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Tech. Sgt. Jeff Childs, 173rd Fighter Wing sheet metals shop, requires a small mirror to help ensure his cutting tool does not cut the wing spar while taking fine cuts measuring only a thousandths of-an-inch on the skin of an F-15 aircraft wing. While removing the quarter inch of titanium skin covering the wing, the delicate part is ensuring he does not
damage the underlying spar. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released)
Kingsley Airman leverages fabrication background to keep F-15s airborne
What keeps the oldest fighter aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory airborne? The trend is increasing ingenuity and resourcefulness.Picture a muscle car, vintage 1978, and what it would mean to take that car to the quarter-mile track and ask for every last ounce of power and torque possible from its engine, running the RPMs to the red,
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2015
U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Penny Snoozy poses in selfies to demonstrate how natural and soft lighting can improve photograph quality at Kingsley Field, Ore. March 2, 2015.  Snoozy offers tips to keep Airmen professional in their social media endeavors to positively influence community opinion.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo illustration by Senior Airman Penny Snoozy/released) Good, bad, ANG members influence community opinion with #selfies
Air National Guard members should use discretion when taking and sharing self-portraits.With the rise of technology and social media, sharing photos with family and friends is easier than ever. But when using social media like Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat the self-portrait, or "selfie" reigns supreme.If you have a smart phone, you are taking
0 3/03
2015
Capt. Jessica Kenney, 111th Attack Wing bioenvironmental engineer, conducts operations at her workstation with the assistance of Tech. Sgt. Joseph Runewicz, 111th ATKW, Feb. 12, 2015, Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa.  Bioenviornmental engineering technicians focus on supporting all aspects of the wing's mission such as: flight operations, maintenance, aerial port, logistics, vehicle maintenance, civil engineering and services. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum/Released) Bioenvironmental Engineering: helping to keep Guardsmen healthy
Many people know us, but few people know just what we do. When asked, some respond: "(Bioenvironmental engineers) run the gas mask fit test program." Another may answer: "They come around to my shop and make sure I'm wearing (personal protection equipment)." While both of those are true, the bioenvironmental career field has many more aspects; it
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2015
Ask yourself....What’s the best feedback gift you’ve ever received?  How has feedback benefited you in your work?  Why is it difficult to give – or to receive – the gift of feedback? (U.S. Air National Guard Graphic by Senior Master Sgt. Mary-Dale Amison) Feedback: The Perfect Gift
It's the most wonderful time of the year - a time to run around stores late into the night, looking for the perfect gifts to give to family, friends and even co-workers.  Workplace holiday gifts can be the most problematic - there are all those government ethics rules, hierarchy sensitivities and office politics to consider.  How do you decide the
0 12/19
2014
131st Bomb Wing Missouri National Guard Citizen-Airmen from the 131st Bomb
Wing's Six-Below Council show their volunteer spirit picking up trash near
Whiteman Air Force Base on a section of road in Knob Noster, Missouri. The
Council is a great way to meet people, voice concerns and give back to the
community. I hate moving, but...
Although I already stated it in the headline, I still feel the need to restate it. I hate moving.Two months ago I moved from St. Louis to Kansas City. As I was moving my wife's heavy roll-top desk into our new home, I swore to her that this most recent move will definitely be our last. Despite being Air National Guard and never "PCSing," I have
0 12/08
2014
Default Air Force Logo Strong mentorship promotes success, motivates Airmen to strive for excellence
Almost every successful leader, civilian or military, will attest to having that unique person or persons, who motivated, inspired or helped them in a way that led to the success in their careers. Of course, there are many people from every walk of life that fulfill this role every hour of every day.  It could be a parent, a teacher, a coach, a
0 11/27
2014
Default Air Force Logo Love, War: How to have good relationships with those you care about most
Going into the new mission for the 188th Wing, every single one of us has a real opportunity to perform an active, meaningful role in our nation's defense on a daily basis. Our new mission is important, and your contribution to our mission really matters. However, there is a time for war and a time for peace.Although we will have the capacity to
0 11/26
2014
Default Air Force Logo ANGRC honor our veterans
The first sergeant formed up the Airmen and called the formation to attention. This is how the morning began for more than 500 members of the Air National Guard Readiness Center at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Airmen and civilian members gathered for morning reveille Nov. 7 to recognize and honor veterans. Brig. Gen. Michael R. Taheri, the
0 11/07
2014
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Service members should consider legal documents and family plans that are needed to help make important decisions should they or a loved one become unable to do so. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) Don't wait to obtain crucial documents
I learned these past months that having "advanced medical directives" and other documents make a family emergency more manageable. It is one less issue to fix when emergencies arise.I remembered that someone called them advanced directives during an event held to provide them for families here at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. My
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2014
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle from the 173rd Fighter Wing is almost unrecognizable as a fighter aircraft with multiple pieces missing from its body while sitting in the hangar at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore. Oct. 16, 2014.  This aircraft is going through phase maintenance where the 173rd FW maintainers closely inspect the aircraft for cracks and other types of damage, verifying that the 30 plus year old aircraft is safe to fly.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar/Released)  F-15 maintenance; the relationship between jet and maintainer
The life of a 173rd Fighter Wing maintainer at Kingsley Field, Oregon has fundamental qualities; first off you will be busy...really busy. The base routinely prepares 12 jets on a given day so 10 can fly in the morning and eight of those can fly in the afternoon. Every morning this creates a beehive of activity as numerous shops tend to the care of
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2014
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