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  • Team McConnell to participate in Purple Mile event

    The Purple Mile, a walk to increase domestic violence awareness, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Oct. 3, at the Rattigan Student Center at the Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas."Domestic abuse statistics are frightening," said Vickie Hayden, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response victim advocate. "We have to
  • October issue of Citizen Airman is online

    The October issue of Citizen Airman Magazine is now available. The cover story is about Maj. Dan Rooney, a T-38 Talon pilot at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, a PGA golf professional and founder of Folds of Honor, an organization that provides annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while
  • KC-46A Air Refueling Operator Station Demonstrator visiting McConnell

    Boeing will be bringing their KC-46A Pegasus Air Refueling Operator Station Demonstrator to base Sept. 28 and 29.The AROS on the KC-46A will replace the boom pod used in KC-135 Stratotankers and KC-10 Extenders, keeping the boom operator in the front of the aircraft near the rest of the air crew.Danny Wright, Boeing's Chief Mechanic, will also be
  • 'We work for our Airmen'

    Despite being on-call 24 hours a day and often working irregular hours, first sergeants and acting first sergeants from the 931st Air Refueling Group took time from their busy schedules and gathered this week at a First Sergeants Symposium here Sept. 15 through Sept. 17. Though formal training for first sergeants takes place Maxwell-Gunter Air
  • Team McConnell celebrates Air Force birthday

    Team McConnell Members celebrated the service's 68th birthday with an Air Force Ball at the Marriott Hotel in Wichita Sept. 12, 2014. The ball is an annual Air Force-wide tradition that celebrates the heritage and history of the Air Force.McConnell celebrates semi-annually. The four-hour event began with a social hour and then a formal program that
  • McConnell Reservists 'fuel' Thunderbirds' mission

    When spectators line up at the Cleveland National Air Show Sept. 5 to view the aerial stunts performed by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstrations Squadron, they probably won't consider the journey to get the team there. On Sept. 3, 2015, this "stunt," included the efforts of four Reservists from the 931st Air Refueling Group and a KC-135
  • 22nd CES finishes new alert facility

    It took more than just a few Airmen renovating one building, it took the majority of the 22nd and the 931st Civil Engineer Squadron to complete the new alert facility, Bldg. 1219, here on McConnell Air Force Base.It took Airmen from six different air force specialty codes 14 weeks, and 21 cubic yards of concrete to finish the job."This was an
  • 60 years in the air: the birth of a tanker legacy

    (Editor's note: This is the first part of a series looking back on the history of the KC-135 Stratotanker throughout the decades, leading up to the 60th anniversary of the KC-135 first flight in August 2016.)More than 60 years ago, the idea of a tanker able to keep up with the technologically advanced jet-propelled aircraft was just that, an idea.
  • Team McConnell’s Air Force Ball scheduled for Sept. 12

    Team McConnell's Air Force Ball is scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Marriott Hotel in Wichita, Kansas, and tickets are on sale now.The theme for this year's Air Force Ball is "Creating Partnerships, Bridging Communities," and will feature live music and a guest speaker, Congressman Michael R. Pompeo."We chose this theme to highlight the interdependent