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August 2, 2010 at 10:33am

Air Force ditches 'Above All' motto

Apparently the Air Force is looking for a new short phrase that has the staying power of the Marine Corps' "Semper Fidelis," according to a story in Air Force Times.  

Air Force officials have already conducted focus groups and have more scheduled, according to the story.

Leadership is hoping to unveil the new motto in late September.

For more on the story, click here.   

Filed under: U.S. Air Force,

August 17, 2010 at 7:32pm

Sonic booms rattle Sound

Wondering what the window-rattling booms were Tuesday afternoon? The two loud sonic booms heard around the Seattle area shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday were caused by two F-15 jets, Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told the Seattle Times.

The fighters were scrambled from the 142nd Oregon Air National Guard Wing in Portland.

For more on the story, click here.

Filed under: Training, U.S. Air Force,

August 18, 2010 at 5:51pm

Veterans organizations hosts picnic Sunday

VetsMeetVets, a local organization that works to connect recent veterans with more seasoned veterans and the services of their local area, hosts a picnic from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Lake picnic area.    

The event is open to all active duty and past duty veterans and their families.

Guests are asked to bring a prepackaged food item because there is no electricity at the picnic area to keep food hot. Organizers are also encouraging guests to bring lawn chairs, lawn games and musical instruments.

The VA hospital at American Lake is located at 9600 Veterans Dr., Lakewood.

For more information, visit or call (253) 861-7100.

Filed under: Veterans,

August 18, 2010 at 5:54pm

Car show benefits warriors

The Mustang West car club hosts a "Pride in Your Ride" car and bike show from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at The Play Pen, 3811 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey.

The club will be selling tickets as part of a 50/50 raffle, with the proceeds being donated to the Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion. For more information, e-mail

Filed under: News To Us,

August 19, 2010 at 2:50pm

Deployed McChord airmen hard at work

Members of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron deployed to the desert dropped more than 1,192,000 pounds to 22 different drop zones, including fuel, water, food and additional supplies needed by servicemembers on the ground at forward operating bases across the area of responsibility.

The endeavor, called Operation Everest, took place over the course of one week, and was an effort headed by the 816th EAS to "fully exercise the C-17 (Globemaster III) theater drop capability," said Lt. Col. Stephen Ritter, the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron commander.

For more on the mission, click here.

August 20, 2010 at 2:27pm

McChord airmen receive Bronze Star

Tech. Sgts. Steven Ostrander and Robert Fitzpatrick, both assigned to the 62nd Security Forces Squadron at McChord Field, received Bronze Star medals Aug. 18 for their leadership, forward thinking and technical knowledge during their deployments supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

For more on the airmen and what they did, click here.

August 20, 2010 at 2:39pm

McChord deployed families dinner Monday

The McChord Field Chapel Support Center hosts a deployed families dinner at 6 p.m. Monday (Aug. 23).

The Chapel Support Center is located across the street from the base theater.

Filed under: Food and Drink, News To Us,

August 21, 2010 at 8:06am

McChord airmen headed to Pakistan

Active duty and Reserve aircrews assigned to 62d and 446th Airlift Wing will depart McChord Field Monday for Pakistan Humanitarian Relief operations.

The United States has responded immediately and generously to Pakistan's call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that started on July 29.

"The U.S. is committed to the welfare of the people of Pakistan and will continue to provide assistance during this period of terrible suffering," said Col. Kevin J. Kilb, 62nd Airlift Wing commander. "The U.S. government applauds the Government of Pakistan efforts to provide support to its citizens and stands ready, with the international community, to further support these efforts."

August 27, 2010 at 10:09am

60 McChord reservists prepare for deployment

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, more than 60 reservists from the 446th Airlift Wing will depart for various locations across Southwest Asia, with about 95 more preparing to head out within the next few months.

For more on what they'll be doing over there, click here.

August 30, 2010 at 10:06am

4th Airlift Squadron deploys

More than 100 airmen assigned to the 4th Airlift Squadron departed McChord Field Aug. 26 for a 120-day deployment in support of the Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

The 4th AS is replacing the 8th AS, which is scheduled to return in the next few days.    

For more on the deployment, click here

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