Senior Airman David Ray, 302 Maintenance Squadron metals technician, used a welding tool to secure a shelf to an aircraft wash equipment rack June 7, 2020, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The flash produced during the welding process can cause eye damage if observed directly without protective equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Norton)


  • Women’s History Month: 302 AW Airman shares personal experience

    March is known to Americans as the month that reminds us to celebrate the strong and independent women who have served throughout our history. The occasion reminded Master Sgt. Carlos Gonzalez of his former 302nd Security Forces Squadron co-worker, Tech. Sgt. Ruby Beilfuss.

  • EFMP helps guide special needs families through processes

    You can think of Jackie Wickham as a personal process guide for Air Force and sister families assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, navigating the maze of agencies and services available to people with special needs.She is the Exceptional Family Member coordinator on Peterson Air Force Base, a new

  • An extraordinary partnership, forged by the bonds of survival

    At first glance, Bill McPherson appears to be a simple, outgoing, southern Colorado community leader with a deep appreciation for local military members.But it's only after you get to know this highly-decorated Army veteran who retired as a colonel after 30 years of service and his story of being

  • Services Airman gains valuable experience from 'Women in Aviation'

    Air Force Reservist Senior Airman Cindy Rojas has always been a go getter. "My mom always reminds me about the time when I was eight and she asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told her I wanted to be the big boss." After a quick smile, Airman Rojas reveals just ten years later, she

  • Emerging technologies (and why you should embrace them)

    Don't forget to update your CEI in vPC-GR before the end of the UTA."Yes, that is English and it does make sense, but do you understand it? Other than "UTA," many members of the 302nd Airlift Wing may not know what to do if their commander makes this statement. The alphabet soup can be confusing

  • HISTORY HIGHLIGHT: African American Airmen make Air Force history

    There is no better way to celebrate African American History Month than to look at how the Air Force has benefited from the contributions of African American Airmen.One of the first African American pilots to make history was Eugene Jacques Bullard. In August 1917, 30 years before the Air Force

  • Returning home

    James Riley was four years old, sitting at the dinner table in his Chicago home, when he first heard the word "Thailand." His father had just received a U.S. government job offer at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in central Thailand and was asking his family if they wanted to go. "I had no idea

  • '5 QUESTIONS': Meet Mrs. Elizabeth Jones

    (Editor's note: Mrs. Elizabeth Jones recently took on the position of the 302nd Airlift Wing's Key Spouse Program coordinator. The Key Spouse Program supports family members of Reservists with a variety of programs and networks.)It's a big challenge to take on, but Elizabeth Jones has no other

  • Father, son meet in Afghanistan

    There's a saying that a parent would do anything for his children, and that even includes deploying to war.During the "Year of the Air Force Family," Tech. Sgt. Thomas Leaman, an Air Force Reservist from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., decided he needed to be with his son