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  • A homecoming of sorts for 87th APS Airman

    A reservist assigned to the 445th Airlift Wing's 87th Aerial Port Squadron had a homecoming of sorts when he performed his annual tour at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in June, the same location his father was assigned before his sudden death in 2007.Senior Airman Kevin Shaffer, an air transportation technician, was part of a group of Airmen from
  • 87th APS takes over Joint Base Andrews port ops

    The 87th Aerial Port Squadron, part of the 445th Airlift Wing, deployed 37 Airmen to Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 6 to 17, to take over port operations.While in Maryland, the reservists were responsible for running the air terminal operations center, cargo processing, ramp, fleet, passenger services, passport processing and administrative duties.
  • Guten Tag in Germany: 445th LRS works in real-world mission

    Being in a different country can be a new and exciting experience, full of adventure and lots of fun. For Air Force Reservists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, traveling across the Atlantic Ocean brings opportunities to explore a new culture and mission operation.More than 65 members of the 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron spent their
  • Three of a kind: Airmen share career track

    Three Airmen assigned to the 445th Airlift Wing's 87th Aerial Port Squadron have more in common than being assigned to the same unit. They also have almost identical military backgrounds and all work for the same civilian employer. Tech. Sgts. Roger Dils and Mike Maurer, and Senior Airman Matt Overacker all started their military careers with the
  • First shirt tracks fraud as civilian investigator

    He's a first shirt by weekend; a civilian fraud investigator by weekday.Master Sgt. John Koehl, 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron first sergeant, works as a special agent for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. While the bureau investigates everything from crooked doctors to employers not paying benefits, Sergeant Koehl and his team focus on
  • Losing It: How one young woman shed more than 120 pounds to join the Air Force Reserve

    She hated looking at herself in the mirror.While many complimented her sweet nature and beautiful smile, Santana Austin didn't feel pretty. As a child, she'd always struggled with her weight, but by the time she was 17, she was wearing a size 24 pants. Slowed down by the extra weight she carried on her frame, she could barely keep up with other
  • Seminar to aid Airmen professionalism, careers

    The 445th Airlift Wing is hosting a total force professional development seminar Nov. 8-9, coined as S.O.A.R. 2010. The seminar is open to all Reserve, active duty, Guard, sister service and civilian members.There is a $55, non-refundable landing fee, which pays for two breakfasts, two lunches, snacks throughout the two days of the conference and
  • ALO shares memory of United 93 co-pilot

    On the day of remembrance that is Sept. 11, certain memories are etched into the American psyche. But others are uniquely personal.One of the latter recurs profoundly in the mind of Air Force Academy grad Paul Adams, now a pilot for Southwest Airlines and Academy Liaison Officer. The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, an Academy classmate of Adams', LeRoy
  • Are you helping the enemy - social media in today's war

    I know, I know, we hear it all the time; OPSEC, watch what you say, watch what you do, but with the current trend of putting your business "out there," do we really stop and think about the pictures and information we post on social networking sites? The short answer is no.According to an Air Force social media use survey, 69 percent of Airmen use
  • DOD leaders urge survey participation

    Noting the importance of getting the opinions of those who would be most affected by a possible repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is urging service men and women to provide their input.About 200,000 active component and 200,000