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  • MAFFS: Colorado reservists activated to support fire suppression efforts in Western U.S.

    Air Force reservists and one Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 302nd Airlift Wing deployed to California, Aug. 8. The Reserve Citizen Airmen join the Department of Defense MAFFS Air Expeditionary Group, replacing one of the four currently activated DoD MAFFS-equipped C-130s and aircrews conducting fire
  • Weekend-duty: Total Force Integration more than a buzz phrase at Offutt

    Innovation, which increases readiness, reduces costs, returns time back to Airmen and increases lethality, doesn’t have to involve software upgrades, new weapon systems or a rewrite of a regulation. Members of Team Offutt recently proved this when, for the first time, a RC-135V/W Rivet Joint flew a weekend training sortie with a flight and mission crew made up almost exclusively of Airmen from the reserve components Aug. 5, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
  • Galaxy wraps upgrades to become C-5M Super Galaxy

    The first flight of the Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy Transport aircraft took place on June 30, 1968, with an audience which included President Lyndon Johnson. It’s now 50 years later, and the Super Galaxy is still going strong.Today, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin have finished upgrades in Marietta, Georgia, to the final aircraft under the C-5
  • Everyday Valor

    Master Sgt. Dennis Varnado doesn’t want to be defined as a hero.“If I want to be known for anything, it’s that I always do a job right and I try to treat people well,” said Varnado, a flight chief assigned to the 307th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here.That being said, the title of hero may be hard for Varnado to avoid. In the past few months, he
  • A Pilot’s Journey

    Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs presents A Pilot’s Journey, starring Maj. Jessica Hodson, written and produced by Maj. Christopher “Hercules” Vasquez.Hodson is a KC-10 Extender pilot from the Air Force Reserve’s 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California who exemplifies our Citizen Airmen. As she juggles the demands of a
  • Active to Reserve: Commander goes from retired to rehired

    The commander of the Air Force Reserve’s 815th Airlift Squadron “Flying Jennies” retired with 20 years of service from the U.S. Air Force in a ceremony at the Roberts Consolidated Maintenance Facility July 28, 2018. Lt. Col. Stuart M. Rubio, an active-duty C-130 pilot who has been commander of the Flying Jennies since January 2016, will continue to
  • Air Force Reserve team up to save suicidal man atop Mount Hood

    A team of five Reserve Citizen pararescue Airmen partnered with the Oregon Army National Guard on a successful rescue of a climber who called for help atop Mount Hood in the midst of a suicide attempt July 13.Due to the 11,000-foot altitude, the rescue was performed by an ANG Chinook helicopter crew landing its two rear wheels on the mountain while
  • The right person in the right place

    Chief Master Sgt. Shelley Cohen was having a great day. Driving back to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 24, 2018 from a First Sergeant team-building exercise in Florida, the command chief for the 307th Bomb Wing was thinking about all the great work accomplished there and how it could impact the future of the unit. All seemed well in her
  • Reserve maintainer perseveres with music, art career

    From a church pulpit to a stage bar, this former preacher walks into the spotlight. As his fingers dance on the guitar strings, his voice sings tales of pain, perseverance and his journey to exuberance. As if in a trance, the audience hangs on to this every word, and in those moments, this native Alabama Airman is able to live out his dream.
  • Reserve Citizen Airmen support successful SpaceX rocket launch

    Reserve Citizen Airmen get the job done every day, whether it’s on the ground, in the air, at sea, or in this case—in space.On July 22 SpaceX, a commercial leader in aerospace, successfully launched the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.By launching this rocket, it provided an
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