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  • The Air Bridge: Connecting to civic neighbors

    (This story is part of a series to highlight McConnell AFB honorary commanders and their impact on the base and the community.)Editor’s Note: The Honorary Commander Program is designed to bring the base closer to our civilian counterparts in Wichita and the surrounding communities. Honorary commanders can be doctors, business owners, mayors,
  • WWII POW shares story with McConnell Airmen

    In the two-story building, between the iron sights of his rifle, Ray Avila could see a German soldier. Two more German soldiers walked through the door with fixed bayonets. He knew what he had to do to keep himself and his unit safe. Avila pulled the trigger, dropping one of the enemy soldiers.
  • McConnell doctor travels to promote partnerships, humanitarian efforts

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – The U.S. military is known for its prowess in dealing with threats with a clenched fist, as well as assisting the less fortunate with an open hand. Approaching each, often requires traveling to distant lands.Lt. Col. Daniel LaMothe, 22nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander, recently traveled to Philippines and
  • Airman puts MX skills to use on motocross track

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – He ran the motorcycle through a five-foot pool of water, wrecking the bike; everything he had worked for all his life seemed to be over. Staff Sgt. Thomas Tangedal, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft metal technology journeyman, was completing a practice run on a 150-mile loop in the desert outside of Las Vegas,
  • Equipped to refuel: AFE saves lives

    The 22nd Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment Airmen provide and maintain safety and survival gear for aircrew and aircraft here to allow aircrews to have confidence in their equipment.
  • Family reunites after four years apart

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Four years — that’s how long he waited.Airman 1st Class Messan Atayi, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment journeyman, moved to the United States from Togolese Republic, Africa, in 2013, leaving behind his pregnant wife. He met his daughter for the first time and was reunited with his
  • The Air Bridge: Connecting to civic neighbors

    (This story is part of a series to highlight McConnell AFB honorary commanders and their impact on the base and the community.)Editor’s Note: The Honorary Commander Program is designed to bring the base closer to our civilian counterparts in Wichita and the surrounding communities. Honorary commanders can be doctors, business owners, mayors,
  • A chief’s foundation: Faith, family, mentorship

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – Thirty feet up in the air, clinging to a utility pole, was a brand-new Airman crying out for help. He was panicked and insistent that he was going to fall.An instructor stared up at him from the ground and sighed. This was the sergeant’s first day as a technical training school instructor, and before that moment, it
  • The Air Bridge: Connecting to civic neighbors

    The Honorary Commander program is designed to bring the base closer to our civilian counterparts in Wichita, Kansas, and other surrounding communities.Honorary commanders can be doctors, business owners, mayors, professors, police chiefs or others that are well respected in their respective fields and communities.“The ultimate goal of all of this
  • Therapy dogs visit dorm residents

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.— Airmen’s squeals of excitement could be heard outside the dorms as they first noticed the group of four therapy dogs that visited to provide them with some much-needed puppy love and slobbery kisses.Teresa Eftink, 22nd Comptroller Squadron civilian payroll and dispersing officer, is a volunteer with the south-central
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