The Mobility Forum Stories

1Lt Alexander Compean with biocement samples produced by the AFRL team from a range of different starting materials. The team was able to make these bricks in two days without any high temperature processing. Photo by Mr. Wesley Deer, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Graphics Team

No Airfield? No Problem.

By MS. LAUREN SCHATZ, STAFF WRITER

Imagine landing in an austere location—no structures or people in sight. All that keeps you company in this barren stretch of land is clear blue skies, sandy soil, and your crew. In a fraction of the time normally associated with creating aircraft support areas, the Agile Combat Employment (ACE) team creates airfield infrastructure capable of supporting deployed operations.

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A1C Bethany Dacus, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Crew Chief at the 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Pittsburgh International Airport, PA. USAF photo by Joshua J. Seybert

A Modern-Day Rosie the Riveter at the 911th Airlift Wing

By MS. KIM KNIGHT AND MS. BETTY NYLUND BARR, STAFF WRITERS

Several years ago, The Mobility Forum had the honor of interviewing Ms. Elinor Otto, one of the original Rosie the Riveters. She began working in a California aviation factory in 1942 for 65 cents an hour, building airplanes to support the war effort. Throughout her long career—until she was 95 years old—Ms. Otto helped build the 279 C-17s that the U.S. Air Force flew in times of war and for countless lifesaving humanitarian airlifts. Ms. Otto, and the many other women who stepped up to answer the call during World War II, did more than build aircraft—they inspired a movement and provided the groundwork for the next generation of young women.

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An Airman from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron de-ices a C-130J Super Hercules at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Feb. 12, 2021. USAF photo by SrA Aaron Irvin

Airplane Icing Is No Laughing Matter

By MS. BETTY NYLUND BARR, STAFF WRITER

When I hear the word icing, I think of cake; to pilots, however, icing is something they definitely want to avoid when flying. When ice forms on aircraft, it introduces a whole new level of risk.

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cold weather gear

Cold Weather Operations—How to Prevent Frostbite

By MS. KATHY ALWARD, STAFF WRITER

We can all agree that the weather is sometimes unpredictable. According to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, as cold weather is approaching, it is crucial to be prepared for and recognize the dangers of cold weather operations in the U.S. Military. One of the most common and severe cold-weather injuries to prevent is frostbite.

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Safety: The Most Important Item to Bring With You

By MS. SOFIA SCHATZ, STAFF WRITER

Traveling to various parts of the world can be an exciting experience. There are so many places to explore and create memories. It is important, however, to keep safety in mind and not let your guard down. Traveling may be an adventure, but it is wise to have safeguards in place.

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In addition to updating your devices and using secure passwords, you should take a few precautions while shopping online to make sure you are safe.

Cybersecurity Tips to Keep You Safe This Holiday Season

By MS. ARYN KITCHELL, STAFF WRITER

Throughout the year, we see many news stories about cybersecurity breaches in large companies. Of course, we all get worried when we learn that a company—or a bank—we use has been breached because that means our personal information has been at risk. This violation can heighten our awareness for a short time; we check our bank accounts, keep a close eye on our credit score, and change our passwords at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, these large-scale breaches are not the only time our personal information is at risk.

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AIR MOBILITY COMMAND WELL DONE AWARD Presented to GULF 07 CREW 22 ARW

By STAFF

While participating in the Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, NV, the crew of GULF 07 showed exceptional situational awareness, airmanship, and emergency responsiveness. Upon landing and while taxiing to park following a B-52, the crew of GULF 07 noticed the right main landing gear on the B-52 catch fire and quickly begin to spread about the exterior of the aircraft. The copilot alerted the crew members aboard the B-52 of the emergency, of which they were unaware, allowing them to quickly and safely evacuate the aircraft.

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MISHAP-FREE FLYING HOUR

By STAFF

UNIT AWARD 96th Airlift Squadron, Minneapolis ARS, MN 65 Years • 225,640 Hours 2,090 FY21 Mishap-Free Flying Hours 65 Years Since Last Class A or…

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Airmen assigned to the 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, CA, and 105th Maintenance Squadron, Stewart Air National Guard Base, NY, work together during routine maintenance on a C-17 Globemaster III July 14, 2021, at Travis AFB. USAF photo by Chustine Minoda

Assumption + Miscommunication = Aircraft Damage

By MR. LALO MAYNES, HQ AMC FLIGHT SAFETY

In a recent event on the flight line, maintenance personnel were prepping an aircraft for an engine run. The jet engine mechanic performed the Inlet and Exhaust (I&E) inspection on the number one engine. He purposefully left the inlet mat in the inlet so the oncoming 7-level trainer could train a 3-level on conducting the I&E inspection.

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An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 Loadmaster, A1C Nicolas Baron, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and active duty C-17s, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into the theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. USAF photo by Capt Mark Lawson

A DAY IN THE LIFE

By STAFF

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 Loadmaster, A1C Nicolas Baron, during an evacuation fight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a feet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and active duty C-17s, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into the theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan.

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