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  • 386 AEW Airman proud to push pallets

    "I push pallets on planes," he mumbled through lips on a head hung low. Add shuffling feet and hunched shoulders and one would think this was a first date introduction gone wrong. Gone wrong, yes. First date, no. Bradley Hayes was an active-duty Airman working on Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles when he left the Air Force in 1993. He went on to
  • Depot liaison engineer keep AFCENT aircraft flying safely

    When one's car has a mechanical failure, the operator's manual is an immediate source of information. It may reveal a solution to the problem or highlight the need for a mechanic. But what if you fly, not drive, and your aircraft breaks down with a problem that the 'aircraft manual' doesn't cover, then what do you do?1st Lt. Eric Yerly is an
  • Ensuring Meals Ready to Eat are ready to eat

    Staff Sgt. Rachael Marzette is the noncommissioned officer in charge of public health at the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, undisclosed location, Southwest Asia. Some of her many duties include conducting preventative health assessments, hearing tests, clearances for individuals pursuing retraining and her most likely least favorite task, taste
  • Deployment offers opportunity to serve in honor guard

    Many deployed service members sometimes struggle to find new off-duty activities in the absence of friends or family. Some dive into church, morale events or new fitness routines to make the most of their time. Some take the journey toward earning the honor guard brassard."Some people come here and they may have wanted to do it at their home base
  • Twins switch military branches, continue family's military heritage

    Matthew and his brother, Andrew, Van Dercreek left for basic training within a little over a month of each other. As brothers, they were used to doing a lot together. They shared a love of aviation, they came from a military family, some people even said they look alike. That's because these brothers aren't just any brothers, they're fraternal
  • Service brings sacrifice but no regrets

    "I ..., do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...," words each enlistee vows to uphold when signing on the dotted line of military service. Words that Tech. Sgt. Dustin Hayden, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing ground safety technician repeated, in the Military
  • Air Force's highest ranking enlisted aerial porter retires

    Service members and civilians deployed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing honored Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Wayne Daubert on the occasion of his retirement after 30 years of faithful service Tuesday."Chief, when we arrived here, the wing headquarters building only displayed the photographs of the previous eight wing commanders and
  • Serving at extremes

    Staff Sgt. Sophia Mantzouris, 386th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, knew she wanted to enlist on Active Duty from the time she was a little girl, but a friend steered her towards the Air National Guard which provided her an opportunity to serve at extremes."The first guard unit I joined was the 109th [Airlift Wing] in Scotia, N.Y.," said Mantzouris.
  • The Weather Airman

    "As a weather guy, you're not 100 percent and the guys that say they are, are wrong," he said.Senior Airman Erik White, 386th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, weather journeyman, native of Bloomfield, Ky., joined the Air Force fresh out of high school looking for a better life and to make something of himself. "I had gotten to the point
  • A historic validation

    A team of Airmen and contractors from Air Mobility Command, the Central Command Deployment & Distribution Operation Center and the Defense Logistics Agency worked together to validate a big shredding theory. The Granutech Mobile Rotogrind Shredder assembly, Model 525 HP, is used to shred everything from paper and electronics to body armor and
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