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  • Maintaining the largest weapons system

    In the hot deserts of Kuwait, it may seem hard to keep up with all the Aircraft taking off and touching down, but the Airmen of airfield management keep things running smoothly with a fierce set of eyes and a firm attention to detail across the flightline. Tech. Sgt. Anthony Cooper, 375th Operation Support Squadron NCOIC of airflow manager operations, was on a runway responding to an F-15 that landed after experiencing an in-flight emergency. To keep operations moving, Cooper guided the jet to a safe area to be fixed, and while he was doing that he noticed a potential hazard.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Showcase: Lieutenant General Elwood R. “Pete” Quesada

    Lt. Gen. Elwood R. “Pete” Quesada was a pioneer of aerial refueling, an architect of U.S. tactical

  • Team Tether support Operation Allies Refuge

    Across the Air Force Airmen banded together to evacuate approximately 120,000 American citizens and Afghan evacuees during Operation Allies Refuge from the Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan. The operation itself, to date, is the largest noncombatant evacuation operation of its kind in Air Force history. When one thinks of an evacuation, the envisioning in their mind may be of security forces personnel ensuring safety and aircraft being expertly flown, but those are only a couple color pallets in the artfully crafted total picture. Enter the professionals of the 375th Communications Support Squadron Tether team.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Showcase: Maj. Manuel John “Pete” Fernandez, Jr.

    Maj. Manuel John “Pete” Fernandez, Jr. was the third highest scoring U.S. Air Force and American ace of the Korean War with 14.5 victories. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star for extraordinary heroism in Korea on March 21, 1953. Pete Fernandez was born in Key West, Florida, on April 19, 1925. His grandparents emigrated from Spain to Cuba before settling in the United States. His father, an early amateur enthusiast, became chief radio operator for the new Pan American World Airways, then pioneering the air routes to the Caribbean and Latin America. Pete earned his private pilot’s license at age 15. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps after graduating from High School in 1943, entering the Aviation Cadet Program. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and received his wings on November 20, 1944. He became a pilot instructor at Midland, Texas, followed by instructor assignments in San Jose, Guatemala, and Panama. He didn’t experience any aerial combat in WWII.

  • Barrier Activated: Security Forces stop gate runners

    The 375th Security Forces Squadron has great pride in providing security and safety to Team Scott personnel, members and residents. Recently, there were two different incidents where individuals drove past the gate guard without rendering proper identification. The purpose of the gate guard is to positively identify and validate authorized credentials for individuals entering the base to ensure unauthorized individuals do not gain access. If they were not at the gate, anyone, without verification, would be able to gain access causing security risks.

  • Springfield's Minimum Wage and Tax Hikes
  • Rahm the reformer?

    Despite a record of often kicking the can down the road while mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel – while on his way out the door – has come out for pension reform. J.B. Pritzker and legislative Democrats don't agree, though. Illinois Policy Director of Budget and Tax Research Adam Schuster breaks down the dynamics of all of this, and explains the way forward on pension reform.

  • Statehouse update: Could lame-duck lawmakers pass a tax hike?

    It's veto session in Springfield, which this year means a whole bunch of lame-duck lawmakers and a lame-duck governor. What bills should taxpayers keep an eye on? Could Springfield politicians really pass another tax hike right around the holidays? All this and more with Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy government affairs legislative analyst.

  • What the 2018 elections mean for taxpayers

    Illinois Policy experts break down what the Nov. 6 election results mean for Illinois moving forward. Who will call the shots between Madigan and Pritzker? What will Democrats' first orders of business be with supermajority control? What opportunities for free-market policy are ahead? All this analysis and more in the wake of this year's midterms.

  • Everything to know about a progressive income tax

    Taxpayers are hearing a lot about a progressive income tax in this year's election season, but what does it really mean for everyday Illinoisans? Illinois Policy Director of Budget and Tax Research Adam Schuster goes through all the details.