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  • Reservist saves life of Virginia Tech shooting victim

    Capt. Heather Menzies remembered the scene at Carilion New River Valley hospital April 16, 2007 as "organized chaos." A Reservist flight nurse with the 459th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and clinical team leader with Carilion Patient Transport Company, Captain Menzies said trauma is inherent in her day-to-day occupation. But that day was
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  • Wing members venture to Germany during annual tour

    Thirty-one Reservists from the 69th Aerial Port Squadron conducted annual tour here June 2-17 to support their active duty counterparts in the 723rd Aerial Port Squadron. Ramstein Air Base is home to U.S. Air Forces in Europe Headquarters. Five members of the 459th Mission Support Flight supported units at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and a 459th
  • Fuel cell exercise gauges skill of maintenance, first responder Airmen

    Members of the 316th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 79th Medical Wing joined forces with the 459th Maintenance Squadron here to conduct a fuel cell extraction exercise June 4. The annual exercise calls for aircrew members and first responders to coordinate efforts in an attempt to rescue a simulated victim from a narrow inner portion of an
  • Get fit to fight -- stay fit for life

    (Editor's note: Senior Airman Jessica Andrews is a Unit Public Affairs Representative and an Air Force diet therapist in the nutritional medicine field. See your doctor before beginning any radical new fitness routine or regimen.) In some cases, even enemy flyers don't strike the fear in Airmen the way the Air Force physical fitness test does. As a
  • MEO chief pledges open door policy at wing

    "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has," cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead said. My vision is that the 459th Air Refueling Wing functions and operates as a small group of thoughtful people intending to change the world for the better. On February 5, 2007, I became the new chief of
  • And the winners are ... Unrivaled Wingmen

    A sea of blue suits filled the Colony South Hotel in Clinton, Md., May 5 when wing members gathered for recognition and camaraderie during the Second Annual Awards Banquet. The banquet, coordinated by the First Sergeant's Council, Banquet Committee and Chief's Group, and sponsored by partners such as USAA, the 756th Squadron Association and the
  • Nurse gives breath of life to patients on board Mercy Ships

    Lt. Col. Margaret Schmidt, a flight nurse with the 459th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, uses her military skills, nurse anesthetist expertise, as well as her goodwill, to give children and adults in far away places a chance to breathe, literally. As a nurse anesthetist for 27 years, providing an airway for patients is her mission. Colonel Schmidt