MCCONNELL AFB

McConnell continues to SOAR

Story by A1C Alan Ricker on 04/09/2018 There are 396 KC-135 Stratotankers managed by the Air Mobility Command. The KC-135 community supports worldwide missions, enabling global reach across a full spectrum of mission activity. A number of KC-135s possess specialized capabilities, and these Airmen and aircraft serve as a part
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Ops support assists with KC-135 mission during Red Flag 18-2

Story by SrA Janelle Patio on 03/28/2018 People hear about aircraft and fighter jets accomplishing the mission all the time, whether it be KC-135 Stratotankers refueling or fighter jets fighting the fight, but what many overlook is what happens behind the scenes and what units and agencies are involved to
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Vietnam veteran shares story of history-making flight

Story by A1C Alan Ricker on 03/15/2018 During a recent visit to Wichita, an air refueling icon shared his experience of how his crew in Vietnam performed history's first tri-level refueling. "Learning about the accomplishments of the Airmen that have gone before us helps today's Airmen understand where we've come
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Diamond Spotlight on Master Sgt. James Barnes

Story by TSgt Darrell Hamm on 03/05/2018 Barnes, a self-proclaimed military brat, started his career in March of 1987 as Security Forces. Barnes was first assigned to McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kansas. "I went into the military because I really didn't have any other place that I wanted
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Airman aids secluded village in Puerto Rico mountains

Story by A1C Alan Ricker on 02/26/2018 Senior Airman Ian Boutwell's mission as a vehicle maintainer was to repair material-handling equipment that kept a rotation of food and water going to the people of Puerto Rico, but when a local reached out about a village cut off from the supply
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ANG education center reflects on 50 years: Part One - Before him, there was nothing'

Story by MSgt Mike Smith on 02/23/2018 MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In honor of a half-century of learning, this feature series highlights TEC, from its first classes in a World War II-era aircraft
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McConnell's youngest leads Red Flag 18-1 maintainers

Story by 2nd Lt. Daniel de La Fe on 02/23/2018 The Red Flag Tanker Task Force Maintenance Team consists of 45 members from McConnell AFB, Fairchild AFB and Royal Air Force Mildenhall, with the McConnell crews taking the lead. The team is fully equipped to maintain four aircraft for the
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Red Flag provides refined boom, instructor training

Story by 2nd Lt. Daniel de La Fe on 02/23/2018 McConnell air crews use the exercise as a development opportunity for young boom operators before they head to the Central Flight Instructor Course at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, an aerial refueling instructor training course. "We're here to practice and train our
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434th AFE supports Andrews AFB

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and for one unit in Maryland, Grissom has been providing just that. Airmen from the 434th Operations Support Squadron's aircrew flight equipment flight, are helping to improve mission readiness at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.
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Grissom aviator epitomizes flying diversity

Story by SrA Jeffrey Withrow on 01/29/2018 GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- From loading to flying, from fixed wing to rotary wing, and propeller to turbine, one Grissom aviator has done it all. Capt. Johnathon McCashland, 434th Air Refueling Wing deputy director of inspections, knew early on in life
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Team McConnell honors late MWD Don

Story by A1C Erin McClellan on 01/22/2018 MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. When picturing an Airman, most people don't think of them as furry and four-legged, but military working dogs are just as important to the mission as any human Airman. On Jan. 19, Team McConnell came together to honor
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