The Mobility Forum Stories

Red and white lights of police vehicles reflect through a dark haze.

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

By MS. SOFIA SCHATZ, STAFF WRITER

Getting behind the wheel after drinking, even just one time, can have tragic consequences— for you and others. This grim reality is why Daltyn Ryan Stout shares his story. The young man went from looking forward to a bright future with a promising career to a 20-year prison sentence for murder after a tragic accident.

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SSgt Kelly Jarrell prepares to load fuel into an Aerial Bulk Fuel Delivery System

Fuel Management: The Heart of Airlift and Aerial Refueling

By MS. LAUREN SCHATZ, STAFF WRITER

“Without fuel, the Air Force mission does not get accomplished,” said SSgt Garrett Huntoon, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Service Center Controller.

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C-141Bs

Remembering the Crew of the 1997 Midair Collision Between an Air Force C-141 and a German Tupolev Tu-154 Off the Coast of Africa

By MR. GARY ELL, STAFF WRITER

I was the Director of Visual Information Services and an aircrew-certified photojournalist assigned to McGuire Air Force Base (AFB), NJ, from 1996 through 2002. We were constantly jockeying to hop on missions to document and tell the story of the tanker and airlift squadrons (AS). We became very close with both the crews and the “bookies” and were always on the lookout for a good story. We would review flight/mission schedules, particularly during weekends, such as refueling B-2 bombers and FA-18s, or airdropping fun stuff like Humvees out the backs of a formation of C-141s. When we were not flying, we would take official photos and passport/visa/ isolated personnel reports, document traffic accidents, and capture those usual grip-n-grin ceremonial events. We were also in tight with the loadmasters, as they would occasionally return our flip-top bottles to Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

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TSgt Robert Miller inspects the nylon tape of the barrier arresting kit during an annual certification test

Chain Reaction: The Barrier Between Life and Death

By MR. GARY ELL, STAFF WRITER

The Chain Reaction article, published in The MATS Flyer, August 1955, highlighted the first time a land-based aircraft arrestment occurred. Following lessons learned during the Korean War, a need for a reliable land-based aircraft arresting system (AAS) arose.

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Dry leaves and grass caught on fire

Burn, Leaves, Burn

By MS. ALLISON ELLIOT, STAFF WRITER

Emily Brontë, in her poem “Fall, Leaves, Fall,” described the autumn season well: “Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day; Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree.”

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A mom and dad, each with a child hanging on their back, walk as they look down and smile. Each family member wears sweaters and winter hats.

Embrace Autumn—But With Care!

By MS. BETTY NYLUND BARR, STAFF WRITER

Ah, autumn! It is a time for fresh starts—a new school year, cooler temperatures that beckon one outside for a walk through crunchy fallen leaves, and just beyond, the winter holidays. It is hard not to like fall.

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Looking over the steering wheel, a driver sees two motorcyclers ahead.

How to Save a Life

By MR. GARY ELL, STAFF WRITER

More than one-half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are many more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers do not “recognize” a motorcycle—they ignore it (usually unintentionally). Motorcycles are the smallest vehicle on the road, which means they are the hardest to see. Because of their size, they seem to be traveling faster than they are, so it can be difficult to spot motorcycles and gauge how far they are from our cars. When a motorcycle accident does happen, it is always serious because motorcyclists do not have the protection that a car provides. There is nothing separating motorcyclists from the road or contact with your vehicle. When it comes to motorcycles, there is no such thing as a fender bender. That is why it is so important to remember these safety tips for sharing the road.

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1 Lt Riley Richards and Capt Christopher Cruz operate a C-130J Super Hercules

MISHAP-FREE FLYING HOUR MILESTONES

By STAFF

Mishap-Free Flying Hour Milestones

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A KC-135 Stratotanker sits on the flightline during sunrise

Line Observation Safety Audit (LOSA) Update

By MR. KEVIN SLUSS, CSP AMC FLIGHT SAFETY

This past year, Air Mobility Command (AMC) hosted two Line Observation Safety Audit (LOSA) safety investigation boards (SIBs).

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Airmen with the 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadron pose for a group photo

A DAY IN THE LIFE

By STAFF

Airmen with the 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadron pose for a group photo April 24, 2021, at the newly renovated weapon system suite at Joint Base McGuire­Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. The weapon system suite empowers Air Mobility Command and Control experts to execute air operations remotely, supporting combatant commanders across a full range of military operations.

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