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  • 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.
  • Airman uses psychology work to help other Airmen, community

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— One McConnell boom operator has made it her mission to improve the mental health of her fellow Airmen and members of the local community.Tech. Sgt. Chelsey Thornhill is a 350th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator currently acting as 22nd Air Refueling Wing Complaints and Resolutions noncommissioned officer in
  • McConnell Melting Pot: International Businessman interlaces with Air Force

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – With a heart set on traveling, the youngest of 22 siblings left his home in Nigeria.  He found himself in Dubai selling real estate, while continuing his passion to travel he met a flight attendant and fell in love. They married and jumpstarted their family. She was unable to continue working with the airlines and
  • Hitting the right notes: Singing boom operator inspires others

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Growing up in a poverty-stricken, single-parent family, he used singing as a kind of therapy.Airman 1st Class Julian Awari, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, was only 6 when he first realized he had a talent for singing, and it was a hobby he would stick with throughout his life.“I like to creatively
  • The dawn of the future starts in the past

    Wing historians are responsible for collecting, documenting and writing historical reports for the units they are assigned. They capture significant accomplishments and challenges experienced by the units which help commanders make future decisions.
  • Heart to heart: Air Force steps up to help Airman’s family

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Five days after their baby was born in 2011, they realized something was wrong. When they took her back to the hospital, they found out they were in for a long, rough road ahead.“They quickly rushed us over to the neonatal intensive care unit, and we met with a cardiologist who said that my daughter has hypoplastic
  • Jack of all trades

    Tech. Sgt. Clayton Allen, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Plans and Programs NCO in-charge, isn’t a communications Airman by trade, he’s a water and fuels systems maintenance Airman pulled from the 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron. He is self-taught in computer programming, satellite and ground command and control radio systems.
  • All Hale the victor!

    Capt. Millie Hale, 350th Air Refueling Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight commander and KC-135 Stratotanker instructor pilot, recently received the Airlift/Tanker Association Young Leadership award for her impact both to the base and the Air Force. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated superior leadership qualities and made outstanding contributions to the airlift and tanker missions.
  • New training equipment increases MWD readiness

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— The 22nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel recently received an upgrade to its obstacle course to help ensure readiness and installation security. The obstacle course, or confidence course, is meant to mimic obstacles that the handler and dog will face when working in the field and prepares the
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