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The Air Force Reserve's 403rd Maintenance Squadron Isochronal Inspection Dock at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, received new maintenance platforms, commonly referred to as “stands,” April 14, 2016.The previous stands became outdated, not meeting fall protection limits, and they were not configured all the way around the aircraft. The new stands are placed completely around the aircraft to include the nose and tail sections, provide more working area and access to power and lighting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) New maintenance stands cut C-130J inspection times
Maintaining the C-130J Super Hercules fleet here became a more efficient process for the 403rd Maintenance Squadron Isochronal Inspection Dock.The ISO Dock received new maintenance stands April 14.The first aircraft to undergo an inspection using the new stands is enabling maintainers to test out their new equipment, said Master Sgt. Steven Dahl,
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Jon Bryant “JB” Orso poses for a photo while touring the Keesler Fire Department during the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day event April 26, 2016, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Orso, who served as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant, is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pilot for a Day is a community outreach program for children with a chronic or life-threatening disease or illness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) 403rd Wing hosts first Pilot for a Day
Jon Bryant “JB” Orso poses for a photo while touring the Keesler Fire Department during the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day event April 26, 2016, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Orso, who served as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant, is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pilot for a Day is a
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Jon Bryant “JB” Orso of the Mobile, Alabama, area became the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 26, 2016. The purpose of the Pilot for a Day program is to reach out to the community by providing activities to children who live with a chronic or life-threatening disease or illness. Orso is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Boy becomes first 403rd Wing Pilot for a Day
Nine-year-old Jon Bryant “JB” Orso of the Mobile, Alabama, area became the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day today. Orso, who was sworn in as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant this morning, is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the U.S.A. Children's and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. The
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Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Italian Folgore Brigade and U.K.’s 16th Air Assault Brigade conduct airborne operations on the Maneuver Rights Area near Hohenfels, Germany during exercise Saber Junction 16, April 12, 2016.The Air Force Reserve's 815th Airlift Squadron, based at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, participated in the exercise, which assessed the readiness of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade to conduct land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating Allied and partner nations. Countries participating in the exercise include Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. (U.S. Army photo/Gertrud Zach) Flying Jennies participate in U.S. Army exercise Saber Junction 16
The Air Force Reserve’s 815th Airlift Squadron returned April 20 from Aviano Air Base, Italy, after participating in the U.S. Army Europe’s Saber Junction 16 exercise since April 5.Saber Junction is the Army’s annual combat training center certification exercise to evaluate the readiness of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.The exercise, which included
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The Air Force Reserve's 815th Airlift Squadron, based at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, teamed up with the U.S. Navy "Leap Frog" Parachute Team April 8-18, 2016. The squadron airdropped the team as part of several high-profile events, to include the Philadelphia Philles home opening game April 11, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo) Flying Jennies haul Leap Frogs to Phillies home opener
An 815th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules aircrew spent April 8-18 assisting the U.S. Navy Parachute Team with some high-profile events to include airdropping the team over Citizens Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies home opener April 11.While it was a 4-3 Phillies loss to San Diego, it was a win for the 815th AS aircrew who honed their
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Master Sgt. Katherine Wheelock, 403rd Maintenance Group engine manager, conducts an inventory verifying the serial number on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft propeller Feb. 5, 2016, at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Wheelock joined the Air Force in 1979, got out in 1986, and joined the Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing in 1996 and became an Air Reserve Technician in 1998. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Women's History Month: Maintainer reflects on service
In 1979, Margaret Thatcher was elected as the United Kingdom's prime minister and 63 Americans were taken hostage in the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran. It was the year Michael Jackson released his first solo album "Off the Wall," ESPN launched on cable television, a Sony Walkman cost $200, and a gallon of gas cost $0.86.This is also the year
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Tech. Sgt. Karen Moore and Chief Master Sgt. Rick Cumbo, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron loadmasters, analyze weather data being relayed to the aircraft by a dropsonde, a parachute-borne cylindrical instrument that collects meteorological data as it drops toward the surface of the water. The Hurricane Hunters flew several research missions Feb. 11-24, 2016, to collect meteorological data from atmospheric rivers above the Pacific to assist in improving West Coast weather forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Kimberly Spusta) Hurricane Hunters fly research missions into atmospheric rivers
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters spent Feb. 11-24 flying through "atmospheric rivers" in the Pacific Ocean stretching from Hawaii to the U.S. West Coast in efforts to improve storm predictions.The squadron teamed up with NOAA, National Weather Service, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and California, Oregon and
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Col. David Condit, 403rd Operations Group commander, passes the 815th Airlift Squadron guide on to Lt. Col. Stuart Rubio, 815th AS commander, during a change of command ceremony January 30, 2016, at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Rubio took command of the 815th AS during the ceremony, which was held in the 815th AS building. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens) 'Flying Jennies' rebuilding at Keesler
Lt. Col. Stuart Rubio assumed command of the Air Force Reserve's 815th Airlift Squadron "Flying Jennies" from Lt. Col. Shannon Hailes Saturday.As part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, the Air Force announced plans to transfer 10 of the 403rd Wing's C-130J aircraft. A 2015 report from the Secretary of the Air Force reversed that
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A 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Hercules, based at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., flies above the record-setting blizzard the morning of Jan. 23, 2016. The crew gathered data on the storm for the National Weather Service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Monteleone) Hurricane Hunters gather forecast data on record-breaking blizzard
The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew a different kind of mission from Keesler Air Force Base Friday to gather data on the blizzard that hit the Eastern Seaboard.The blizzard began dropping snow on the area early Friday, and was a record-setter for three cities, leaving 29.2 inches in Baltimore, 31.9 inches in
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Air Force reservists with the 403rd Wing, based at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, load an 815th Airlift Squadron C-130J with equipment as part of the “Roll Up” Jan. 10-17, 2016 at the Henry Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The airport is the forward operating base for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian J. Lamar)
Hurricane Hunters close out 2015 season
The Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters" closed out the year with a week of packing, loading and shipping equipment back to Keesler Air Force Base from their forward operating base at the Henry Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.According to Lt. Col. Erik Olson, the mission commander for the
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