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  • PTU provides valuable training

    The plane is losing cabin pressure rapidly, you're 30,000 feet in the air, and you notice you're in an emergency situation. This is one of many simulated scenarios that the Aerospace Physiological Training Unit prepares aircrew for during altitude chamber training. The primary purpose of the training is for students to determine what their hypoxia
  • 36 Rescue Flight rescues Idaho teen

    The night was clear, the air was brisk but not extremely cold, and the moon was nowhere to be found. Sounds like a perfect evening for star gazing, unless you're lost on a mountain all by yourself. Late Sunday night, the 36th Rescue Flight at Fairchild was called into action to help find a missing 15 year-old lost skier in Idaho. Within two hours,
  • Munitions Airman chosen for recruiting magazine

    At 16 years old, Darron Kain knew he was destined to join the Air Force. He wanted to do something important with his life, support his country and make his parents proud. One month out of high school, at 17 years old, he raised his right hand to recite the oath of enlistment. Almost four years later, the Stockton, Calif., native is a senior airman
  • 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