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  • McConnell Couples: preparing for deployment

    Senior Airman Rebekah Beagle and Staff Sgt. Erik Beagle, both members of the 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron, are in a unique position: they are looking forward to an upcoming deployment, which is unusually optimistic for a young, recently-married couple.The excitement lies in a rare opportunity they are set to experience, which is deploying together
  • 22nd LRS: Moving McConnell

    During a base-wide exercise in October 2014, news came through that an F-16 Fighting Falcon had gone down 70 miles outside of McConnell Air Force Base near Moline, Kansas. However, this wasn't part of the exercise, it was a real-life emergency and representatives from the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron were among the first to arrive on-scene.The
  • New tankers in old memories

    As the Air Force veteran and former Boeing Co. mechanic flipped through fragile scrapbook pages full of memorabilia, old pictures and newspaper articles sparked memories of his days as an Airman and his experience working for Boeing on the brand new model of KC-135R Stratotankers.Glen Mishler spent over two years as a B-17 Flying Fortress gunner
  • 22nd Director of Staff 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. Chelsie McCall, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Safety ground safety technician, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of Feb 8 through 14.McCall, the New
  • 22nd Maintenance Group 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.Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hunding, 22nd Maintenance Group maintenance qualification training program instructor, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of Feb. 8 -
  • Patrolling the flightline

    "ID please," is a common phrase everyone hears as they approach the base.Gate guards are the first line of defense against anyone wishing to harm those within or impede the mission, but if they fail there are more obstacles to get through, like the security forces on the flightline.Security forces protect the aircraft and those who operate within
  • Everybody loves rainmen

    Dark clouds began to roll in with heavy rain and wind. Just before the height of the storm an eerie silence fell over McConnell and the surrounding area as a forming tornado threatened to touch down and rip through the base.Craig McPherson, 22nd Operation Support Squadron meteorologist technician, recalled the events leading up to and during a
  • Running for life

    He spends his time running when he isn't flying a KC-135 Stratotanker or assisting in the daily operations of his squadron.Capt. Daniel Castle, a St. Joseph, Missouri native, only stopped running competitively to become a pilot, but now he is back at it. The only difference, he now races for the Air Force instead of the Academy team."In college, I
  • Security forces partner with local police departments

    A school building may not seem like a typical place to conduct drug and explosive detection training, but that is exactly where McConnell security forces partnered with the Kansas Police Dog Association to carry out these exercises.The abandoned building in Independence, Kansas, provided a unique environment for McConnell military working dogs to
  • Defenders show former Air Policeman modern security forces

    McConnell has been home to a multitude of missions over the years with a long list of Air Force specialty codes coming and going with various units.One career field, even after 50 years of small adjustments and changes, has had a continuous presence here no matter what type of wing hosted the base.The Defenders of the 22nd Security Forces Squadron
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