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Keeping C-17's young

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Keeping C-17's young

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - When people think of maintenance in the U.S. Air Force, they often picture an airman working directly on an aircraft. However, many jobs within the maintenance career field have different ways they contribute to the mission of keeping jets in the air. The 62nd Maintenance Squadron Aerospace

All-female flight

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All-female flight

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - With March being Women's History Month, it is important to recognize how the role of women in the military has dramatically changed over the years. During the 18th and 19th centuries, women were confined to serving as cooks, seamstresses and nurses. The formation of the Women's

446th OG receives new leader

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446th OG receives new leader

U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Lankford, left, 62nd Operations Group commander, presents the 4th Airlift Squadron guidon to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Canup, incoming 4th AS commander, during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, March 4, 2021. Canup is the 56th commander to lead the

Operation cookie drop

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Operation cookie drop

Maj. Jennifer Arce, Operation Cookie Drop co-organizer and 62nd Medical Squadron flight medicine nurse, and other volunteers box up cookies during Operation Cookie Drop Dec. 9, 2020, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The operation received more than 1,000 dozen cookies, which exceeded the goal of 700 dozen cookies for dorm resident

JBLM airmen fly airshow

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JBLM airmen fly airshow

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Peaking out behind white fluffy clouds, the sun shone down on the crowd of excited beachgoers enjoying the strong breeze rippling across the ocean waves. Heads began to turn and eyes searched the horizon as the sound of four turbofan jet engines could be heard over

62nd APS airmen conduct new COVID-19 screening at SeaTac

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62nd APS airmen conduct new COVID-19 screening at SeaTac

Every single wing, squadron and unit in the U.S. Air Force has felt the effects of COVID-19 in one form or another. Airmen assigned to the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron (APS) unit operating out of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) Air Mobility Command (AMC) Passenger Terminal have implemented a new

Maintenance airmen play vital role

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Maintenance airmen play vital role

(Photo: Staff Sgt. Christopher Bowen, 62nd Maintenance Squadron (MXS) hydraulics technician, right, and Airman 1st Class Ian Cernetich, 62nd MXS hydraulics apprentice, open the panel covering the engine of a C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Lewis-McChord April 14.) The World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern

627th SFS attack their mission at JBLM

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627th SFS attack their mission at JBLM

(Photo: Staff Sgt. Mark Soltero, 627th Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center (BDOC) controller, responds to a transmission pertaining to flight line security at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dec. 4, 2019. Soltero and other BDOC airmen monitor communications and video surveillance to make sure the flight line on McChord Field

62 AW airmen transport much needed food

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62 AW airmen transport much needed food

Millions of people in every corner of the world lack basic supplies for food, water and education. In an effort to mitigate some of these issues, the Department of Defense created the Denton Cargo Program, which allows the U.S. Air Force to deliver privately donated humanitarian cargo on a space-available

CPI program innovates

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CPI program innovates

(Photo: Tech. Sgt. Trier Stewart, 627th Air Base Group executive assistant, writes a problem statement during the 62nd Airlift Wing Manpower’s Practical Problem Solving Model class at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Sept. 20.) Innovation, cost effectiveness and time saving can come in many shapes and sizes in the Air Force. At McChord

Year of the Defender

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Year of the Defender

Photo: A Warrior Training Alliance instructor explains to 627th Security Forces Squadron airmen the process for training with a simulator that puts the defenders through various scenarios to test them on use of force and other tactics at Joint Base Lewis-McChord April 30. Security forces is the largest enlisted career field

2018 Team McChord Annual Awards

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2018 Team McChord Annual Awards

Team McChord announced the 2018 Annual Award winners during the Team McChord Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 22 at the McChord Club on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Officer and enlisted servicemembers, civilians, spouses and teams were honored as the best of the best in 15 different categories during the ceremony. "It's a real privilege

McChord Field deals with winter blast

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McChord Field deals with winter blast

Low clouds and a light fog shroud the flightline as the airmen wait indoors for their schedule for the day. It's a brisk, cold morning promising ice on the aircrafts blanketed in the mist. For aircrews, ice or snow on their jet can prove to be a major hazard, and before

A blessed deployment

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A blessed deployment

Leaving for or returning from a deployment can challenge the resiliency of 62nd Airlift Wing airmen. They have to say goodbye to their families and friends and be apart from them for a considerable amount of time. Then, when they return, they could have undergone times of great stress during

Airman first in half century

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Airman first in half century

Editor's Note: This article is Part I of a series highlighting unique opportunities available to servicemembers as a result of joint basing. The U.S. Air Force's Security Forces has a long history dating back to World War II. Since 1942, the team we used to identify as the Army Air Forces

McChord represents USAF in Ample Strike, NATO Days

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McChord represents USAF in Ample Strike, NATO Days

Exercise Ample Strike and NATO Days Air Show in the Czech Republic from Sept. 8 to 18 offered an opportunity for 62nd Airlift Wing airmen from the 4th Airlift Squadron to integrate with NATO forces during a multinational exercise and outreach effort. This combined exercise directly supports 2018 National Defense

Airmen make it rain soldiers in Predictable Iron

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Airmen make it rain soldiers in Predictable Iron

Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing participated in a joint exercise with the 82nd Airborne Division to drop equipment and personnel at two drop zones during Exercise Predictable Iron from Aug. 20-24 at Army Pope Field, North Carolina. Airmen from the 7th and 8th Airlift Squadrons crewed two C-17 Globemaster IIIs

Painting partnerships to strengthen Air Force

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Painting partnerships to strengthen Air Force

Renewing a paint job may not seem like an important task to some, but for aircraft it can be the difference between continuing to fly and being decommissioned. For the 60th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) from Travis Air Force Base, California, they are unable to spray paint to renew their C-17s' paint

Exercise Rainier War

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Exercise Rainier War

Like its namesake, Exercise Rainier War was a mountainous undertaking executed by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and Australian air force to train for potential future conflicts June 6 at McChord Field. "One of the biggest challenges was we planned this for 20 C-17 Globemaster IIIs and that's a lot

Airmen 'Take Back the Night'

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Airmen 'Take Back the Night'

Sexual assault is something that can affect anyone, either directly or through a loved one. Many victims of sexual assault can feel ashamed and try to hide what happened instead of speaking out. In an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault, Team McChord airmen strapped on their running shoes and

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