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  • From Civil Air Patrol to Command Chief

    Earning the rank of Chief Master Sgt. is a competitive process accomplished by a small percentage of enlisted Airmen. To Jennifer McKendree, the idea of becoming a chief seemed completely unattainable.

  • A Kenyan’s road to becoming an American Airman

    Senior Airman Patrick Ikua grew up in Kenya. He says that poverty, the threat of terrorism and an uncertain future were all part of his experience as a young man in a developing nation. But the U.S. Air Force completely changed the trajectory of his life.

  • Bivouac, blank rounds and barricades

    The 910th Civil Engineer Squadron joined the 910th Security Forces Squadron for a 24-hour field exercise in which the units established a bare base and provided perimeter defense, March 31 to April 1, 2022.

  • Integrated Defense Leadership Course: 446th SFS

    Air Force Reserve Command Defenders assigned to the 446th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, completed the two-week Integrated Defense Leadership Course, based at YARS and using training grounds at CJAG, in March 2022.

  • Training like the best, prepared for the worst

    The 910th Civil Engineer Squadron’s emergency management flight conducted a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives response training event on March 14, 2022, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio.

  • No better teacher than a sim round

    Air Force Reserve Command Defenders assigned to the 446th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, work their way through a live-fire training scenario, March 20, 2022, at the shoot-house at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio.

  • 22nd Air Force Commander and Command Chief visit YARS

    Maj. Gen. Bret Larson, 22nd Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Chin Cox, 22nd Air Force command Chief, visited Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, during a Unit Training Assembly, March 4-7, 2022.

  • Smokescreens, sandbags, frozen creeks and empty mags

    When the crew door of a C-5 Galaxy opened on the ramp at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2022, it was the first time some of the 40 Defenders debarking the aircraft had ever seen snow. The forecast for the next two weeks called for some of the coldest temperatures they’d ever

  • Service knows no borders

    Every day, immigrants come to the United States to seek a better life in a country full of opportunities. It is not every day someone discovers that opportunity through serving in the U.S. military. In Vienna, Ohio, a small Air Force Reserve base not only has this rarity, it has four Reserve Citizen

  • Airman Spotlight: A heart full of giving

    Airman Spotlight: Senior Airman Jasmine Handy is an operations management helper assigned to 910th Civil Engineer Squadron and a member of the 910th Airlift Wing Base Honor Guard.