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  • Hurricane Prompts Evacuation of 700 Family Members From Guantanamo Bay

    Navy officials directed the evacuation of 700 family members from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, in advance of approaching Hurricane Matthew.
  • 618 Air Operations Center welcomes new commander

    Brig. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb succeeded Brig. Gen. Brian S. Robinson as commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), in a change of command ceremony held here today. The change of command took place at the Scott Club, where 618th AOC (TACC) members welcomed Bibb as their new commander and said goodbye to Robinson and his
  • 618 Air Operations Center total force members tackle world’s longest non-stop river race

    Last month two total force members, Maj. Rebecca Bissette and Lt. Col. Matthew List, completed the 11th annual Missouri American Water MR340, a 340 mile river race across the state of Missouri.The MR340, touted as the world’s longest non-stop river race, is held annually, and invites kayakers and canoers from around the world to brave heat, weather
  • The birth of a 60-year legacy

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Peering over the gates of the largest stratotanker wing in the Air Force, a legendary aircraft stands guard. Aircraft 55-3118, now a static display at McConnell Air Force Base, was the first KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft off the production line and the first to fly.“55-3118 was a reliable, hard-working jet that
  • Tanker Tracker: KC-135 year-in-review

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Since August 2015, KC-135 Stratotanker tail number 58-0011, has taken part in missions flown out of McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, and deployed locations across the globe. It has completed two deployments, locking down 126 sorties and offloading 2.08M pounds of fuel to 137 receiving aircraft. The missions this
  • Generations of pride for Libby family

    Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Libby, 618th Air Operation Center’s first sergeant, is no stranger to the word patriotism. Since he was a child, he has proudly called himself an American and has carried the nation’s flag, folded snugly in a triangular case, everywhere he has gone. It has seen every conflict he has seen, and it has traveled the world like
  • Air Force, Army planners find ways to see greater jump in airdrops

    An arriving C-130 Hercules taxies to a large hangar where about 60 Army paratroopers wait to board. Lugging about 100 pounds of gear, the Soldiers quickly line up and load into the aircraft as its four idling engines blow hot gusts over the tarmac. Minutes later, the plane is flying at 150 mph and the paratroopers jump, being whisked away in a rush of fresh air during the routine training mission -- one of hundreds held each year at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. While short lived, these airdrops are meticulously prepared months ahead by dozens of Air Force and Army planners. Their goal: to get Airmen and Soldiers primed to rapidly respond to urgent combat or humanitarian efforts.
  • Tankers enable long-range bomber capability during Polar Roar

    Mobility Airmen play a vital role in deterrence and stand ready to operate in support of global operations at a moment’s notice.Air Mobility Command Airmen, 15 KC-135 Stratotankers and 10 KC-10 Extenders enabled Air Force Global Strike Command B-52s and B-2s to sustain air operations for more than 20 hours during ‪Polar Roar Aug. 31, 2016.Through