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  • The Cable Guys

    The cable and antenna systems maintainers of the 6th Communications Squadron, or cable dogs as they like to refer to themselves, play a crucial role in keeping MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. running and maintaining its overall readiness to complete the mission.They are the Airmen who answer the call

  • The confidence to ‘knock out’ emergency actions

    In the blink of an eye, an amateur mixed martial artist felt the impact of the opponent's fist on her jaw. It was the hardest hit she had ever taken, but it wasn't enough to bring her down. Although this was only her second MMA fight, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu-based fighter had come a long way in the

  • The Epitome of Airmanship: SrA Boyd 6th MDSS laboratory technician

    Mary Boyd joined the United States Air Force with no idea of what her job would be. She came in willing to take on any job that came her way. Mary longed for what the military would offer her, such as opportunities to travel, educational benefits, and the experiences that are unique to service

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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