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  • Special dual-retirement ceremony for 445th AW husband, wife

    When an Airman falls in love with the Air Force, he or she makes a life-long matrimony of commitment to serve - for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do them part. But when two Airmen who have the same job, the same rank, and same career field decide to retire at the same time, one could say it is a 'match made in
  • Music a calling for communications flight reservist

    If you attended the Tenth Annual Dayton Celtic Festival in July, you may have seen a familiar face on stage sporting a kilt. That's because Master Sgt. Timothy Back, 445th Communications Flight Chief of Information Systems, was performing with his band, Rocky Creek.Rocky Creek is a four-piece band based in the greater Dayton, Ohio, area. Formed in
  • Off to a running start: 445th Airman, family run in AF Marathon

    Running may seem like just another fitness requirement for Airmen who are taking their physical fitness test. But for those who have remained faithful, striding through their struggles, they know what it feels like to savor the taste of sweet victory for the finish line.Fifteen years ago, Col. Linda Stokes-Crowe, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation
  • 445th maintainers give C-17 a bath

    Like other aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster III gets dirty and has to take a bath. Keeping these aircraft clean is not only important for its appearance but it's an important part of its overall aircraft maintenance. The 445th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has the equipment and manpower to clean the 174 foot C-17 at home station, unlike the massive
  • 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