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  • Bombs to boom: Reserve Citizen Airman goes from cold war gunner to present-day boom operator

    Bomber, airlift and now refueling. Those are the incredible missions of one Niagara Falls Reserve Citizen Airman.Tech. Sgt. Corey Palmer, 50, is currently attending in-flight refueling training – more commonly known as Boom School – at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma.His military career started in 1988 as an active-duty tail gunner in the B-52. When
  • Air Force Reserve expands hiring authority to recruit, maintain readiness

    To meet the needs of America’s national security requirements, the Air Force Reserve Command is expanding the direct hiring authority to recruit Air Reserve Technician maintenance personnel when and where they are needed.“Direct Hire Authority (DHA) enables DoD to recruit and appoint qualified persons directly without applying competitive rating
  • Navy officer receives Air Force medal at Niagara

    Lt. Cmdr. Robert Kenning (right), Buffalo Military Entrance Processing Station commander, is presented the Air Force Achievement medal by Col. Mark Larson, 914th Air Refueling Wing commander, March 29, 2019 Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. Lt. Cmdr. Kenning was nominated for the decoration by Lt. Col. William Gourlay, 914th Security Forces
  • Freedom's front door

    The Buffalo Military Entrance Processing Station at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. is responsible for screening, interviewing and qualifying our future leaders in the U.S. military. This is the first interaction many of these applicants get with the military so this team has to make that first impression count.
  • 914th AFE trains aircrew

    Aircrew from the 914th Air Refueling Wing traveled to Naval Air Station Key West, Florida March 14, 2019 to complete Aircrew Flight Equipment’s combat survival and water survival training. Aircrew must complete the training every 36 months to stay mission qualified.
  • Airman For A Day program welcomes its newest member

    Honorary 2nd Lt. Will Lucas makes a grand entrance into the 914th Operations Group building as unit members applaud at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. on March 6, 2019. Lucas was chosen to be "Airman For A Day" which is a program sponsored by the Oishei Children's Hospital of Buffalo, N.Y. in cooperation with the 914th Air Refueling
  • Linkel assumes command of the 914 MXS

    Left to right, Lt. Col. Trevor Sthultz, 914th Maintenance Group commander, gives the guidon of command to Maj. Jak Linkel, 914th Maintenance Squadron commander, during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 2, 2019, in a hangar of the 914th Air Refueling Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lucas Morrow)
  • Command chaplain visits Niagara

    The 914th Air Refueling wing hosted Air Force Reserve Command Chaplain (Col.) Randy Marshall and AFRC Religious Affairs Functional Manager Chief Master Sgt. Natalie Gray as they met with key leadership here to offer their ministry support and see first-hand ministry support and services being offered to personnel. “It was great to see how they
  • March 2019 Barrel

    In this edition of The Barrel, we recognize an Air Force-level award winner, visit Capitol Hill, highlight EOD, review a new policy for non-deployable airmen, and talk about changes to the AGR program.
  • Todd Keffer named AF Emergency Manager of the Year

    Congratulations to Todd Keffer, 914th Air Refueling Wing, on being named the civilian Air Force Emergency Manager of the Year for 2018. Keffer was awarded this honor in recognition of his expertise and efforts while deployed to Afghanistan in 2017-2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Nichols)