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  • Packing equipment nobody wants to have to use

    Before hitting the runway, every Air Force aircraft is strategically stocked with inflatable rafts, night vision goggles, parachutes, oxygen systems, flotation devices and more. The AFE Airmen, part of the 445th Operations Support Squadron, maintain the safety and emergency equipment for aircrew and passengers departing from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
  • Meet 4th AF's command chief: CMSgt Cynthia Villa

    Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa is Command Chief, Fourth Air Force, headquartered at March Air Reserve Base, California. As the senior enlisted leader, she is the Fourth Air Force commander’s primary adviser regarding the welfare, morale, operational readiness, and discipline of the enlisted force. Fourth Air Force has command supervision over the Reserve’s long-range airlift and air refueling units located throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Guam; providing leadership, management and oversight to 18 flying wings, and one regional support group; with responsibilities encompassing 300 units and more than 35,000 personnel.
  • Oklahoma City bombing: 24 years later

    Air National Guard colonel pays homage to the victims of the April 19, 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City and relates the effects of this terrorist event to the need for Guardsmen to be ready at a moment's notice.
  • Mental health assessment key to readiness

    Each year, Airmen are required to complete a PHA (physician’s health assessment) to maintain readiness. Depending on the career field, service members are either required an in-person PHA with a doctor or to complete a PHAQ online questionnaire that will be reviewed by medical personnel. The questionnaire seeks to determine the presence of external factors, lifestyle choices or stressors that could lead to potential health problems.
  • Safety first: maintaining OPSEC in the age of social media

    The presence of social media is a constant in many areas of daily life. From the trendy to the controversial, almost anything can be found online and passed around networking sites publicly and permanently.
  • Recruiting makes March Madness media blitz

    AFRC was the title sponsor for the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and Mountain West basketball tournaments, located in Memphis, Frisco, Texas, and Las Vegas, respectively. The diverse locations and the fact that these tournaments featured teams from across the United States – from California to Florida to Connecticut, helped AFRC recruit throughout the country.
  • Don’t let stigma prevent you from getting help

    Suicide is a three-syllable word that brings on a myriad of emotions: grief, anger, sadness, fear and depression. These emotions may be felt by the survivors of a suicide loss. What you don’t see in the above emotions is the negative emotions of survivors that surface simply because of the stigma that is anchored to suicide.
  • Virtual battlefield: COMM key to wing effectiveness

    At the 445th Airlift Wing, there are Airmen who work around the clock to maintain the integrity and security of our internal communications systems while providing us with the means to achieve our mission objectives.
  • AMC command chief shares personal path to conquering life’s steepest mountains

    Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene walked toward his office desk, which blocked the corner of a third-story window overlooking Scott Air Force Base. As he moved, he waved his hands and talked about his plans to rearrange his new office at Air Mobility Command.
  • Snapshots of service

    Smart, charismatic, caring, resilient, fun and friendly are some of the words used to describe the late Senior Airman Nichole Ball, former member of the 87th Aerial Port Squadron, whose impact still ripples through the squadron’s culture.
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