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  • 22nd OG Airman earns spotlight performer

    As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do. Staff Sgt. Jesus Rodriguez, 22nd Operations Group boom operator and unit deployment manager, received the spotlight performer for the week of May 23-27. Rodriguez manages
  • 22nd SFS Airman earns spotlight performer

    As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do. Senior Airman Charles Johnson, 22nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, received the spotlight performer for the week of May 16-20. Johnson is responsible
  • 350th ARS Airman earns spotlight performer

    As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do. Senior Airman Justin Bankson, 350th Air Refueling Squadron aviation resource management journeyman, received the spotlight performer for the week of April 4-8. Bankson
  • WWII riveter reminiscences with Airmen

    A woman wearing a polka-dot bandana, rolled up sleeves and fierce red lipstick on a poster was the call to aid. With the men fighting overseas during World War II, it was all hands on deck. Thousands of women stormed into factories to answer the call and fill the gap. Rosie the Riveter, as she was called, became the face of the working gals of the
  • WWII veteran remembers time as B-29 pilot

    With all four engines at full power, a B-29 Superfortress, nicknamed ‘Goin’ Jessie,’ quickly approached the end of a Tinian Island runway during World War II; the aircraft, however, still wasn’t in the air.At the last moment, the bomber lifted off the ground just enough to stay airborne, taking out two runway lights as it slowly gained
  • POL behind the scenes: Fueling the refuelers

    When it comes to air refueling, tankers and aircrews receive all the attention.A small shop belonging to the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron here is in charge of refueling all the KC-135s that call McConnell’s flightline home. They’re the petroleum, oils and lubricants flight.“The guys I have here are really great individuals, and in the end,
  • Maintenance commander outruns cancer

    Two McConnell Airmen ran side-by-side through the chilly morning of their 5km race. As they approached mile two, one of the Airmen began to tire.  “Let’s push this a little bit harder this last mile, because you should feel something,” said Lt. Col. Duane Richardson, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, as he encouraged his running mate
  • Crew chief continues grandfather’s legacy

    For more than 50 years, generations of Airmen have put their blood, sweat, and tears in the KC-135 Stratotanker. For Senior Airman Tomorian Montgomery, the legacy and tradition of working on this aircraft is in his blood. In October of 1963, John Gilbert, Montgomery's grandfather, enlisted into the Air Force as a KC-135 crew chief. “We flew a
  • JTAC Airmen train for real world at Ft. Riley

    It was 110 degrees mid-day with no wind. Three special operations airmen sat side by side in the seats of the UH-60 Blackhawk awaiting their mission. Beads of sweat accumulated on their foreheads from wearing their combat gear.The pilots swung around the field in position and hovered a few feet above the swirling grass as the men hit the ground
  • 60 YEARS IN THE AIR: Generations of KC-135 Maintainers

    (Editor's note: This article is part of a series looking back on the history of the KC-135 Stratotanker throughout the decades, leading up to the 60th anniversary of the KC-135's first flight on August 31, 2016.)Families often carry a profession through their generations. For Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips and his family, they have been maintaining the
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