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  • Coaches Tour 2009 revisited, Twitter style

    A true sign the era of social media has arrived: you are shaking your head through a third-world customs process in an African airport and Mack Brown, the 58-year-old head football coach at the University of Texas, is standing next to you blogging from his cell phone. "He's been connected this whole time," Ole Miss skipper Houston Nutt said near
  • KC-135 crew celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage month

    June was just around the corner and so was the end of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. But Lt. Col. Tsuyoshi "T" Tung, a Reserve KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, had made celebrating his heritage his mission. And he was determined to make it happen.So he sent his aircrew an email: "I believe you are all flying tomorrow night," it read. "I have
  • Flyers get new boss

    Col. Edsel A. "Archie" Frye Jr. clasps a commander's pin to Lt. Col. Tony Brusca's jacket during a 18th Air Refueling Squadron change of command ceremony on June 13. Colonel Brusca, a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, took command of the 18th ARS after serving under every one of the squadron's previous commanders. The 18th ARS is the flying unit of the
  • Medical officer earns civilian optometry award

    Capt. (Dr.) Chad Thompson, the 931st Aerospace Medicine Squadron's chief of optometry, has been named the 2009 Young Optometrist of the Year by the Kansas Optometric Association.The award, according to an Association release, "recognizes optometrists in practice for less than 10 years who have demonstrated outstanding involvement in their community
  • Moving Up, Moving On

    Col. Ted Mathews enjoys the moment during his promotion ceremony Saturday. Helping pin on the eagles that represent his new colonel rank are his sister, Catherine Mathews, his nephew, Joseph, and his niece, Gabrielle. Colonel Mathews relinquished command of the 18th Air Refueling Squadron to Lt. Col. Tony Brusca during a ceremony a few hours later.
  • Welcome Newcomers

    The following Airmen joined the 931st Air Refueling Group during the June Unit Training Assembly:Staff Sgt. Howard Schliebner931st Aerospace Medicine FlightStaff Sgt. Joshua Smith931st Aerospace Medicine FlightSenior Airman Justin Hartung931st Aircraft Maintenance SquadronSenior Airman Alex Krahling931st Aerospace Medicine FlightSenior Airman Ryan
  • Congressional Visit

    Col. Edsel A. "Archie" Frye Jr., 931st Air Refueling Group commander, meets with Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., in Washington, D.C., on June 4 to discuss the future of the 931st at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The visit was part of a congressional orientation course designed for Air Force commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. David Fruck)
  • NCAA coaches visit troops in hospital

    Henry Bautista wasn't one of the U.S. servicemembers seven NCAA football coaches visited at a U.S. military hospital in Germany Friday. That's because servicemembers are not the only ones risking their lives in dangerous places like Iraq. That's where Bautista, a field representative for a light armored vehicle contractor, was three days prior when
  • Air Force leaders name next top enlisted leader

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley have announced the Airman selected to be the service's next enlisted leader.Chief Master Sgt. James A. Roy will become the 16th chief master sergeant of the Air Force during an appointment ceremony June 30 which will coincide with Chief
  • Coaches Tour 2009 taking shape at McConnell AFB

    The game plan to bring some of the biggest names in college sports to troops overseas is in full motion at McConnell Air Force Base.Regular and Reserve Airmen here are preparing for Coaches Tour 2009, a second annual morale-boosting mission featuring head coaching icons of NCAA football. The coaches--Mack Brown of Texas, Troy Calhoun of Air Force,