• McConnell firefighters aid community during wildfires

    Eighteen firefighters from McConnell’s fire department responded to an off-base wildfire March 7-8 in Reno County. The responding groups, which consisted of both military and civilians, were part of more than 2,000 firefighters from 216 organizations that aided in the emergency, said Doug Hanen,

  • Teen dating violence is more common than thought

    It’s important to protect people from violence, which is why February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen dating violence is more common than one might think. Before the age of 18, around 80 percent of females and nearly 40 percent of males experience some form of dating violence, said

  • Defenders fortify skills with new virtual training system

    What does it mean to be a defender? It means having the courage to put others safety before their own, being uncertain of the outcome but choosing to stand up and fight regardless. That is why Security Forces Airmen are known as “Defenders.” It is the 22nd Security Forces Squadron’s responsibility

  • McConnell KC-135 Stratotanker refuels Thunderbirds

    Three F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Feb. 3, 2017, en route to Houston, Texas. The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will be performing a flyover during the 2017 Super Bowl.

  • 22nd SFS civilian wins AF award: unit’s fifth consecutive winning year

    Ken Chrapkowski, 22nd Security Forces Squadron deputy security officer, won the 2016 Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff Civilian of the Year award at the Air Force level. The award encourages outstanding individual achievement and performance and is based on duty accomplishments,

  • KC-46 fuselage trainer building inspection

    Representatives from various base agencies perform a final inspection of the KC-46 fuselage trainer building, Jan. 30, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Students and base personnel will use the facility for KC-46-specific training. Delivery of the fuselage trainer is slated for fall 2017.

  • Aircrew Flight Equipment flight wins two AF awards

    McConnell’s Aircrew Flight Equipment Airmen brought home two Air Force awards for their efforts during 2016. The shop oversees the special equipment used by aircrews during emergency situations, which includes anything from oxygen masks and helmets to life rafts and chemical warfare gear.For the

  • McConnell’s first youth cheerleading program to begin in March

    Beginning March 13, Team McConnell’s youngest members will have the opportunity to participate in cheerleading on base for the first time thanks to the efforts of one Airman.Staff Sgt. Angela Wilkerson, 22nd Air Refueling Wing command chief executive assistant, coached at her previous duty station

  • Fire department structural trainer to be remodeled

    The base fire department’s structural trainer is scheduled to be remodeled during the upcoming months.The three-story structure simulates facilities on base that have multiple levels, such as the dormitories, and is used to prepare firefighters to respond to real-world emergencies in these types of

  • McConnell, Pease Airmen prepare for KC-46 arrival

    Members of the 157th Air Refueling Group and 64th Air Refueling Squadron toured McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Oct. 17 - 20.Airmen from Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, got an overview of how Team McConnell is preparing for the arrival of the KC-46A Pegasus. The visit gave members of