A little travel leads to worldwide experiences

I went through many transitions during the 7 ½ hour flight – from my seat to the floor of the aircraft back to my seat – to my head falling to the left, to the right, resting on my palms, back against the top of my seat.

I’m sure those looking on thought I was crazy!

But, my lack of comfort and inability to sleep on the KC-135 Stratotanker was a small price to pay for the experiences I’m about to encounter.

Lucky for me, the 115th Fighter Wing Force Support Squadron invited me to join them on the training adventure of a lifetime!

I’m spending my time with members of the 115 FSS and the 115 FW Logistics Readiness Squadron, as they train alongside our Air Force active-duty counterparts at Mildenhall Air Force Base, England.

The training got started immediately on the day of our arrival, as we listened to the local FSS commander, Maj. Ball, speak about his excitement having us here. He’s looking forward to his Airmen teaching us a few things and to our Airmen teaching his Airmen a few things. He’s excited to see what the combined knowledge can bring to the total force and knows firsthand the impact each other’s experiences will have on workflow and productivity as a whole. For those of you familiar with MICT (Management Internal Control Toolset) checklists, the active duty is seeking our help (as we’ve worked on these for a while now!)

The adventures to come will stand out above those we can merely obtain at home. I look forward to sharing some of those with you in the weeks to come!

Stay tuned…the Airmen of Truax Field are in England – the entire world is at their fingertips, filled with experiences some have only dreamed about!


About Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode

Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode is a photojournalist for the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wisconsin.