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Master Sgt. Joe Simpson, 940th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, and Col. Stephanie W. Williams, 940th Air Refueling Wing commander, uncover the “El Diablo” nose art on a KC-135 Stratotanker May 5 at Beale Air Force Base, California. “El Diablo” rises from history
Adding artwork to the front of an aircraft is a long-standing tradition, stemming back to World War I. From sharp teeth to combat cartoon characters, these paintings became a morale-booster for the troops during the war. The 940th Air Refueling Wing has been bringing the tradition to life again, after being re-designated as a KC-135 Stratotanker unit in 2016. The wing uncovered its third nose art, “El Diablo,” May 5, almost one year to the date after the last reveal.
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2018
Senior Airman Brandon J. Fitch, 940th AMDS aerospace medical technician, stands in front of an ambulance March 4 at Beale Air Force Base, California. Reservist earns highest grade in schoolhouse history
“School, study, sleep, repeat.” That was the life Senior Airman Brandon J. Fitch said he held himself to during his technical training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In addition to hundreds of hours in the Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program classroom, he dedicated nearly every other waking minute of his time to reading course materials. His effort was worth the sacrifice.
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2018
Reservists talk with Air Force Reserve senior leaders July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, AFRC command chief, visited reservists at Beale during their July unit training assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) AFRC senior leaders visit Reserve Citizen Airmen
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, AFRC command chief, spent the weekend of July 14-16, visiting with Reserve Citizen Airmen at Beale Air Force Base, California. It was their first trip to Beale as commander and command chief, and the first AFRC
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2017
Two cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy observe Senior Master Sgt. Jim Martin, 314th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, as he prepares for a refueling trainer mission June 9, 2017. Cadets were given an incentive flight to learn more about the operational Air Force as part of their Ops Air Force tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) Academy cadets tour Beale operations
Eleven Air Force Academy cadets flew on a KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling trainer mission June 9 as part of their Ops Air Force tour. All third-year cadets are allotted time at Air Force bases to observe and explore prospective career fields. The graduating class of 2019 was split into groups of 10 to 15 and sent to bases around the world for two
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2017
Tech. Sgt. Marc Gayden, Beale Honor Guard team lead, speaks with the 940th Air Refueling Wing’s Development and Training Flight during Airman’s time April 9, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Gayden spoke to the flight about commitment and how to be effective in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) Development and Training Flight gets a head start
The 940th Air Refueling Wing’s Development and Training Flight is getting a head start. Two of Beale’s NCOs, one who is a prior BMT instructor, volunteered their time with the flight April 9, at Beale Air Force Base, California.“Zero week” at basic military training is packed with roaring voices and intense instruction. It’s the time trainees are
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2017
Airmen assigned to the 940th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work on the tail of the KC-135 Stratotanker Feb. 10, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Around 150 Airmen were involved in a mass practice, preparing four KC-135 Stratotankers for expedited takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) Mass training prepares tankers for expedited takeoff
The 940th Maintenance and Operations Groups participated in generation training with four KC-135 Stratotankers here Feb. 10.This was the first mass practice since the return of the refueling mission last year and served as preparation for upcoming exercises and inspections. “We have to practice to be ready,” said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel McCarthy,
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2017
A young girl is given a present after meeting Santa Claus Dec. 20, 2016, at Cedar Lane Elementary School in Olivehurst, California. Marysville Joint Unified School District’s homeless students and their families received food and gifts, donated by twelve organizations and businesses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) Wing donates to local homeless families
Fifty-one homeless families from the Marysville Joint Unified School District were invited to Breakfast with Santa Dec. 20, 2016, at Cedar Lane Elementary School in Olivehurst, California.The event provided hot breakfast, gifts, time with Santa Claus and was made possible with the help and donations from twelve businesses and organizations,
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2016
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