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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Butts, a ground explosives safety craftsman with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, holds the plaque he was presented at the 2014 U.S. Youth Soccer Awards Gala, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 17, 2015. Butts topped thousands of fellow coaches from 12 states to take the honor as the Region 3 Boys Recreational Soccer Coach of the Year for a team he coaches in Warner Robins, Georgia.  He also won the top spot as coach of the year for the state of Georgia, and his team has won three-consecutive state championships. Butts has served as a soccer coach in his community during his off-duty hours for the past seven years. (Courtesy photo/Released) Citizen Airman scores as 'coach-of-the-year'
An Airman from the 116th Air Control Wing was recently recognized at the 2014 U.S. Youth Soccer Awards Gala held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the Region 3 Boys Recreational Soccer Coach of the Year.Master Sgt. Jason Butts, a ground explosives safety craftsman in the Georgia Air National Guard, turned community service into a winning combination
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing prepare over 30-plus registration packages to send to Salute to Life Program to join the national registry of volunteer bone marrow donors during the wing's two-day bone marrow registration drive Jan. 10 2015. The Airmen volunteered to complete consent forms and a swab of the inside of their cheek as part of the Salute to Life Program. The Salute to Life Program, also known as the C.W. Bill Young/Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, works with active duty and their dependents, guard, reservist and Department of Defense civilian employees to facilitate marrow and stem cell donations. All of the donors are volunteers and since the program inception in 1991, more than 750,000 individuals to fight against blood cancer and other fatal diseases.  Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker (Released) Airmen rally for bone marrow drive to save lives
What do seat belts, immunizations, helmets and ... bone marrow all have in common?They can all save lives.Bone marrow donation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about helping others, but it's a critically important one.Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing participated in a two-day bone marrow registration drive in support of
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2015
Capt. Daniel Curtin (left) and Staff Sgt. Nicholas Menzto switch out more weight prior to another repetition of the overhead squat. Both Airman from the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, Peoria, IL, train together on a regular basis to maintain a high fitness requirement there career field requires on January 10, 2015. As Joint Terminal Attack Controllers the demanding job needs each airman to perform at peak performance alongside their Army counterparts out in the field. Besides the fitness benefits the members are getting teamwork, camaraderie and morale building are big advantages they are creating. They are building physical strength but more importantly the strength of teamwork to take to the battlefield. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson/released) Building Teamwork for the Battlefield
Physical fitness is not just a regular part of being an Airman assigned to a Tactical Air Control Party with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron in Peoria. It is just as vital as any other type of job training.The TACP career field is demanding on the body, and requires each member to maintain a higher fitness status than average in order to
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Another member of the 132nd Wing here who is very familiar with a life of training and fitness is Staff Sgt. Travis Wirth, positioned with the cyber operations squadron and a member of the 132nd for the past six-and-a-half years.He has been doing a steady regimen of weight lifting and bodybuilding for more than 10 years. So far he has only done one
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2015
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Members of the Rising Six organization serve a meal at the Banquet as part of the groups community outreach program.  On that evening they served 279 meals which included 30 meals to children.(National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Nancy Ausland/Released) 'Rising Six' gets involved
The 114th Fighter Wing Rising Six, formerly called the Junior Enlisted Council, holds a meeting once a month which focuses on supplying leadership opportunities, helping Airmen with professional development, and giving back to the local community.The Rising Six is open to all enlisted members currently assigned to the South Dakota Air National
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Airman First Class William Booker, member of the Colorado Joint Counterdrug Task Force, passes out pencils to students at Ray Kilmer Elementary School, Colorado Springs, Colo. during their Red Ribbon Week October 21, 2014. Members of the CO-JCDTF and Drug Enforcement Agency flew into the schoolyard in a Colorado National Guard Blackhawk and talked to the children about making good choices to stay healthy and drug free. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Kinder Blacke) Colorado's Joint Counterdrug Task Force teaches kids to never EVER do drugs
Not only did over 43,000 kids receive a critical message about staying drug-free from local service members in 2014, they also witnessed a UH-60 Blackhawk land in their schoolyard during Red Ribbon Week, a program to help keep kids off of drugs.The Colorado Joint Counterdrug Task Force, out of Buckley Air Force Base, flew Blackhawk helicopters to
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2014
For Tech. Sgt. Todd Houghton perfection is the standard for his barbecue. Here, he slices his competition beef brisket to be exactly the width of a pencil. Anything thinner or thicker would be put aside. “I treat my barbecue like I treat the work I do for the Air Force. This has my name attached to it. It represents me and who I am,” Houghton said. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. David Salanitri)
116th Airman marinates in success after winning AF barbecue challenge
The results are in, and for Tech. Sgt. Todd Houghton the taste of victory is sweet. After winning two rounds of competition, the aircraft structural mechanic with the 116th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron recently won the Air Force's first-ever High Flyin' BBQ Challenge that was held in San Antonio Sept. 25--27.Houghton went on to take first place in
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2014
Colonel Joseph L. Stromme, Portland Army Air Base Commander at the time of the Japanese attack in the Pacific.  He was a native of Volga, South Dakota, and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota before joining the Army at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota, in 1917.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt., Infantry, and transferred to the Air Service at Kelly Field, Texas, in December, 1917.  He served three tours in the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps, four years on staff in the War Department, graduated from the Army Industrial College and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.  He served three years as industrial planning officer on the west coast for the Air Corps at March Field, California, before coming to take command at Portland. (142FW History Archives, Robert Hall Collection) Portland Army Air Base on 'Day of Infamy'
As the day dawned Dec. 7, 1941, at Portland Army Air Base all was in order. By the end of the day, however, that would completely change.Portland Army Air Base was established March 13, 1941, at a time when numerous air installations of the Army Air Forces were under construction, as the United States prepared for looming conflict with the Axis
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2014
Oregon Air National Guard Maj. Bradley Young, a pilot assigned to the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., cuts a Thanksgiving Turkey at the Alert Facility, as Staff Sgt. Matthew Shelburne, left, and Staff Sgt. Kyle Adair, center, prepare potatoes for dinner, Nov. 27, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released) Prepared, vigilant, thankful
Like most kitchens around the nation on Thanksgiving Day; the turkey is carefully crafted, while potatoes are peeled, and other side dishes are being prepared. Yet the distinction can be found here at the Alert Facility this holiday, as Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing stand on station, safeguarding the Pacific Northwest as part of the Aerospace
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2014
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kelvin Oxendine, an airborne operations technician with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, plays a Native American hand drum he created, Ocmulgee National Monument, Macon, Ga., Nov. 5, 2014. Oxendine is a member of the Lumbee Indian tribe out of Robeson County, North Carolina. The tribe has more than 55,000 members with two of the members serving together in the Georgia Air National Guard at Robins Air Force Base. Oxendine and a fellow Airman are descendants of Henry Berry Lowry, a young Native American Revolutionist who rose up in 1865 to fight injustice being directed against his people who are the modern day Lumbee Indians. Lowry came to be known as the Indian Robin Hood for his exploits. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released) In footsteps of warriors: Legendary 'Indian Robin Hood' descendants thrive in Georgia Guard
In 1865 a young Native American Revolutionist named Henry Berry Lowry, rose up from the swamps in North Carolina to fight racial injustice being directed against his people who are the modern day Lumbee Indians.After witnessing his father and brother being forced to dig their own graves and then executed by the Confederate Home Guard, Lowry and a
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