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  • Reservist returns home to share his skills

    Chief Master Sgt. James Riley was 4 years old, sitting at the dinner table in his Chicago home, when he first heard the word "Thailand."His father had just received a U.S. government job offer at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in central Thailand and was asking the members of his family if they wanted to go. "I had no idea where Thailand was, but
  • Boxing burns a body good

    The idea of getting in a 24 ft. by 24 ft. boxing ring may prove daunting too most, but not to Staff Sgt. Joshua Hinton, Air Reserve Personnel Center's Directorate of Communications and Information knowledge operations manager.The Miguel Cotto fan had always been curious about the sport. The extra spark of inspiration came two months ago from
  • Deployed Reserve unit sets benchmark for airlift

    With more than 1,300 sorties flown, around 13.2 million pounds of cargo delivered, more than 500 medical evacuees escorted and roughly 23,000 passengers transported across the AOR, the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed more than 2,700 flight hours and has set a new benchmark for future airlift squadrons stationed in Southwest Asia.Lt.
  • Airman answers higher calling

    What would prompt a 16-year enlisted Airman to get out of the Regular Air Force unexpectedly? For one 512th Airlift Wing reservist, it was a calling from God.Chaplain (1st Lt.) Kim Willis began her military career in supply and later as a mental health technician. Her life-altering moment happened when she was serving at an Army installation in
  • Military families open hearts, homes to foster children

    The 442nd Fighter Wing is all about family. Not only do these reservists respect and honor each other, but also they have supported each other's families and the surrounding communities for years. A few members of the 442nd Fighter Wing have responded to a calling within those communities that few have the courage to do. These Citizen Airmen are
  • Nurse serves two worlds in Guam

    She promised her grandmother she would become a nurse. "My grandmother always wanted to go into nursing," said Capt. Betty Ann Buentipo, a reservist with the 724th Aeromedical Staging Flight at Andersen AFB. Grandmother had wanted to become a nurse but didn't have the money to pursue her dream. Betty Ann was the only other family member interested
  • Film 'chute' challenges skydiver to stay focused

    Skydivers are often asked, "Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good aircraft?" With 1,363 jumps under his belt, Staff Sgt. Victor Myrick, a reservist in Keesler's 41st Aerial Port Squadron, can give a motive behind the thrill he gets with each skydiving experience. "I love the feeling of being in a free fall," said Sergeant Myrick. "When you
  • Reservists show dignity, honor, respect at port mortuary

    Dignity, honor and respect are more than words for two reservists working at Dover AFB. It's a motto that Staff Sgts. Tracey Taylor and Christine Devera of the 512th Memorial Affairs Squadron live every day at the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs, the military's only state side mortuary. "These servicemembers gave their life to protect
  • Reservist leads double life as pilot, lawyer

    A recent magazine poll asked parents what professions they would like to see their children undertake when they reach adulthood. The top three jobs selected were doctor, lawyer and pilot. If this is true, Maj. Steve Bruce, a 315th Airlift Wing C-17 pilot here, should have happy parents because he can claim two of the top three jobs. He recently
  • Aeromedical training benefits refuelers

    Staff Sgt. Kenny Stewart said let there be light, and there was none. And it wasn't so good. "I thought the bulb was out," he said, halfway through an aeromedical evacuation training (commonly called "AE" training) mission here. The day prior, Sergeant Stewart, a boom operator assigned to the 931st Air Refueling Group, was up in the air on a KC-135
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