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RICAN 68:
Honoring Their Memory

C-5M: A CLASS OF ITS OWN

By MS. KIM KNIGHT, Staff Writer

The C-5M Super Galaxy is the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory. With a primary mission to transport cargo and personnel, this modernized version of the legacy C-5 definitely meets expectations—and it does so in style! ...

CRITICAL DAYS OF SUMMER 2018

By MSGT CLINTON HAMMONS,
HQ AMC Occupational Safety

Air Mobility Command’s Critical Days of Summer (CDS) campaign began on Memorial Day weekend and will continue through Labor Day weekend. With the summer months bringing warmer weather, they also bring more opportunities for Airmen to ...

SUMMER 2018

 

Air Force SE Maj Gen Rauch Talks About Who We Are and How We Do Business

By MS. RITA HESS, Staff Writer

To accomplish its mission, the Safety Center responsibilities include promoting mishap prevention programs and policy; overseeing mishap investigations; developing safety and risk management education; and maintaining the mishap database ...

Sharing Flight Safety Information with Junior Maintainers

 

By MR. LALO MAYNES,
HQ AMC Flight Safety

As a safety professional in the Air Force, one of the biggest challenges I’ve had is ensuring our Airmen “wrench-turners” receive current and accurate safety mishap information. The information in most aviation mishap reports is privileged safety information (PSI) and ...

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

 

By MSGT KEVIN CRUZ, AMC OPS RAMS

As Air Mobility Command professionals, we prepare as best we can for upcoming missions, though we never really know what to expect while on the road. We pump our schedulers for information, study regulations, and “chair fly” our missions. We might even read ASAP reports related to our Mission Design Series to see what lessons we can learn from other crews who have experience at the same  ...

THE MAGAZINE OF AIR MOBILITY COMMAND

732 AMS Inspection Diverts Disaster
at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

By MS. KIM KNIGHT, Staff Writer

The strategic location of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Alaska provides a diverse and unique mission that sets it apart from any other in Air Mobility Command. Lt Col Paul Copper, Commander of the 732d Air Mobility Squadron (AMS), explained ...

AMC Safety Operations Flight Hosts Second Biennial Conference

By MSGT NICHOLAS HALL,
HQ AMC Safety Operations Superintendent

The AMC Safety Operations Flight hosted an enroute safety conference in December 2017. The objective of the conference was to provide an avenue for professional development and information sharing for AMC enroute safety professionals ...

A “Rosie the Riveter” Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award and C-17 Flight

 

By MS. KIM KNIGHT, Staff Writer

Today, the “Rosie the Riveter” poster is an iconic image representing thousands of women who went to work producing munitions and supplies during World War II. But in January 1942, the brightly colored poster was a help wanted ad for Ms. Elinor ...

Secret WWII Mission Fueled the Fight

By MS. KIM KNIGHT, Staff Writer

Wars are won and lost by efforts on and off the battlefield. During WWII, there were numerous unsung top-secret missions going on behind the scenes that shifted momentum in the American and Allied forces’ favor. One in particular that took place under the cover of trees in Sherwood Forest was a quest to fuel the …

Above and Beyond

Did you or your wing go above and beyond the call of duty?

Share it with us …

See Something,
Say Something!

By SMSGT NATHAN ANAYA,
Occupational Safety Manager,101 ARW, Bangor, Maine

On January 16, 2018, MSgt Christopher Pappas, TSgt Robert Caldwell, and SSgt Jonathan Catell were performing heavy maintenance on their KC-135 aircraft 58-0021 while a C-17 Globemaster III was doing touch and go maneuvers on the airfield. As the C-17 taxied past and prepared for another takeoff …

The Road Less Traveled

By MR. MONTE NACE, Staff Writer

When I was young and single, I often dreamed of being a nomad—packing all my belongings into my back seat and driving across the country with no firm destination and no definite timeline. The closest I ever got to doing it was a five-day road trip with some friends …

AMC Well Done Award Presented to the
721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Impoundment Team, Ramstein AB, Germany

The Commander and Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Mobility Command recognized the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Impoundment Team ...

SPOTLIGHT AWARD

PETRO 91 Crew, 60 AMW, Travis AFB, California

 By MS. RITA HESS, Staff Writer

In 1942, United States forces attacked Japan in the Doolittle Raid—a retaliation for Pearl Harbor that demanded flexibility among crews and detailed coordination among multiple Department of Defense agencies. A more recent complex ...

Five Years of Hard Work Wins Inaugural Spark Tank Innovation Cup for AMC Airman

By MS. KIM KNIGHT, Staff Writer

Back in 2012, when MSgt Bartek Bachleda was in charge of scheduling flights for KC-135 instructors and students at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, he noticed it was a regular occurrence for instructor boom operators to have ...

Center Spread:
Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration  of Independence Day, yet the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. On average, 250 people go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries every day in the weeks around the July 4th holiday ...

Top 10 List Honors an Airman

By MS. RITA HESS, Staff Writer

Military families recognize the risk of losing a loved one in battle, but few ever imagine a loved one will die while riding a bicycle. Yet that is exactly what happened to a 31-year-old instructor pilot earlier this year in Altus, Oklahoma.

This young captain—assigned to the 54th Air Refueling Squadron—taught others to fly KC-135 tankers ...

Harvey the Horrible

By MS. RITA HESS, Staff Writer

People who lived through certain events in modern American history—such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy or the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001—will never forget those moments. Recalling them brings up indelible images. One natural disaster permanently etched in my mind occurred when Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast …

Keeping Cool in Summer Heat

By MS. ARYN KITCHELL, Staff Writer

Summer seems like the perfect time to get outside and work on staying fit. Nothing makes me want to stay inside and bundle up more than cold weather. As soon as the sun comes out, however, I want to go outside and appreciate the warm weather. The warmth encourages me to walk and …

C-17 + Whitetail Deer = CHANGES

By MS. THEODORA MALISON-WEBB,
Staff Writer

Accidents happen when least expected. Such was the case for crewmembers aboard a C-17 performing assault landing zone approaches (ALZ) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL), New Jersey. An interesting turn of events made what should …

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MILESTONES

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QUICKSTOPPERS

Safety Tool
(not what you're thinking)

By LT COL WALTER BORJA,

HQ AMC Flight Safety

I think we can all agree that Situational Awareness (SA) is key to being a safe pilot. If you know what’s going on around you and have a clear big picture, you’ll avoid ...

A DAY IN THE LIFE

 

SrA Christian Espada, an individual protective equipment journeyman assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, fits a student with an individual operator tactical vest (IOTV) and helmet ...