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  • “El Diablo” rises from history

    Adding artwork to the front of an aircraft is a long-standing tradition, stemming back to World War I. From sharp teeth to combat cartoon characters, these paintings became a morale-booster for the troops during the war. The 940th Air Refueling Wing has been bringing the tradition to life again, after being re-designated as a KC-135 Stratotanker unit in 2016. The wing uncovered its third nose art, “El Diablo,” May 5, almost one year to the date after the last reveal.
  • Reservist earns highest grade in schoolhouse history

    “School, study, sleep, repeat.” That was the life Senior Airman Brandon J. Fitch said he held himself to during his technical training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In addition to hundreds of hours in the Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program classroom, he dedicated nearly every other waking minute of his time to reading course materials. His effort was worth the sacrifice.
  • AFRC senior leaders visit Reserve Citizen Airmen

    Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, AFRC command chief, spent the weekend of July 14-16, visiting with Reserve Citizen Airmen at Beale Air Force Base, California. It was their first trip to Beale as commander and command chief, and the first AFRC
  • Academy cadets tour Beale operations

    Eleven Air Force Academy cadets flew on a KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling trainer mission June 9 as part of their Ops Air Force tour. All third-year cadets are allotted time at Air Force bases to observe and explore prospective career fields. The graduating class of 2019 was split into groups of 10 to 15 and sent to bases around the world for two
  • Development and Training Flight gets a head start

    The 940th Air Refueling Wing’s Development and Training Flight is getting a head start. Two of Beale’s NCOs, one who is a prior BMT instructor, volunteered their time with the flight April 9, at Beale Air Force Base, California.“Zero week” at basic military training is packed with roaring voices and intense instruction. It’s the time trainees are
  • Mass training prepares tankers for expedited takeoff

    The 940th Maintenance and Operations Groups participated in generation training with four KC-135 Stratotankers here Feb. 10.This was the first mass practice since the return of the refueling mission last year and served as preparation for upcoming exercises and inspections. “We have to practice to be ready,” said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel McCarthy,
  • Wing donates to local homeless families

    Fifty-one homeless families from the Marysville Joint Unified School District were invited to Breakfast with Santa Dec. 20, 2016, at Cedar Lane Elementary School in Olivehurst, California.The event provided hot breakfast, gifts, time with Santa Claus and was made possible with the help and donations from twelve businesses and organizations,
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