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Category: 446th Airlfit Wing


Federal budget cuts claim well-loved air mobility rodeo at JBLM

The Pentagon is cancelling a well-loved Air Force competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this summer, grounding the air mobility “rodeo” to save money.

About 20 air crews from a dozen nations were scheduled to visit McChord Air Field this July for the competition.  Two years ago, teams came from as far away as Pakistan to practice with local airmen.

Air Mobility Command commander Gen. Paul Silva cited the budget uncertainty in the Pentagon in describing his decision to cancel the rodeo. The Defense Department is carrying out $50 billion in forced budget cuts this year because of Congress’ failure to

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The ice keeps calling: McChord teams make 500th C-17 trip to Antarctica

Airmen at Joint Base Lewis-McChord call their annual assignment supplying researchers in Antarctica their most dangerous noncombat mission. For the 500th time, they made that trip safely in a C-17 Globemaster III to an outpost near the bottom of the planet.

The Air Force today crowed about the achievement for McChord Airfield’s 62nd Airlift Wing and 446th Reserve Airlift Wing. McChord teams have been supplying scientific research at McMurdo Station since 1997. They’ve been using a fleet of C-17 s since 1999.

“Knowing that during these missions we have directly contributed to the advancement of scientific research and provided

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Start planning your visit to this weekend’s 2012 Air Expo at JBLM

There’s a buzz out there for this weekend’s 2012 Air Expo at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. I’ve had a few calls today from readers looking for more information about how to get there and what they’ll see.

Here’s a link to my Monday story previewing the show. Below you’ll find the information you’ll want to plan your way on and off base this weekend.

Get more details here at the air expo’s web site.

The Washington State Patrol will be out in force looking for backups along Interstate 5 and State Route 512. Trooper Guy Gill is

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Wounded Air Force EOD technician from JBLM competing in military Warrior Games this week

Two weeks ago, we wrote about a pair of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers who were heading to Colorado to participate in this year’s Warrior Games for wounded and ill service members. It turns the base south of Tacoma sent at least one airman, too.

He’s Technical Sgt. Keith Sekora of the 446th Reserve Airlift Wing, an explosive ordnance disposal technician was wounded by shrapnel during a deployment to Afghanistan two years ago. Air Force writer Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle reported that Sekora “suffered a series of four strokes and was left with post-traumatic stress disorder, memory

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More than 29,000 airmen deployed from McChord since wars started

We used the last large Army homecoming from Iraq to Joint Base Lewis-McChord this week as an opportunity to tally up the number of soldiers who’ve deployed from there over the past decade.

Not counting Special Forces, the Army told us the number was 114,000 since 2001.

It took us an extra day to get the same numbers from the Air Force side of the joint base. It’s been sending airmen in small groups on a range of missions to the Middle East, mostly on assignments delivering supplies into combat zones.

McChord’s active-duty 62nd Airlift Wing has deployed

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McChord team escorts Clinton on unannounced trip to Libya

Here’s a nice shot of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force crew delivering Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Tripoli this week.

Clinton visited the country to offer assistance from the Obama administration and to encourage its new leaders to commit to democracy.

The C-17 Globemaster III behind her shows it belongs to McChord Air Field’s 62nd Airlift Wing.

Capt. Allison Kojack, a spokeswoman for the 62nd, confirmed that the crew included airmen from her unit and McChord’s 446th Reserve Airlift Wing.



McChord crew makes rescue flight to South Pole for ailing researcher

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force crew made a life-saving trip to Antarctica today to rescue a researcher who reportedly suffered a stroke on the icy continent in late August.

Renee-Nicole Douceur, 58, of Seabrook., N.H., is getting medical help today. She told CBS’ Today Show she was “feeling elated” to be off the Amundsen-Scott research station and in a hospital.

Weather complications held up her rescue. So did concerns from her employer, Raytheon Polar Services, she said in her interview with CBS.

Her flight to Christchurch, New Zealand is the second medical rescue McChord-based crews have performed

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JBLM major who fought Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell celebrates “Repeal Day”

Maj. Margaret Witt won a long battle against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell last fall when a federal judge ordered the Air Force to reinstate her into her unit, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 446th Reserve Airlift Wing.

She’s in Washington, D.C., today celebrating the repeal of the 18-year-old policy. She released the following statement through the ACLU:

September 20 marks the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It also marks the end of decades of discrimination against gays in this country by our own military.  Almost 14,000 military members were discharged since 1993 under DADT, but over 100,000 were discharged

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