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  • The fog of war: Team MacDill battles mosquitoes

    Imagine this scenario: the sun begins to rise above the Tampa Bay horizon as two service members jog along the Bayshore Boulevard running trail before beginning their work day. “This is a perfect time to run; the temperature is great,” says one of the service members. Suddenly, a faint buzzing sound is heard and becomes louder and louder. Soon, a small itch develops on one of their necks. Smacking the affected area in response, the jogger smashes a pesky mosquito. “Something needs to be done about these pests,” he sighs. Coincidentally, members of the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron Pest Management team are waging a war against these mosquitoes so Team MacDill can focus on the mission. Although just a three-man team, they tackle the large task of controlling the mosquito population at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
  • The fuel good people

    Whether holding steady at 35,000 feet, making a midair fuel transfer, or engaged in a close combat dogfight, the last thing an aircrew needs to worry about is a faulty fuel system. At MacDill Air Force Base, the 6th Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel systems technicians have more than their fair share of work cut out for them. Being that this Air
  • The History of the Holocaust

    It has been 76 years since the rise of Adolf Hitler and the effects of his reign are still seen today. Over the course of Hitler's regime, more than 6 million men, women and children were systematically murdered because of their race, religion and political beliefs, the largest demographic being Jews. The rise of the Nazi party began 14 years after
  • The inspector gadget of food: A1C Govan

    Airman 1st Class Alexander Govan, 6th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician, is one among 22 Airmen that MacDill Air Force Base, Florida has assigned the 6th AMDS public health unit, which specializes in food safety, sanitation and security for the base.Public Health consists of occupational health, community health and public health
  • The maintenance and operations linchpin

    When it comes to equipment safety and reliability, no one understands the ins and outs of proper maintenance better than an "AGE Ranger."These "rangers," aerospace ground equipment gurus, are always caked in grease and covered in sweat as a result of their hard labor. They are the Air Force's equivalent of equipment surgeons; they diagnose,
  • The patrol that never ends

    "MacDill is the only base with a twenty-four-seven, three-sixty-five marine patrol," said Staff Sgt. Christina Ryder, a crew leader with the 6th Security Forces Squadron marine patrol. "Ever since 9/11 we've had a constant patrol in these waters." In the 12 years since 9/11, there has not ceased to be a moment when a marine patrol Airmen has
  • The power of a smile: Airmen receive training on communication and relationships

    The 6th Medical Group invited Rich Castellano, an author and double-board certified facial, plastic, and reconstruction surgeon out to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Mar. 26, 2018 to talk about effective communications skills and more specifically the power of a smile.
  • The Real Pirates - formerly of the Caribbean

    For a few short days recently, the pirate with skull and crossbones - the distinctive emblem of the 6th from long ago when it had been stationed in the Caribbean - rose from the past to relive a time when huge silver-gleaming bomber planes roared from a tiny island in the Pacific to help end World War II. From Sept. 8-11, this old emblem and the
  • The secrets of the giant golf ball

    Usually on the running path down to SeaScapes, on the beach, people see the giant white golf ball on the southern end of base and ponder its purpose. Is it the reason that cell phones continue dropping calls? Do they get free cable TV? Are they communicating with aliens? The answer to these provocative questions is no. So what does the golf ball
  • The Tank Perspective

    "As Airmen, we are so focused on completing our jobs to the best of our abilities that sometimes we give ourselves tunnel vision, and we only see our piece of the pie instead of seeing our overall impact to the mission," said Senior Airman Caleb Cano, a type 3 hydrants operator with the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron.What Cano is explaining is