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  • Let it ride -- but when it comes to safety ... abide

    To unwind and relax, or catch a little speed on the open road, whatever the reason, the motivation is there for people who share a love and passion for motorcycles. "I've ridden my bike from Iowa to California and back -- nothing beats the wind in your face or the gas mileage you get." said Lt. Col. Michael Laughton, 459th Air Refueling Wing's
  • 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