deployed, will include air base defense, mobile patrol, entry control and internal security. They are headed for dangerous work, but
  • Future officers experience today's AF

    Twelve future officers got a sneak peek of active duty Air Force life here at McConnell recently. The cadets were participants in Operation Air Force, a program that allows cadets from the Air Force Academy and various ROTC detachments to spend three weeks at an Air Force base interacting with active duty members. According to 1st Lt. Ryan Ulrich,
  • Prior EMT knowledge put to use -- McConnell KC-135 pilot helps stabilize young girl after accident

    A 349th Air Refueling Squadron instructor pilot medically assisted a young girl after she was hit by a car, potentially saving her life. As Capt. Kevin Thomas drove home the evening of July 28, he saw a car stopped in the westbound lane of Pawnee between Rock Road and Webb Road. When he came closer to the stopped car, he realized there was a person
  • Honorary commanders experience KC-135 flight

    By Capt. Brus E. Vidal 22nd ARW Public Affairs A group of 22nd Air Refueling Wing Honorary Commanders saw first-hand the business end of the mobility mission during an aerial refueling flight on June 29. Approximately 10 of McConnell's honorary commanders participated as KC-135 flight Turbo 55 conducted a "fighter drag," refueling a group of Air