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  • Madrigal Youth Center provides safe haven for kids

    A young girl with curly blond hair offers a boy some of her 'chocolate milk,' but he smugly refuses her, announcing he knows it's actually a cup of mixed paints before resuming his game of pool, shooting with the wrong end of a cue stick. The girl giggles and rejoins her friends outside where, under the direction of Recreation Assistant Renea
  • CDC provides excellent childcare

    On the playground, "Ms. Helen" calmly helps a toddler decide which ball he wants to play with - no easy feat, since the boy is sobbing, jumping up and down, and wailing "Nooo!" to every ball she offers, but still demanding a ball nonetheless. In the preschoolers' room, "Ms. Cheryl" praises her "helpers" as a boy and girl dive their rubber
  • Basket case

    For her first 15 years in the military, her hands bandaged bloody wounds, changed soiled bedsheets, administered medicine and soothed worried brows. Over the next 15 years, they shuffled evaluation reports across desks, and eventually signed off on paperwork that reduced medical group personnel at several Air Force bases. Today, those hands,
  • Forty years of service culminate in retirement for one, continuing saga for another

    Two offices, at opposite ends of Sheppard, stand in stark contrast to each other. In Bldg. 316, one office serves notice to any visitor that they are about to meet a self-affirmed "cat lady." Kitty figurines are perched atop the monitor, crowded around the keyboard, scattered across the desk. A small refrigerator is wallpapered with joke magnets
  • 982nd instructors provide aircraft lessons for Sheppard, Air Force and beyond

    Nearly 70 instructors are providing lessons on proper maintenance of an F-16 Falcon at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. At Yokota AFB, Japan, six are teaching how to maintain a C-130 Hercules. More are instructing on how to fine tune a F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C. All of these individuals are assigned to Sheppard and are members of the
  • Command Post handles crises, emergencies head-on at Sheppard

    When some type of emergency or disaster impacts Sheppard personnel, facilities or equipment, the first people to get notification don't always have sirens attached to their vehicles or weapons and fire hoses at their hips. Often, the first person to learn of a crisis situation or some other bit of news important enough to pass on to base leadership
  • Packing it in

    Former Air Force Capt. Scott O'Grady probably never imagined having to use some of the survival equipment packed by survival equipment Airmen into his parachute when he took off in his F-16 Falcon June 2, 1995, from Aviano Air Base, Italy. The reality of why pilots are saddled with the bulky parachute and gadgets came to light that same day when a
  • Bullseye!

    A colonel and member of the Air Force Skeet Team plants his feet and assumes his stance, rifle in hand. With a command of "Pull!" a clay disc goes soaring through the air. The rifle gives an ear-ringing crack as the colonel fires - and misses his target completely. A second shooter steps up, much shorter and smaller than his counterpart. His cry of
  • Tough, but fair

    Col. Edward "Red" Black, Sheppard's first commander, was a tough, but fair man. His demeanor was one that garnered praise from higher-ranking officers, but also one that, unbeknownst to him, hindered his ability for promotion. A reputed tough but fair commander who loved good cigars, Colonel Black began his military career in 1917 at Leon Springs,
  • Fill 'er up, sir

    On an average flying day, Sheppard uses about 130,000 gallons of JP-8+100. Pilots looking to fly depend on a fleet of green refueling trucks to bring fuel from the bulk storage tanks to the flight line. Like postal couriers, the refuel drivers transport the fuel and give full service delivery regardless of the weather, unless the weather shuts down