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  • Cyber Reservist squeezes out confidence during JUICE

    In a deployed environment, cyber systems operators have a two-fold mission. That is, to establish and maintain secure communications systems for all personnel and conduct reconnaissance against vulnerabilities that could benefit potential adversaries. Cyber reservists from the 42nd Combat Communications Squadron tested these competencies during the
  • Dog comforts Yellow Ribbon trainees

    Last weekend's Yellow Ribbon event here was a first for Tess, a HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response working dog.An active member of a comfort dog response team, she took a break from her weekly hospital and school visits to interact with military members and their families at the Air Force Reserve training weekend. Through Hope, she provides
  • Balloon challenge provides colorful lesson for military families

    Master Sgt. Robert Davis and his wife, Angelique, know all about pressures in today's society. They proved it through juggling them while standing in front of 648 of their fellow reservists and their loved ones here July 26.The couple from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., succeeded in catching the most important balloons that symbolized life's
  • Air Force historian preserves Navy story

    Not many people get to live their dreams. Westover's wing historian, Master Sgt. Joseph Gluckert, is one of the lucky ones.He's manned the 439th Airlift Wing history office since 2006. Gluckert was recently given the opportunity to take the helm of the same role as a civilian -- at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, N.H.The move to the
  • Minneapolis Airman gets President's feet on the ground

    When the president comes to town, most attention centers on him and his itinerary. Here at the 934th Airlift Wing, presidential visits are nothing new. But to some people on base, these visits offer a unique and memorable experience.Tech. Sgt. Scott R. Tammen, 27th Aerial Port Squadron, experienced President Obama's arrival and departure during his
  • 'Keep your boots shined' means I love you

    The veterans Master Sgt. Angela Caruso-Yahne, 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, has completed five deployments, but number six is the first time she has attended a Yellow Ribbon event."From my perspective, I've had encouragement from my commander for previous deployments, to attend a Yellow Ribbon event, but
  • Reservist grows civilian career as wine importer

    Pairing a fine wine with a meal might be appealing to many palates, but importing the refined, fermented beverage is the civilian job of one Patriot Wing reservist who spends his military time surrounded by pallets of cargo.Capt. William Short, of the 439th Logistics Readiness Squadron, said transitioning from active-duty where he was responsible
  • AF Reservist loses house to tornado, dog gains wings

    Senior Airman Drew Baker and his family thought they had lost everything - including their dog -- when a killer tornado tore through the small Arkansas community of Vilonia the night of April 27. But through a minor miracle, 'Batman' survived.When you name your pet for a super hero, does it take on some characteristics of that hero? The Baker
  • Reservists raise money for Kyrgyz orphans

    Security Forces' reservists from California filled some of their free time during a recent overseas deployment by volunteering at an orphanage.The dozen or so members of the 940th Security Forces Squadron at Beale AFB were assigned to the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyz Republic. An orphanage near it receives food and shelter from the Kyrgyzstan
  • Former 970th pilot wins Boston Marathon division

    When Pat Rupel crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year, he planned on it being his last. The weather had been perfect for long-distance running with light winds and temperatures hanging in the 50s.Rupel, a recently retired lieutenant colonel with the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, finished
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