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Gary Langstaff completes a pre-flight maintenance inspection on the main rotor assembly of a UH-1N "Huey" helicopter assigned to the 36th Rescue Flight based at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.  Mr. Langstaff, who served 10 years as a UH-1 crew chief in the U.S. Army, is contracted through Sikorsky Support Services, Inc. to provide on-site maintenance service for the flight's missions.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Rosine) Rescue flight crews provide 'help from above'
On a moonless night, the glow from a red and green instrument panel illuminates the faces of the crew of Blade 79er, a UH-1N Huey flying a night vector mission over the tree-covered mountains of northern Washington. Suddenly, the radio crackles. "Rescue, Rescue, Rescue ... Phaser 1-2 calling in vector," the voice of a student on the ground nearby
0 6/25
2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Celestine Kuntz, Health and Wellness Center health education program manager, carries the 2002 Olympic Torch. At the time, she was nine months pregnant and only two years earlier had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, for which she immediately went into surgery for. A journey of a lifetime
Trials and tribulations. The phrase sounds like a title for a poorly made 1930s movie about the Great Depression. But add the word track to the beginning and triumph to the end, and it more than explains the life of Celestine Kuntz, health education program manager at the Health and Wellness Center. Track, Trials, Tribulations and Triumph. From 5
0 6/21
2007
Default Air Force Logo Fitness: A high priority year-round
On one hand, there are those who stay active on a daily basis. Winter or summer, rain or shine, physical exercise is of high importance. On the other hand there are those who are only somewhat active up until it is their time to shine on the 1.5-mile run. Any amount of exercise is valued, but it is typically the group that continuously strives to
0 6/21
2007
Default Air Force Logo Stress: Don't let it control you
Your Air Expeditionary Force cycle is coming up. You just received permanent change-of-station orders. An exercise is around the corner and you still need to prep for the Unit Compliance Inspection. And that's just work. Add a home life, and your demands and stressors seem endless. It's impossible to eliminate these everyday stress factors from our
0 6/19
2007
Default Air Force Logo The American flag: Symbol of heritage
The American flag has always been a proud symbol of our heritage, so it is no surprise that we dedicate an entire day each year to celebrate it. That day is June 14, the anniversary of the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. Although Flag Day is not an official national
0 6/14
2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Col. Thomas Sharpy, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, talks to Marines June 9 during an event held for more than 150 local deploying Marines and their families held at the U.S. Naval & Marine Corps Reserve Center. The colonel took command here in May and says that leading the wing is "probably the highlight of my career." Colonel Sharpy served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and has flown the KC-135, C-5 and C-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jason McCree) Keeping an eagle-eye on the wing commander
Standing a few inches short of six feet (ok, maybe more than a few), with the broad shoulders of a powerful warrior and two noble eagles perched on the left and right sides of his collar, Col. Thomas Sharpy, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, has bled Air Force blue for more than 20 years. He now adds to the mix a few drops of Fairchild and the
0 6/14
2007
Default Air Force Logo Air Force program shelters abused family members
You are living in fear of physical abuse that takes place in front of your children. Screaming, name-calling and uncontrollable crying are all part of the deal. What do you do? The immediate response is, "Get out immediately!" Of course. Nobody should live with such abuse, and no parent should ever put their children through, or allow their
0 6/12
2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Chaplain candidate, 2nd Lt. Nicole Palmeira, stands alongside Chaplain (Capt.) Mark Williams and Wing Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey Neuberger on the alter at the base chapel. Both chaplains have played a role in guiding the candidate toward chaplaincy. The lieutenant will soon complete her tour here, one of the two required tours for a chaplain candidate. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Kali L. Gradishar) A candidate of a higher calling
Transitioning into an Air Force life, learning new customs and procedures, and understanding a different way to do things with a military twist is not always easy. Add to that, finding ways to perfect a sermon, counseling the young, old and in-between, and being exceptionally unaware of where the next adventure will lead, and you have a chaplain's
0 6/05
2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Maj. Gina Humble, 92nd Services Squadron commander, was recently chosen to serve as the Air Force military aide to the president of the United States. The major, who has been the services commander since June 2005, plans to leave Fairchild for Washington D.C. in August.
From serving Fairchild to serving the president
From a young girl in Baltimore, to a ROTC graduate, to commander of the 92nd Services Squadron at Fairchild, and now on to be the Air Force military aide to the president of the United States. These are just a few achievements that have taken Maj. Gina Humble, 92nd Services Squadron commander, around the country and finally landed her in the White
0 6/05
2007
Default Air Force Logo Creation and continuation of the melodious “Taps”
As history tells it, an Army general lay wounded in his tent at Harrison's Landing, Va., following the Seven Days battle of the Civil War in July 1862. Summoned to Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield's side was Pvt. Oliver Wilcox Newton, the brigade bugler. The general was displeased with the usual call for lights out, and arranged with the soldier a new
0 5/30
2007
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