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  • War or the Cage

    The day’s pent-up energy reaches a climax, his lime green “autistic kids rock!” t-shirt stands out in the bustling room, a clear sign that Tyler McGuire has entered the cage. Standing across from him is his opponent whose goal is to take him down.The crowd buzzes with excitement as Staff Sgt. Tyler McGuire, 66th Training Squadron operations NCO in
  • Taking a step outside of their AFSC: Career Assistance Advisor

    Whether arriving at their first duty station or nearing the end of their first enlistment, Airmen are required to receive face-to-face training with some of their base’s leading experts on all things Air Force. These experts meet in forums such as Informed Decision Briefings, First Term Airman Center courses, NCO and senior NCO Professional Enhancement Seminars and various professional development courses that prepare and develop Airmen, young and old, about how to face everyday challenges.
  • AF retiree incorporates love of coffee with mentoring Airmen

    Larry Bowman, an Air Force retiree, owns and operates The Coffee Corner, a small coffee shop in the 92nd Medical Group that powers Airmen, civilians and retirees through their days.
  • Taking a step outside of their AFSC: Airman Dorm Leader

    Arriving at their first duty station can be nerve racking, stressful and hectic for many first-term Airmen. As checklists to in-process pile up, acronyms start to fly and reality sets in, new Airmen can feel lost and overwhelmed. For the 428 Airmen living in the Fairchild dormitories, the four-man Unaccompanied Housing Management team is working diligently to provide them with the best possible home away from home.
  • Cyber security vital to base operation

    While securing information is important for everyone, it is even of greater importance to Airmen and military dependents who have potential access to sensitive information that could be harmful were it to fall into the wrong hands.
  • Korean War vet takes a trip down memory lane

    “There was a war to fight, and if the young people weren’t going to fight in it, who was?” George Prentiss a Korean War and Air Force veteran, spoke these very words when talking about the time he decided to join the air force in 1950. Prentiss worked in a mail room and as a soda jerk in Boston before serving in the Air Force. Motivated by the war, he persuaded his father to let him enlist in October 1950, a few months before he turned 18. He was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base for four years as a B-36 Peacemaker piston engine mechanic, but separated when the Air Force began transitioning to jet engine-powered aircraft.
  • Through the smoke

    Ash fills the air of southwest Oregon, producing clouds that reach up to 16,000 feet overhead. To the naked eye, it is an opaque mass hiding any view of the burning ground below; to the crew of the RC-26, everything is visible.
  • Serving others through SERE

    Born in Dayton, Ohio, Elizabeth “Liz” Russell was used to not staying in the same location for very long. Her father was a salesman for the government, selling transducers for spacesuits and submarines.
  • Airman loses father, gains Air Force family

    A five year old asks his mom to see his dad. “Later,” his mom replied. Hours later, police officers show up on their doorsteps to deliver some bad news: his dad had died.
  • One table to remember all

    Within every military dining facility, during every military event and where veterans can be found walking the halls, one can often find a table with a single place setting.