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  • AF Cyclists put passion into action

    “There are times when you’re tired,” said Chief Master Sgt. Susanne Herbert, 22nd Maintenance Group superintendent. “You’re not getting a lot of sleep at night, you’re camping, you’re riding and on average, people don’t ride 70 to 100 miles a day. So I’d say it’s something that your body has to become accustomed to.”
  • Tanker team: The crew of Python 62

    “I was sitting in the boom operator station in the cockpit,” said Airman 1st Class Hannah Clarke, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator. “Everything was normal until we rotated and I heard the pilots call out the high exhaust gas temperature. I went to look and saw the high EGT in the upper 900’s while climbing.”
  • Physical therapy team gets ahead of injuries

    When Airmen suffer from illness or injury, the road to recovery can be a difficult process, but the 22nd Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy staff here is trying to prevent these injuries from ever developing with their proactive outreach programs.
  • McConnell continues to SOAR

    There are 396 KC-135 Stratotankers managed by the Air Mobility Command. The KC-135 community supports worldwide missions, enabling global reach across a full spectrum of mission activity.
  • Wichitalks: Airman talks resiliency with community

    When Senior Airman Tevin Manuel, 22nd Communications Squadron mission defense team operator, joined Air Force he had his sights set on making a difference. Manuel grew up in Jackson, Tennessee, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He joined the Air Force in September 2015 with the hopes of becoming an officer and eventually a
  • Mission Complete: Wingman’s search helps bring Airmen home after 45 years

    “I will never leave an Airman behind.” The words are part of the Airmen’s creed; seven words form a contract sealed in combat; but for retired Col. Edward Sykes, it was a driving force in a 45-year search for his roommate, multiple trips back to Asia and a discovery that culminates next month with a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. First Lt.
  • Airman’s rough road strengthens resiliency in self, others

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— “I had an average life. There was nothing dramatic about it — or so I thought.”EARLY YEARSMaster Sgt. Ieaka Olmstead, 22nd Operations Support Squadron host aviation resource management superintendent, grew up in Georgia with a mother battling a mental illness. When Olmstead was a young teen, her mother was arrested.
  • Vietnam veteran shares story of history-making flight

    During a recent visit to Wichita, an air refueling icon shared his experience of how his crew in Vietnam performed history’s first tri-level refueling.
  • McConnell Airman helps locate Vietnam War MIAs

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— It’s Jan. 29, 1969. Maj. Campbell and Capt. Holton are flying in their F-4 Phantom II during an armed reconnaissance mission in Laos. After spotting an enemy supply truck, they roll in for the attack. It’s suspected that the aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed in the Lao jungle that day. No parachutes were
  • Like daughter, like mother

    In families with a military heritage, children who look up to their parents and grandparents often follow suite and join the military themselves. Sometimes, it’s the other way around.