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Staff Sgt. Joseph Kokesh checks the tire inventory in the 92nd Maintenance Squadron's wheel and tire shop for KC-135 Stratotankers. An Air Force Smart Operations 21 initiative is under way in the shop to eliminate almost half of the current tire stock. The reduction should result in a significant cost avoidance for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chad Watkins) AFSO21 tools enable Air Force to improve process
You can do more with less - if you have less waste in your process, said Bill Long, Fairchild's Air Force Smart Operations 21 consultant. AFSO 21 is an Air Force unique process-improvement program that uses the best parts of several civilian efficiency plans, said Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne at a conference at Andrews Air Force
0 10/03
2006
Default Air Force Logo Fairchild aircrew teams with Maxwell medics for aeromedical evacuation
Typically, the KC-135 Stratotanker is known for its aerial refueling, but a Fairchild aircrew that returned here Sunday had the opportunity to demonstrate one of the aircraft's other roles - aeromedical evacuation. The crew of three, all new to this type of mission, was teamed with an Air Force Reserve medical unit out of Maxwell Air Force Base,
0 9/22
2006
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Colonel Scott Hanson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, promotes Tech. Sgt. Kevin Ritter, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in charge of customer service, via teleconference Sept. 16, while Tech. Sgt. Faye Ritter, 92nd Contracting Squadron, shares in the moment. Tech. Sgt. Kevin Ritter is currently deployed to Southwest Asia in support of the Global War on Terrorism. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chad Watkins) Technical sergeant promotion via video teleconference
Kevin Ritter was STEP promoted to technical sergeant Saturday during a video teleconference meeting with Col. Scott Hanson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. Sergeant Ritter, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in charge of customer service, was in Southwest Asia. Colonel Hanson was in the Fairchild command post. Chief Master Sgt. Mark Luzader, 92nd
0 9/22
2006
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Colonel Scott Hanson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Luzader, 92nd ARW command chief, attach master sergeant stripes to Brian Lawrence, 92nd Aeromedical Dental Squadron NCO in change of aerospace physiology training flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chad Watkins) New master sergeant ends week with additional stripe
Technical Sgt. Brian Lawrence, 92nd Aeromedical Dental Squadron NCO in charge of aerospace physiology training flight operations, was briefing a class in a conference room Sept. 15 when Col. Scott Hanson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Luzader, 92nd ARW command chief, arrived to deliver some news.They STEP promoted
0 9/22
2006
Default Air Force Logo Ball remembers, celebrates Air Force heritage
Team Fairchild commemorated the Air Force's 59th birthday Saturday with a ball themed "Lasting heritage...Limitless horizons."The event, which drew more than 500 people representing Fairchild and the local community, was held in the historic Building 2050, hangars 2 and 4."Under this (hangar's) roof literally thousands of P-51s and B-17s returned
0 9/22
2006
Staff Sgt. Chris Moore inspects a refueling boom fairing using the cargo door platform work station, an Air Force Smart Operations 21 initiative, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 12. Sergeant Moore is a floor supervisor with the 92nd Maintenance Squadron's Periodic Inspection Element. (U.S. Air Force photo/Joe B. Wiles)
Maintainers improving system through AFSO21
If you could reduce the number of steps an Airman in the 92nd Maintenance Squadron's Periodic Inspection Element has to climb everyday, you could give him back a lot of time. It would also be an excellent example of Air Force Smart Operations 21 in action. Until recently, working inside the cargo area of the KC-135 was a cluttered space during
0 9/18
2006
Members of the Fairchild honor guard perform a retreat ceremony. Also at the event was a bagpiper who played “Amazing Grace” and Chaplain (Maj.) Kevin Constantine who offered a prayer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jessica Fuentez) Airmen and families gather for retreat ceremony to remember 9/11
Five years later, Fairchild hasn't forgotten. In a ceremony here Monday afternoon, Fairchild honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as well as the 2,900 Americans who have lost their lives fighting the Global War on Terrorism since 9/11. "You've heard the saying that freedom isn't free," said Col. Scott Hanson, 92nd Air
0 9/15
2006
Default Air Force Logo 141st ARW supporting border patrol, enhancing national security
Members of the Washington Air National Guard 141st Civil Engineer Squadron and their counterparts from the Wyoming ANG recently deployed to San Diego to help shore up border security as part of the California Innovative Readiness Training program known as Task Force Grizzly. Fifty 141st Air Refueling Wing personnel, working in conjunction with U.S.
0 9/15
2006
Default Air Force Logo Spokane civic leaders, media fly refueling mission celebrating KC-135's 50th anniversary
A group of 40 Spokane business society members joined Team Fairchild Wednesday to commemorate the 50th birthday of the Air Force's primary refueling aircraft.The Boeing Company debuted the KC-135 in Aug. 1956, and it was delivered to the Air Force a year later. To this date, the aircraft has supported armed conflict and humanitarian operations in
0 9/11
2006
Default Air Force Logo Wing historian relives joys, trials of old Fairchild KC-135 airframe
"Start the water!" When I was a copilot in the KC-135A model here at Fairchild back in 1979, that order from the aircraft commander filled me with excitement and anxiety -- excitement because we were starting our takeoff roll and anxiety because I never knew if the aircraft's water injection system was actually going to work. The A model, or "steam
0 9/08
2006
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