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  • NCOs: unprecedented challenges, effective leading

    In the profession of arms, the noncommissioned officer is often considered to be the backbone of the force. NCOs, being technical experts themselves, are entrusted to develop, lead, manage and mentor subordinate troops as front-line supervisors.
  • MacDill ALS: Ready, flexible, innovative

    Although many of the Air Force’s education and training courses have been put on hold, the 6th Force Support Squadron’s Airman Leadership School instructor team remains diligent. Their ultimate goal is to ensure that their students will be given the same high quality training they need to join the ranks as Air Force leaders when ALS courses resume.
  • Right place, right time: Airman saves lives

    March 7, 2020, started off as a long day, coming home from working during the Nuclear Operational Readiness Exercise, Tech. Sgt. Lowery was on his way southbound over the Alafia Bridge in East Tampa. As he drove closer to the base of the bridge, a car and motorcycle collided, and for the next two hours, Lowery’s security forces medical training and prior emergency medical technician experience would help him with assisting in his first-ever witnessed accident.
  • Back to the basics: finding work-life balance during a pandemic

    Though the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced changes to the normal operating environment, the Airmen of the 6th Air Refueling Wing have stepped up, as they always do, to ensure that the mission of delivering unmatched air refueling support carries on. For Tech. Sgt. Shawna Wise, a 6th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, getting back to the basics has enabled her to find a sense of normalcy during this time of adversity.
  • Delivering excellence: MacDill boom operators train for perfection

    There’s a saying in the Air Force about refueling aircraft, something along the lines of nothing accomplishes mission success without tanker aircraft gas. This saying rings true in Tampa. Refueling aircraft such as MacDill Air Force Base’s KC-135 Stratotanker are vital to mission success and keeping other military aircraft flying all over the globe.
  • Cramped spaces and fuel vapors: MacDill “Tank Divers”

    Tucked away behind U.S. Central Command and MacDill Air Force Base, Florida’s traditional hangars lies a hangar originally built to house fighter jets. On a given day, peeking out of that hangar will sit a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft seemingly out of place in the considerably smaller maintenance shop, but surely, it’s in the right hands.
  • Artificial intelligence makes its way to MacDill dermatology clinic

    The dermatology clinic at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida boasts a machine that can help patients log and track various skin conditions over time. It’s ability to use high resolution photos of the patients’ body and intelligently detect when new marks appear and grow larger allows Maj. Thomas Beachkofsky, the 6th Healthcare Operations Squadron dermatologist, easily monitor areas of concern with his patients.
  • MacDill audiologist heard his calling

    Out of approximately 37 audiologists in the Air Force, there is only one stationed here. He devotes his passion to using the latest equipment and techniques to treat and safeguard Airmen and their families’ hearing.
  • Fighting the fires of the future

    MacDill’s first-ever Future Firefighters Club of America, is a Youth Center program that could change a child’s life forever. After six months of planning, MacDill’s 6th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services Flight firefighters also joined the program to personally teach MacDill’s youth over the course of the year on different aspects of firefighting.
  • ATC Airmen oversee MacDill from “best view in Tampa”

    While the majority of service members at MacDill perform 24/7 day-to-day operations on the ground, a select group of individuals oversee the area above our heads.
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