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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kristin Bandy, with the 121st Medical Squadron, shows off her Airman-to-Airman coin during the 121st Air Refueling Wing awards ceremony April 2, 2017 at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. Bandy received numbered coin 80 for her efforts in improving the Airmen’s experience in the medical clinic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson) Airmen recognizing Airmen, a new tradition
Receiving a coin, from a Commander or Chief, in recognition of outstanding performance has been a long standing tradition within the military.
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Security forces specialists assigned to the 182nd Security Forces Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, initiate a maneuver to apprehend a simulated combative rioter during civil disturbance training in Peoria, Ill., March 4, 2017. The squadron trains in confrontation management as part of the Air National Guard’s mission to be the first choice for homeland operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) Family, employers help keep Peoria Air Guardsmen always on mission
The National Guard Bureau says that success in serving with the Guard is like a three-legged stool made up of the service member, the family and the civilian employer. If one of the legs can’t support the stool, the entire structure could collapse.
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Tech. Sgt. Tom Burden displays his invention, the Grypmat. Inventor, Entrepreneur, Airman: 180th Fighter Wing Airman embraces innovation
Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Bill Gates; these are a few of the names which come to mind when people talk about success. Tom Burden is not on this list… yet.
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Airmen with the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, donate blood in Peoria, Ill., Feb. 5, 2017. Peoria’s Airmen exceeded the unit’s goal by 14% and provided 57 pints of blood during a national emergency need appeal by the American Red Cross. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) Airmen answer the call to donate blood during national shortage
It’s the job of National Guardsmen to “answer the call”, and the Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing did exactly that at an American Red Cross blood drive Feb. 5. In a follow-up to the Air National Guard unit’s December blood drive, 75 unit and family members signed up to donate at the event hosted by the 182nd Company Grade Officers Council. Eligible donors gave a total of 57 pints of blood, or 7 1/8 gallons, which exceeded the wing’s goal by 14 percent.
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Staff Sgt. Timothy Mannion, the Three Man on the load crew, drives the jammer while Tech. Sgt. Lucas Hagopian, Weapons Load Crew Chief, oversees the load crew arming the 104th Fighter Wing's F-15 Eagle operations at the U.S. Air Force's Weapons System Evaluation Program at Tyndall, Air Force Base. The purpose of WSEP is to gauge operational effectiveness, to verify weapons system performance, determine reliability, and evaluate capability. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey) Barnestormer Airmen Deliver Munitions for the Mission
Air Power starts with the weapons loaders as they bring the boom to the Weapons Systems Evaluation Program (WSEP), at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. A crew of three Airmen from the 104th Fighter Wing step to the aircraft preparing to load munitions for the mission at WSEP. “You load the aircraft up and the missiles are gone when they return back to the base,” said Staff Sgt. Nick Albert. “We don’t get to see that every day. It’s cool to see the jets come back without the missiles and know we were a part of making it happen.” Tech. Sgt. Lucas Hagopian, Staff Sgt. Timothy Mannion, and Staff Sgt. Nick Albert are a team of three weapons loaders from Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. Their mission is to ensure weapons loaded on the 104th Fighter Wing’s F-15 Eagles work properly for air crews at home station and deployed.
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From right to left, Staff Sgt. Charlissa Adams, Master Sgt. Danielle Heidrick, Senior Airman Igor Karlov and Staff Sgt. Heikell Perez, all from the 111th Attack Wing at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa., furiously assemble hoagies for the Liberty USO in an event hosted by Wawa Inc., in Cheltenham, Pa., Nov. 10, 2016. The Air Guard team raised $1,500 for the USO chapter that supports Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)
Pa. Guard's 111th ATKW takes home honors, dough for Liberty USO
On Veterans Day eve, the 111th Attack Wing - via the Liberty USO - secured bragging rights and a $1,500 charitable donation during the Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building contest supported by Wawa Inc., in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, Nov. 10.The Army National Guard, as well as Pennsylvania's Cheltenham Police Department and Glenside Fire
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Capt. Hilary Styer, the full-time 111th Attack Wing judge advocate, reviews legal paperwork for Tech. Sgt. Thomas Stern, a 111th Security Forces Squadron security specialist, Nov. 11, 2016, at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa. National Guard legal offices offer advice on civil, personal and legal matters. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond) Air Guard JAGs prove a powerhouse in protecting, maintaining and caring for Airmen
With a 72-hour notice, an Air Guardsman can shed their civilian status and respond to a homeland or federal military mission. Such an expedient turnover requires sound preparation and a supportive foundation.A Guardsman's training, tactics and toughness are imperative, but futile in the absence of the proper administrative bedrock. Mission
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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General of Oregon, left, presents The Legion of Merit certificate to Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, the outgoing 142nd Fighter Wing commander, right, during the 142nd Fighter Wing change of command ceremony, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Nov. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs) Fitzgerald remembers flying and leadership challenges upon retirement
Most fighter pilots can trace their aspirations to fly from an experience early in life. Often the stimulus comes from a family connection or the rush of seeing and hearing a jet performance in person. For Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, a trip with a classmate to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona cast the die for a career in the cockpit."I was about 9-10 at
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Senior Master Sgt. Jeffery Olavarria, 111th Logistics Readiness Squadron readiness flight superintendent, speaks to a 111th Attack Wing member about current deployment operations within the Wing at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa. Oct. 26, 2016. Members of the 111th LRS are responsible for ensuring all members have met Air Force compliance before outprocessing to the deployed location. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)
Guard's 111th LRS at the forefront of AF compliance among looming deployments
With the 111th Attack Wing here facing its most diverse deployment cycle in more than two years, the 111th Logistics Readiness Squadron is currently supporting its Guardsmen in Air Force compliance.Next year, approximately 70 Wing members are arranged to fulfill world-wide activations to support the Air Force mission - an unachievable task without
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Airmen and family members await the arrival of 34 Airmen from the 168th Wing who returned from a two-month deployment in Southwest Asia, October 16, 2016. Following the landing, family members, friends, and co-workers were guided to the hangar where they welcomed home the returning Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Mae S. Olson/Released) Alaska Guardsmen return from deployment
Thirty-four Airmen from the 168th Wing returned home from a deployment to Qatar on Oct. 16, and if previous deployments are any indication of mission tempo, these Airmen were busy.Aircrew and maintenance Airmen from the 168th deployed transferred more than 30 million pounds of fuel, and flew more than 1,000 hours in support of the United States and
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