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  • Fairchild Airmen compete for German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

    Nineteen Fairchild Airmen competed for the coveted German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Nov. 17-18, at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. The GAFPB is a decoration of the Bundeswehr, the unified armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, and can be awarded to German and allied soldiers of any rank. In the U.S. Armed Forces, the GAFPB is one of the few approved foreign awards authorized to be worn on uniforms, making it one of the most sought after achievements.
  • Keeping Fairchild’s mission loaded

    Team Fairchild doesn’t just enable Rapid Global Mobility through in-flight refueling, they are also highly trained in aeromedical evacuation, and cargo and passenger transport. Continuous cargo-load training keeps Fairchild boom operators stay mission ready through routine cargo-load training on the KC-135 Stratotanker. While other agencies load and transport cargo regularly, cargo-load training is crucial for boom operators to safely load and secure cargo effectively when a KC-135 is tasked for a transport mission in addition to its primary in-flight refueling role.
  • Human Performance Cell seeks mission improvement through ‘Boom Initiative’

    Team Fairchild's Human Performance Cell has created an initiative to provide inflight refueling specialists with tools to minimize strain and discomfort their bodies undergo while performing the mission. Inflight refueling specialists, commonly known as "Boom Operators," perform inflight operational checks of air refueling systems, direct receiver aircraft into air refueling position, and operate inflight controls and switches to initiate contact between tanker and receiver aircraft.
  • Domestic violence: a survivor’s story

    Trailing behind his group of friends, feelings of anxiety and fear crowded his adolescent mind with the question of what version of his father awaited him at home. It hadn’t always been unsafe or tense, but his father’s behavior had become a constant uncertainty. The loving provider who had sat at the head of the table was now condemning and destructive. This is one of the many strong memories Staff Sgt. Taylor Swartz, 22nd Training Squadron Survival Escape Resistance Evasion specialist, recalls from his domestic-violence filled family life in adolescence.
  • Flight planner keeps KC-135 mission moving ‘Forward’

    It takes more than starting engines and taking off to accomplish a flight mission. There are many processes to create a flight plan and Glen Forward, 92nd Operational Support Squadron dispatch flight planner, does just that. From working with the weather flight to the aircrew, Forward’s efforts make flying possible.
  • Road to the cage: an AF warrior's dream

    Staff Sgt. Tyler McGuire, 66th Training Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, has been preparing for more than nine years for his first Mixed Martial Arts world title match, scheduled for Nov. 17 in Indonesia.
  • To be the best, prepare for the worst

    Team Fairchild Defenders stand ready to handle any situation that comes their way, however, dangerous situations don’t occur often enough on base to familiarize every Security Forces Squadron Airman to best react to them.
  • Fairchild’s SFS, EOD heavy weapons qualification, familiarization

    Team Fairchild Airmen from the 92nd Security Forces Squadron and 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team participated in an annual weapons qualification and familiarization training at Coulee Dam, Washington, Sept. 26, 2018. Security Forces Airmen qualified with the 249AR machine gun, while the EOD team qualified with the M240B machine gun and were introduced to initial familiarization training with the Barret M107 rifle.
  • Fairchild commander connects with Airmen at all-call

    [Editor’s note: There will be a follow-up article with answers to questions submitted during the all-calls. Keep watching for updates.]Col. Derek Salmi, 92nd ARW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Lee Mills, 92nd ARW command chief, gathered Airmen together with an “all-call” meeting to discuss Airmen’s quality of life, Air Force updates and upcoming
  • Defender Challenge returns

    The automatic email notification ping broke the early morning silence. Without advanced warning of the email’s importance, it was presumed to be unurgent. The security forces airman’s inbox sat unread, to be checked after his daily duties were completed. Unpredicted, this email would later open the door to an opportunity for Senior Airman Joseph Pace, 92nd Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, to represent Air Mobility Command as a participant in the 2018 Defender Challenge, Sept. 10-13, at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
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