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A family committed to service

The Kallinen family is unlike many families. While many families gather over the dinner table to enjoy time together, the Kallinen family gathers every month for Unit Training Assembly at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. With three family members actively serving as Reserve citizen airmen, Rachel Kallinen, the youngest Air Force Reservist currently

Airlift overcomes polar hurdles

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Airlift overcomes polar hurdles

For the first time in the 63-year history of Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), members of the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron flew six daily missions in a row, making up for a troublesome weather situation. "We were challenged with quite a few delays caused by winter storms, which put us behind to

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Rainier Wing changes command

Col. Sean P. Pierce will assume his role as the 446th Airlift Wing's newest commander following a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Jan. 6. Pierce brings with him a breadth of experience specific to the 446th AW's mission having previously served as the 446th Operations Group commander for

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Heroic cop joins Rainier Wing

The desire to serve is strong for many Reserve citizen airmen, and one heroic police officer returned to service after being recognized for his valor during an intense standoff with an armed robber. Before he signed up to become a member of the 446th Security Forces Squadron in April, Staff Sgt.

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Sharing knowledge

Mobility Guardian offered international, partner-nation opportunities including exposing aircrews to critical aeromedical evacuation patient stabilization training. For the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, the opportunity to train with a Brazilian air crew in their Casa 295 to share knowledge about how to stabilize and transport patients using the smaller Brazilian aircraft was

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Rainier Wing challenges Aeromedical Evacuation

For the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Mobility Guardian is an opportunity to train and sharpen battlefield skills for medical troops from around the nation and world. A majority of the AES participation from the 446th Airlift "Rainier" Wing for Mobility Guardian will be as ground members who will support flying crews

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A calm in the storm

Next to the ancient city of Bagram and seven miles southeast of Charikar in the Parwan province of Afghanistan, Bagram Airfield has remained amongst the most dangerous air bases in the War on Terror. Enduring multiple deadly attacks and incidents since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, the

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Training fuels confidence

The 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord was trained during their annual tour at Naval Medical Center San Diego's Medical Surgical Simulation Center. Among the most impressive of the trainings offered was a combat trauma course that simulated hyper-realistic conditions to fully engage participants in a war zone

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Exercise on McChord puts crisis readiness to the test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The 446th Security Forces Squadron collaborated to plan and execute a comprehensive active shooter exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Sunday. The exercise was intended to both ensure the readiness of first responders directly involved and to heighten safety and awareness around the wing. The exercise called upon participation

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Night vision landings

Airlift support to the U.S. Antarctic Program wrapped-up in March, and members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord met challenges of the harsh Antarctic environment head-on, including performing night-vision goggle landings on a runway made of ice during the Austral Winter. The flights were part of Operation Deep Freeze, the U.S. military's logistical

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