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  • Hurricane Hunters reflect on 2019 Hurricane season

    Andrea, Barry, Dorian, Fernand, Humberto, Jerry, Karen, Lorena, Nestor and Olga. At first glance one may think this is a list popular baby names for the year, but they’re the names of nine storms the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew into during this year’s hurricane season. The 2019 hurricane season officially ended Nov. 30, and was an
  • Reserve Citizen Airman reaches 10,000 flight hours

    Chief Master Sgt. Terry Studstill, 700th Airlift Squadron flight engineer superintendent, completed 10,000 flight hours this past weekend on a C-130H3 Hercules bound for Key West, Florida.
  • MacDill supports joint force exercise

    For around a week, the skies over MacDill Air Force Base, Florida buzzed with the sounds of HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters, as the base hosted a Joint Force deployment readiness exercise.
  • Reserve Team pulls off a trifecta at Global Strike Competition

    Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 343rd Bomb Squadron took three of four bomber awards during this year's Global Strike Competition.
  • New 403rd Wing Chaplain

    Before Maj. Bitrus Cobongs became the new 403rd Wing Chaplain, he was a young student from Nigeria attending the Dallas Theological Seminary. His ambition had been to return to Africa to teach, but the events of Sept.11, 2001 led him to join the U.S. military. “That’s how the chaplaincy came to me,” Cobongs said. “I knew violence in Nigeria
  • Raincross Aircrew Excellence Award won by 315 Airlift Wing

    A Charleston C-17 Globemaster III aircrew won the 4th Air Force Aircrew Excellence Award, Nov. 19, for actions during a mission from Panama to the country of Curacao, located in the Lesser Antilles, earlier in the year. The award recognized the contributions of aircrew members, under the call sign REACH 111, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Smith, 315th Operations Group pilot, Lt. Col. Ryan Fleming, 300th Airlift Squadron pilot, Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Fugle, 701 AS loadmaster, Master Sgt. Candido Higuera, 701 AS loadmaster, Staff Sgt. Bryan Kelsey, 315th Contingency Response Flight loadmaster, Senior Airman Preston Kovarsky, 701 AS loadmaster and Staff Sgt. Lauren May, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
  • NOAA, NHC visit 53rd WRS Hurricane Hunters

    From the outside looking in, hurricane forecasts seem fairly simplistic. On any given local weather station, they show either a spaghetti model or a more conical shaped model predicting a storm’s path and intensity. There might be a high or low pressure system animated into the graphic as well indicating why meteorologists suspect the projected
  • Three of four brothers in Reserve wing deploy to Middle East

    Three brothers, all members of the 419th Fighter Wing, deployed together.Tech. Sgt. Andrew Potter, Staff Sgt. David Potter, and Staff Sgt. Samuel Potter are reservists in the wing’s 67th Aerial Port Squadron. The brothers were called to serve in the Middle East at the same time, and all three deployed last month.A fourth brother, Staff Sgt. Timothy
  • Florida Reserve Citizen Airmen join search for Airman in Gulf

    Search and Rescue Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing departed the base at approximately noon today to join the search for a missing Special Tactics Airman in the Gulf of Mexico. The Airman is from the 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida.
  • Reserve Citizen Airman from 16 IS prevents suicide attempt, saves young life

    The morning skies were sunny and clear Saturday, October 6, 2019, as 655th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing, 16th Intelligence Squadron, program manager Staff Sgt. Caldwell (first name withheld) was on his way to the monthly unit training assembly.
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