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  • Therapy through triathlon: Beyond the Blue

    In 2008, a young April Spilde joined the Air Force unsuspecting of the challenges she would face and eventually overcome during her career.
  • Training to save Airmen

    Staff Sgt. Kaanen Brabbs, 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance technician, takes photo evidence during a training exercise May 20, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Collecting evidence allows the U.S. military to build terrorist profiles and track explosive device makers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)
  • Honoring the ultimate sacrifice

    Watching an honor guard place a United States flag over the casket of a loved one is one of the most emotional and memorable experiences a person can have. It is also a reminder of all the sacrifices that person made to serve their country.
  • The base of the Keeper

    Airman 1st Class Bismark Berchie, 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and heavy machinery apprentice, uses a K-12 rescue saw to cut sandstone May 24, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The sandstone is being used to construct a base for the new Keeper of the Plains statue that will arrive later this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman
  • McConnell's KC-46 refuels Ellsworth’s B-1

    A KC-46A Pegasus, taxis to the runway May 17, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The KC-46 flew to a training area near Rapid City, S.D., where the crew worked jointly with a B-1B Lancer aircrew from the 37th Bomb Squadron, assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to perform the first B-1 refueling for an operational B-1 unit and B-1
  • 931st ARW refuels the joint force during NE21

    Airmen with the 931st Air Refueling Wing (ARW) premiered the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft and its capabilities during Exercise Northern Edge 2021 (NE21) — a U.S. only joint-field training exercise held above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and in the Gulf of Alaska during May 3-14, 2021.
  • 18th Air Force Commander visits McConnell

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan -- Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, visited McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, May 12-14, 2021. During the visit, Bibb witnessed Team McConnell’s ability to deliver unmatched air refueling and mission support.
  • National Police Week Guard Mount Ceremony

    Airman 1st Class Christine Rogers, 22nd Force Support Squadron honor guardsman, folds a flag during a National Police Week Guard Mount ceremony May 14, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The Guard Mount ceremony was held to honor fallen law enforcement officers from McConnell and across the state of Kansas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior
  • The Red Falcons land home

    Members of the 350th Air Refueling Squadron were welcomed home by the open arms of family, friends and colleagues after a 4-month deployment to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, where they supported Operation Freedom Sentinel and Inherent Resolve.
  • 22nd CES Airmen repair runway

    Personnel assigned to the 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron repair a spall on the flightline May 3, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. A spall is a five-foot-wide hole that has the potential to negatively affect McConnell’s air refueling operations. Airmen assigned to repair the airfield enable the refueling mission by correcting flightline
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