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  • 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
  • Fairchild Airmen in Manas Air Base Outreach Society

    Airmen deployed from Fairchild provide a helping hand to the local community through the Manas Air Base Outreach Society. Airman 1st Class Ashley Phillips and her husband, Airman 1st Class Mark Phillips, both from the 92nd Security Forces Squadron, found a way to be ambassadors for the Air Force while deployed to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing at
  • Rotary pilot in a jet world

    Flying fifty feet above the ground in a helicopter is a terrifying experience for some, but for Lt. Col. Brian Bell, 36th Rescue Flight commander, it is just another character-building experience that makes him the officer he is today. Colonel Bell has 70 hours of combat flying time through two tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq, including
  • Airman makes the best of living in dorms

    Life in the dorms is something many Airmen experience. Some experiences are great. Others are not. And there are those who do not mind either way. Some Airmen search for entertaining activities, while others wait for something to come knocking on their door. Two months ago, Airman 1st Class Heather Jenkins, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron, arrived
  • Airman's Creed from a first sergeant's point of view

    In April, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, presented a new version of the Airman's Creed. No longer would there be multiple creeds for each rank tier. There will be one creed that encompasses all, from Airmen in basic training to the highest-ranking officer with more than 20 years of service. "I think the one creed is a
  • Pharmacy volunteer keeps Air Force, Fairchild history alive

    Those tall aspen on the road leading to the Fairchild hospital ... Remember when those were planted? And all the other trees behind the housing area ... Remember when those were just short, tiny wisps? If not, don't worry - you're in good company. As with most people at military bases around the world, the majority of us are only here for a short
  • 509th welcomes teenage boy for ‘Pilot for a Day’ event

    It isn't every day that a 13-year-old boy gets to pilot a KC-135 to Hawaii. Through the 509th Weapons Squadron's Pilot for a Day program, Dylan Nickerson was able to do just that. Coordination between the 509th WPS and the Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, a chapter of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation that aids young cancer
  • 141st ARW hosts Pilot for a Day event

    Pilot for a Day is one of the most inspirational events the 141st Air Refueling Wing hosts. The program is designed for critically ill and disabled children to get away from hospital and doctor visits, givng the children a positive and lasting experience with the Air National Guard. April 18 marked the fifth Pilot for a Day event for the unit.
  • Alcohol abuse can create, deepen depression

    More than 90 percent of people, youth and adult, who commit or attempt suicide share some common risk factors. The first preventable common risk factor is depression or other mental disorders. The other, also curable and preventable, is substance-abuse disorder, including alcohol. Alcohol, a depressant, does nothing to help those who are already
  • Wingman concept in action helps family in need

    Almost six months ago Master Sgt. Constance Wetzel, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, wing inspections superintendent, had much on her mind as she was preparing to retire from a 22-year career in the Air Force, seven of which she spent at Fairchild in her current occupation. On Nov. 30, the mother of two, 17-year old, Timothy, and 13-year-old, Sara,
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