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  • Surviving Stress as a Service Member

    Serving in the military as a reservist can be one of the most rewarding, fulfilling experiences of one’s life; it can also be one of the most stressful. “Being a reservist is a unique scenario compared to active duty or civilian life,” said Raymo. “Not only do you have to put up with the stresses the average civilian faces, if tasked to deploy you
  • Pride in ownership: Reserve aircraft maintainers help keep McConnell's fleet flying

    Senior Airman Michael Moore doesn't technically own an airplane. Moore, a crew chief assigned to the Air Force Reserve 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here, hasn't quite saved up the capital required to purchase a private jet. But if you ask, he will tell you he feels like he owns an entire aircraft fleet."When I'm off work and just out driving
  • Comic book creator reflects on Air Force Reserve experience

    When writers introduce a character to the comic super hero canon, they usually begin with a common theme. The protagonist possesses some raw talent and power but lacks the competence and confidence to effectively transmit those skills into any great accomplishment. In fact, the greatest enemy of the new character is often a lack of
  • 90th EARS a force multiplier in air-to-air fueling

    By definition, force multiplier means a capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment. That is exactly what the 90th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron does at Incirlik.The 90th EARS, a total-force
  • Aeromedical training benefits refuelers

    Staff Sgt. Kenny Stewart said let there be light, and there was none. And it wasn't so good. "I thought the bulb was out," he said, halfway through an aeromedical evacuation training (commonly called "AE" training) mission here. The day prior, Sergeant Stewart, a boom operator assigned to the 931st Air Refueling Group, was up in the air on a KC-135
  • Down a Different Road

    The blinds are closed, but the white-hot light of the Kansas sun still forces its way into the living room. In front of the blinds sits Shelby Gobel, looking for an "insect."Slumbering in teenage fashion on the couch opposite him is his son, Alex. The boxed glow of the window blinds glare from Alex's glasses. Shelby doesn't find the "insect," he
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