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  • Increased Antarctic airlift capability contributes to science

    Over the past 60 years, winter flying missions have provided a significant contribution to how the National Science Foundation conducts scientific research in Antarctica.The C-17 Globemaster III 2016-2017 season recently wrapped-up, and the night vision goggle capability paired with mid-Austral winter flying continued to be a game changing airlift
  • Tinker Reservists return from fueling the fight

    More than 90 Citizen Airmen and four KC-135R Stratotankers from the 507th Air Refueling Wing here returned home Feb. 17 and 19 after supporting deployed air operations against the Islamic State group at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The Reservists provided air refueling support to U.S. and coalition forces operating in U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility for Operation Inherent Resolve from Dec. 13, 2016, to Feb. 16.
  • Tinker Citizen Airmen Deploy to Turkey

    Ninety-Four Citizen Airmen from the 507th Air Refueling Wing here departed for a deployment to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey to support Operation Inherent Resolve with KC-135R Stratotanker air refueling support. The group of Reserve Airmen, made up of a mix of operations group and maintenance group professionals is one of the largest groups to leave
  • Hurricane Hunters deploy to Hawaii to track Darby

    Aircrews and maintenance personnel with the Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunters” assigned to the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi are on their way to Lihue Airport, Kauai, Hawaii to fly data-gathering missions into Tropical Storm Darby. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, or “Hurricane Hunters,” are scheduled to fly the
  • Okies refuel a RAF CF-18 during RIMPAC 2016

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (July 11, 2016) Lt. Col. Ken Humphrey, a pilot with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., turns a KC-135 while on approach to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, in support of Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise. Humphrey and his crew fly and operate KC-135s out of the 507th Air Refueling Wing at
  • Chief meteorologist legacy to hurricane hunting

      Seated at his station, he dutifully continues his work collecting and double checking data despite the shaking, sometimes violently, of everything around him. Then suddenly, there’s a calm. The engines are still humming along, but the shaking has stopped. He looks out of the window, down to the surface of the ocean. He is now inside the eye of
  • Chief recalls Khobar Towers bombing 20 years later

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which occurred June 25, 1996. For one 403rd Wing member, that day proved to be a vivid and marked experience.Chief Master Sgt. Josephine Keller, 403rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron chief enlisted manager, was a senior airman at the time who had been
  • Hurricane Hunters fly Bonnie, prepare to investigate storm in Caribbean Sea

    Hurricane season started early for the U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters who began flying storm missions May 27, five days before the official start of the season June 1.   The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned to the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, flew five missions into Bonnie, which started out as Invest 91L
  • Hurricane Hunters, NOAA promote hurricane preparedness

    Hurricane season starts June 1 and to promote preparedness an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrew with their WC-130J Super Hercules and a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane experts visited five Gulf Coast cities as part of this year’s Hurricane Awareness Tour May 16-20. The Hurricane Awareness Tour, or HAT,
  • Hurricane Hunters, NOAA embark on Gulf Coast awareness tour

    The U.S. Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron will participate in NOAA's Gulf Coast Awareness Tour May 16-20.   As part of its efforts to build a Weather-Ready Nation, NOAA’s hurricane experts will tour five U.S. Gulf coastal cities to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. The tour
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