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  • McConnell Airman loses 100 pounds to join Air Force

    An Airman in the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron had to make a major life change before joining the Air Force.Airman 1st Class Dan Chevrette, 22nd LRS heavy equipment mechanic, dropped approximately 100 pounds in order to enlist in the Air Force."Being in the Air Force was something I've always dreamed about as a kid, so I knew I had to enlist no
  • Reservist recalls early days as African-American female Airmen

    She stood sharp at attention in the mirror. With a straight knife hand and upper arm horizontal to the ground, her right hand continually swept through the motions of a proper military salute. She practiced this courtesy for many nights before bed when she first commissioned in 1963. This Airman is a 26-year veteran, retired Lt. Col Mattie Boyd.
  • Inspired NCO spends career molding Airmen

    Joshua Smith was 17 years old and starting to earn a reputation for skipping his math class every afternoon when he was called into his guidance counselor's office. The most surprising part of the meeting for Smith was seeing his visibly distressed mother in the office."My mom was on the verge of tears because they were so close to kicking me out
  • Undefeated 22nd MXO takes home intramural basketball championship

    The 22nd Maintenance Operations team, or "Team Ratchet", finished a perfect season after defeating the 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and taking home the 2015-2016 intramural basketball championship.Team Ratchet went undefeated throughout the season despite being put to the test by the 22nd AMXS during the championship game.Thanks to clutch
  • 60 YEARS IN THE AIR: Becoming a boom

    (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 in August 2016.)From an early age, Airman 1st Class Shelby Bowling, 350th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, had an idea of what she wanted to do when she
  • Tuskegee Airman reflects on diversity

    It was 1944 and the U.S. was in the midst of two battles--a war on two sides of the world and the onslaught of cultural changes on the home front.Meanwhile, a young African-American soldier picked up trash on the white sandy beaches at Keesler Field, Mississippi. He had been briefed that although he was in the service and evidently may fight and
  • The Airman Ministry Center gets a makeover

    Two Airmen of the 22nd Maintenance Group are making aesthetic improvements to the Airman Ministry Center, or the "Den" at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.Airman 1st Class Charlotte Bertoch, 22nd Maintenance Squadron iso-crew chief, and Airman Zachary Orten, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, are painting a mural on the walls of the
  • From Australia to American Airman

    As a young Australian boy, Capt. Nathaniel Beer, 384th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, had a passion for flying.Born in Perth, Australia, Beer knew that he wanted to control an aircraft. When he was just six years old, he found his passion as a pilot. On a family visit to Melbourne, the pilots allowed children to check out the flight deck to see what
  • 22nd OSS Airman meets leadership on Capitol Hill

    Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Mikell, 22nd OSS air traffic control training and standardization NCO in-charge, was sent to the Pentagon as part of the Capitol Hill Visit Program late last year..Accompanied by Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Hughes, 22nd ARW command chief, the three McConnell Airmen met with
  • 22nd AMXS Airman brings 'Wichitalks' to life

    A 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman organized a forum for members of the community to discuss and share various ideas and passions during "Wichitalks" held Jan. 29, at The Labor Party, in Wichita, Kansas.Senior Airman Kevin Falting, 22nd AMXS crewchief, hosted the TED Talk-style event, which brought a number of presenters came together to