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  • Carrying on tradition: Father and son, now brothers in arms

    Airman 1st Class David Mapel, is following in the footsteps of his father, Chief Master Sergeant Mark Mapel, as a CV-22 Osprey special mission aviator. The senior Mapel is currently the 1st Special Operations Group chief enlisted manager standards and evaluations.Special missions aviators cover

  • Surviving Khobar Towers: An Airman’s Story

    June 25, 1996 at 10:15 p.m. A large truck pulls into aparking lot across the fence line from the military housing complex known asKhobar Towers in near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Col.  Michael Harner, then a lieutenant, had justreturned to his quarters from a run. Standing on the balcony, he looks out

  • Kirtland Warrior: Tech Sgt. Jeremy Parks

    Name:  Tech. Sgt. Jeremy ParksSquadron:  Defense Nuclear Weapons SchoolDuty Title:  Course Manager/InstructorHometown:  Spokane, WashingtonGoals: Parks' goal is to make master sergeant.  He is currently working towards a bachelor's degree in emergency management and would like to complete it within

  • Kirtland Warrior: Staff Sgt. Nicole Joens

    Name: Staff Sgt. Nicole JoensSquadron:  58th Aircraft Maintenance SquadronDuty Title:  NCOIC, Unit Personnel ProgramsHometown: El Paso, TexasGoals: Joens' long term goal is to be the best mother she can be to her kids.  Additionally, she wants to outrank her father, who is a USAF veteran.

  • Honor Guardsman Spotlight: Senior Airman Matthew Ripple

    Name: Senior Airman Matthew RippleUnit: 58th Operations Support SquadronDuty Title: Air Transportation/Aerial Delivery Specialist Job Description: Rig cargo and parachutes to support  the training of the 58 SOW loadmasters, pilots, and navigators.Hometown: Las Vegas, NevadaCareer Goals: To one day

  • Kirtland Warrior: Senior Airman Raymond Meier

    Name: Senior Airman Raymond MeierUnit: 377th Security Forces SquadronDuty Title: Base Defense Operations Center ControllerHometown: Brawley, CaliforniaGoals: His short term goal is to graduate from the CCAF in criminal justice, promote to the rank of staff sergeant and become a civilian law

  • Honor Guardsman Spotlight: Senior Airman Rashad Stovall

    Name: Senior Airman Rashad A StovallUnit:- 377th Dental SquadronDuty Title: Dental TechnicianJob Description: Providing patients with top notch customer service whilesending them home with the cleanest most gentle cleaning they've everexperiencedHometown: Sandusky, OhioCareer Goals: Complete

  • Battle of the Battleships is back for another race

    Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who on Kirtland Air Force Base has the best battleship of them all?For the third year Kirtland will get to experience Battle of the Battleships on Aug. 5. The friendly competition is about a team of two- to –four people building a battleship out of only cardboard and duct

  • Wellness Expo to offer services from health tests to massages

    A coming expo addresses each aspect of healthy living.The third annual Kirtland Air Force Base Wellness Expo is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 in the 150th Special Operations Wing main hangar, Building 1043, on Randolph Avenue. It includes about 70 vendors representing on- and off-base health