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  • Celebrating the life of a woman

    Monthly, weekly and daily observations hold a purpose - from raising awareness on a life-threatening disease to honoring the history of a heritage. March is National Women's History Month, geared toward honoring the noble sacrifices and steps women in the past have made, as well as women in the present who continue to make them. "The theme of the
  • Retired general becomes Air Force's newest fighter ace

    A retired general had been waiting on a call for some time; 55 years to be exact. Retired Lt. Gen. Charles G. Cleveland received a call on his home phone in January that turned out to be one of the most important calls of his life. "That's how I found out the Air Force was officially recognizing me as an ace," General Cleveland said. "Right there
  • Intermediate-repair facility keeps tankers flying in theater

    The central intermediate-repair facility, the only KC-135 Stratotanker brake shop in theater, gets 30 to 50 brakes back into service every month, saving the time and money it would take to ship worn parts back for repairs. The tankers are responsible for the in-flight refueling of most of the U.S. and coalition aircraft. "It's a non-stop mission
  • Take it to the mats

    It doesn't take massive strength or agility. Nor does it require an extreme background in martial arts. What it does take is the desire and dedication to learn how to defend yourself under pressuring circumstances. The Combat Hapkido class, offered at the base Fitness Center offers just that - a chance to learn the correct movements, postures and
  • 50 Years of KC-135s at Fairchild

    On Feb. 21, 1958, the new all-jet Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers began arriving at Fairchild. At the time, the 92nd Air Refueling Squadron was flying the propeller-driven KB-29 tanker, an aircraft modified from B-29 bombers for the purpose of air refueling. The KC-135 was the first aircraft designed specifically as an air refueler, and it filled the
  • Defenders perform unique OIF mission

    Editor's Note: Capt. Jason McCree is deployed from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs officeWhile the spiraled rows of concertina wire, countless watch towers, and endless miles of fencing resemble that of detention facilities throughout the world, for the 600-plus Airmen deployed to the Theater Internment Facility at Camp Bucca, Iraq, the
  • Fairchild family pays it forward

    If you take the story of the nine-member Edwards family back to the beginning, you will find high school sweethearts taking separate paths in life. Fifteen years later, you will find them together again. They are married and raising seven children in a military environment - three a piece from first marriages and one together. As many
  • AFPC civilian retires after 57 years service

    When Bill Ward first raised his hand to enlist in the Air Force, Harry S Truman was president of the United States. Now, 58 years and 10 presidents later, he will retire Jan. 31. Mr. Ward, an assignments adviser at the Air Force Personnel Center here, developed an extensive personnel resume through 24 years of Civil Service and a 33-year enlisted
  • Iron – Do you get enough?

    The wheels started turning Jan. 23, both realistically and figuratively, as the Inland Northwest Blood Center blood drive hauled their mobile blood-donating bus to the Base Exchange and a curiosity was sparked about the number of folks who were not able to donate blood because of an iron deficiency - women especially. Not only can an iron
  • Tops in Blue: Preparation for an incredible event

    Getting ready for a large event takes an astronomical effort on many parts. And it's no different when referring to preparation for the arrival of the Air Force's prime expeditionary entertainment unit, Tops in Blue. Tops in Blue is scheduled to perform at the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Wash. Jan. 17. "The Fly By" theme, celebrating