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  • Flight of the Question Mark

    Editor's note - This is the first article in a series on air refueling, marking the 80th Anniversary of the Question Mark refueling and the tankers' important role in today's operations.On Jan. 1, 1929, a tri-engined Fokker C-2 aircraft with a crew of five climbed into the southern California sky. This aircraft, dubbed the "Question Mark," was not
  • SECAF looks ahead at A/TA Convention

    The Air Force's senior civilian leader stressed the importance of the air mobility mission, specifying that air refueling capability is fundamental to the United States' power projection across the spectrum of conflict. Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley told the audience of more than 1,000 mobility Airmen attending the 40th annual
  • Military families experience deployment process

    On a sunny afternoon, Nov. 1, McConnell's children experience what it's like when their parents deploy. The Family Mobility Line was hosted by the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
  • McConnell holds Air Force Ball

    Team McConnell members dance the night away during the Air Force Ball at the Robert J. Dole Community Center ballroom, Oct. 10.
  • Fire department educates community on fire prevention

    The base fire department helps spred the word to the McConnell community and youths across Sedgwick County, Kan., October 5-11, for Fire Prevention Week.
  • 'Save a Life Tour' brings DUI awareness to McConnell

    The only acceptable time Airmen can get away with driving while "intoxicated" may be during the Save a Life Tour. It won't bring a long list of heavy repercussions and it might make them reconsider drinking and driving. With the help of a high impact drunken driving simulator, both enlisted members and officers under 25 get a sobering look at what
  • New towers aid base ground, air communication; keep Airmen safe

    Airmen from the 22nd Communications Squadron, Civil Engineer Squadron, and 210th Engineering Installation Squadron Air National Guardsmen, Minneapolis, Minn. wrapped up a month of construction on two new ground-to-air transmitter and receiver towers, Sept. 22. Nestled in a secluded area past the base firing range lays the GATR site, which serves as
  • McConnell participates in first Wichita “America Supports You” Freedom Walk

    Overcast skies and drizzling rain accompanied Team McConnell Members as well as some local Wichita residents at the first Wichita "America Supports You" Freedom Walk in downtown Wichita, Sept. 13. The Freedom Walk began when Pentagon employees were seeking a way to honor victims of the 9/11 attack and their families and for a way to pay respect to
  • Petty officer doesn’t give up

    Aug. 8 might have been just another day for some people, but for one Derby native it was a he will probably never forget. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Gowen, explosive ordinance disposal specialist, was going through his daily routine, knocking down doors, disarming improvised explosive devices, and conducting combat operations in Iraq.