• First Sergeants: More Than a Position, A Calling That Requires Having a Heart as Strong as a Diamond

    The Air Force first recognized the outcry for a career field that focused on the health and well-being of Airmen and the overall unit by establishing the first sergeant position in 1961. This move was then followed by the Strategic Air Command’s 15th Air Force opening their own first sergeant school in 1967 at March Air Force Base, California. It is vital for units to have first sergeants that have their finger on the pulse of a command. By getting service members at every level the chance to be taken care of fosters an environment of open communication. This transparency allows for both junior enlisted and top leadership to succeed in their mission.
  • Marco, Laura prove Hurricane Hunters up to taskings

    The Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters had a busy week flying missions into Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and from the Charleston International Airport, S.C. Aug. 20 through today.
  • The 433rd Airlift Wing welcomes Travis aircraft during California wildfires

    In the late evening hours of Aug. 19, the Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, notified the 433rd Airlift Wing command post here that eight C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, California, would be evacuating to the airfield here as a precaution against damage from the LNU Lightning Complex fires in Northern California.
  • 403rd Wing evacuates aircraft, continues to fly Hurricane Marco, Tropical Storm Laura

    The Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing relocated its 20 aircraft today as Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura make their way toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The wing’s 815th Airlift Squadron, a tactical airlift unit, flew their C-130J Super Hercules to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, or Hurricane Hunters,
  • Fuel systems specialist multi-unit team replaces aircraft fuel cell

    Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 302nd Maintenance Squadron fuel cell shop swapped out a fuel cell from a C-130 aircraft assigned here for the first time in 25 years with the help of technicians from two different wings.
  • Preparation and coordination equals mission success for dental clinic

    The 940th Aeromedical Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, California, proved to be on their game and mission while adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the base commander, Center of Disease Control and the Department of Defense during this August’s unit training assembly.The 940 AMDS teamed up with Logistics Health Incorporated based out of
  • 908th Airlift Wing’s Unique Relationship with DoD’s only Airborne School

    The fog was starting to dissipate on Maxwell’s flightline as the crew walked along the painted yellow line to the C-130 Hercules. Their shoulders weighed down by equipment that was readied for the long journey ahead. On March 11, 2020, the pilots, flight engineers, loadmasters and a navigator of the 908th Airlift Wing’s 357th Airlift Squadron were ready to take off for Lawson Army Airfield, Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • Hurricane Hunters: navigators guide through storms

    The 403rd Wing’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, is the only Department of Defense organization that flies weather reconnaissance. In this specialized unit of Reserve Citizen Airmen, a crew is made up of a minimum of five members consisting of a pilot, copilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance
  • Total Force recruiting philosophy pays off personally for current and future Airmen

    DENTON, Texas – As Air Force Recruiting Service transitions to a Total Force recruiting model, a pair of recruiters here have been successfully practicing Total Force recruiting for years.“We have worked together since late 2016, having offices right next to each other,” said Master Sgt. Michael Hammers, an Air Force Reserve recruiter. “We have
  • Leading the Way: Dobbins navigator determined to help Air Force’s diversity efforts

    DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Maj. Kenneth Thomas, a C-130 navigator assigned to the 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, and the wing’s diversity and inclusion project manager, is working on several fronts to encourage minorities and young women to consider a career in the Air Force or Air Force Reserve.Growing up with his