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  • Hurricane Hunter sets unit record for eyewall penetrations

    In the Air Force, the number 341 typically elicits an unpleasant memory. Like that time someone in your group of three marching at basic military training forgot to put their cover on, so you all were vehemently reprimanded by a military training instructor and had your 341 pulled.Or that time you failed to fill out all of your 341s in tech school,
  • Hurricane Hunters fly first Pacific hurricane of the year

    The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrews flew five weather reconnaissance missions into Hurricane Douglas, the first hurricane in the Pacific, July 24-27, 2020, collecting data to assist Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters.The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned to the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi,
  • Hurricane Hunters conduct deployment for training

    The Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron deployed to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 15 to 19 to fly training missions over the Caribbean in preparation for the 2020 hurricane season. The Hurricane Hunters are Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 403rd Wing based at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and are the only Department of
  • 40 years of service to country: Chief Master Sgt. Donald Tarrance

    Air Force Reserve Chief Master Sgt. Donald Tarrance, 327th Airlift Squadron superintendent, retired June 5, 2020, after his final flying mission. Tarrance’s career comes to a close with over 9,450 flying hours in the C-9A, C-130E/H/J model aircraft. A unique chapter in his career considering he started his career in 1980 as part of the 20th Special Force Group, Airborne, as an operations analyst in the Army National Guard, Alabama.
  • Enlisted aircrew paramount to C-130 Hercules flight testing

    Not many people know that a small contingent of experienced enlisted C-130 aircrew reside at Hill Air Force Base. They are charged with the depot support flights of Air Force overflow, and Navy and Marine Corps aircraft.
  • Reserve Citizen Airmen hunt

    This specialized unit of Reserve Citizen Airmen is made up of a five-person crew consisting of a pilot, co-pilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance weather officer, and loadmaster who is also the dropsonde operator.
  • Travis AFB poised to deliver after Hurricane Michael

    Within hours of Hurricane Michael’s landfall on the Florida Panhandle, a Travis Air Force Base, California, C-17 Globemaster III, with a crew from the 21st Airlift Squadron and the 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, took off to support civil authorities in humanitarian relief operations.
  • 315th AW family mourns loss of veteran loadmaster

    The 315th Airlift Wing received news late last week that one of its members, Senior Master Sgt. George Counts Jr., died in a car crash along with his wife and father. On the evening of Feb. 3 in Barnwell County, South Carolina, Counts’ vehicle was struck head on by another vehicle killing him, his wife Cynthia Counts, and father George Michael Counts, Sr. George Counts, Jr. was chief loadmaster with the 317th Airlift Squadron.
  • Transatlantic flight provides focused training

    Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing conducted a multifaceted training mission by way of a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina to Ramstein Air Base, Germany this weekend.The mission focused on several objectives, which maintained the pilot’s qualifications in flying, the loadmaster’s proficiency in job tasks and the
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