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Latvian Capt. Armands Rutkis (left) and Cpl. Janis Gabranis (right), both tactical air control party specialists with the Latvian National Armed Forces, carry U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lance A. Liggett to a medical evacuation point after a simulated roadside bomb explosion at Operation Northern Strike in Grayling Air Gunnery Range, Grayling, Mich., Aug. 14, 2014. Northern Strike was a 3-week-long exercise led by the National Guard that demonstrated the combined power of joint and multinational air and ground forces. TACPs with the Air National Guard’s 169th ASOS from Peoria, Ill., and more than 5,000 other armed forces members from 12 states and two coalition nations participated in the combat training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released) US, Latvian TACPs join forces for Operation Northern Strike
Tactical air control party specialists from the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron in Peoria, Illinous, and the Latvian military joined forces in August to sharpen their special operations skills at the 3rd annual Operation Northern Strike here.The exercise brought the TACPs to one of the largest, most comprehensive training centers in the
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Staff Sgt. Lukas Fisher, an Airman with the 127th Wing Inspector General office, completed the Burning River 100-mile Endurance Run on August 2-3, 2014. Pictured are his running shoes and medal he was awarded for completing the 100 mile trek on foot. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by SSgt. Samara Taylor) 100 miles, counting for Selfridge Airman
A Selfridge Airman recently completed the Burning River 100-mile Endurance Run. Staff Sgt. Lukas Fisher, a member of the 127th Wing Inspector General office, completed the race coordinated by Western Reserve Racing Aug. 3.The run started in Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 2 and ended in Akron, Ohio, the following day.Fisher said he entered the race because
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MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- Master Sgt. Stephen Fraley, left, and Master Sgt. Juan Castro connect the training and education needs of the Air National Guard, government agencies and other services here July 28, 2014, with resources available at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Young/Released)
Educational resources manager explains it all with analogy
The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center here offers more than enlisted professional military education. Its conferences, professional and continuing education, and network productions draw thousands on campus, annually.Master Sgt. Stephen Fraley, TEC's manager of educational resources and administrative operations, handled them all well
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Crystal Steiger, an aerospace propulsion mechanic with the 116th Maintenance Group, Georgia Air National Guard, ensures tube openings are covered on a TF-33 Pratt and Whitney jet engine that is used on the E-8C Joint STARS at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 17, 2014.  Steiger was the 2013 Airman of the Year award winner for the 116th Air Control Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young/Released) Airman finds the Guard a perfect fit for her family
A team of dedicated and committed Airmen from the 116th Air Control Wing here operate and maintain the Air Force E-8C Joint STARS aircraft and continue its legacy of being "The Eyes of the Night."Some Airmen stand out above the rest. Senior Airman Crystal Steiger, an aerospace propulsion mechanic with the 116th Maintenance Squadron, is such an
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. George Kight, logistics plans and programs superintendent with the 202nd Engineering Installation Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, looks out the window of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2013. Kight earned a Bronze Star Medal for distinguishing himself by exceptionally meritorious service while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014. (Contributed photo/Released) Bronze Star recipient reflects on experience, why family matters
In an award ceremony held here recently, four Airmen from the 202nd Engineering Installation Squadron were presented Bronze Star Medals by the commander of the Georgia Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Thomas Moore.Senior Master Sgt. George Kight was among the recipients to receive the award for his actions in a combat zone while deployed to Bagram
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Then 1st Lt. Robert Brumfield, a 116th Air Control Wing operations officer, prepares to enter the passenger terminal at Forward Operating Base Shank en route to a mission in Eastern Afghanistan, July 19, 2012. (Courtesy photo) One Airman's lesson on 'The Wall' in Afghanistan
In Pink Floyd's song, "Another Brick in the Wall," it starts, "Daddy's flown across the ocean, leaving just a memory."According to Capt. Robert Brumfield, an operations officer with the 116th Security Forces Squadron, these words and a real life wall took on new meaning during his deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, from January to
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Airman 1st Class Danielle Kerrigan, 161st Operations Group aviation resource management apprentice, poses for a photo in the on-base gym, 161st Air Refueling Wing, Phoenix, Aug. 2, 2014. Kerrigan, who recently returned from Air Force basic training, competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials; placing 6th overall. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Technical Sgt. Courtney Enos/Released) Airman's competitive spirit motivates self, fellow basic trainees
An Airman assigned to the 161st Air Refueling Wing here who competed in the weightlifting Olympic trials recently returned from Air Force basic training.Airman 1st Class Danielle Kerrigan, 161st Operations Group aviation resource management apprentice, said her background in competitive sports prepared her for the mental and physical trials that
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Members from the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing stand at Lambert International Airport, St. Louis, Mo., July 8, 2014, after greeting veterans during the Greater St. Louis Area Honor Flight. (Courtesy  photo) Ransom holds war veterans’ honor in flights
She began volunteering for the Honor Flight Project in 2012 when she was at technical training and since then, has participated in 21 Honor Flights.Senior Airman Heather Ransom, a public health technician for the 126th Medical Group attached to the 126th Air Refueling Wing, helps to organize volunteers to welcome back veterans after they have spent
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Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the director of the Air National Guard, administers the oath of enlistment during a mass re-enlistment ceremony, for airmen of the 153rd Airlift Wing on July 23, 2014. Clarke visited the 153rd, and met with unit and Wyoming National Guard leaders. (Air National Guard Photo By Staff.sgt  John Galvin) Three WY Air Guard Airmen reenlist in ceremony with Director of ANG
When Master Sgt. Mark Withers first decided to reenlist for the Wyoming Air National Guard, he did not expect it to be anything out of the ordinary.With 30 years of service under his belt, Withers has seen his fair share of reenlistments; this was old news for the Cheyenne father of three.So when he received a call asking if he'd be willing to
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Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Rey Agullana, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), for Joint Forces Headquarters, in Salem, Ore., leads a discussion to sexual assault victim advocates during three days of training at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., June 24-26, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released) Focused training allows Guardsmen to enhance their roles as Sexual Assault Victim Advocates
The training can be both challenging and supportive, as trained professionals and instructors assisted victim advocates comprehend their roles, and process cases that involve sexual abuse and assault.The three days of instruction and class work, held here June 24-26, allowed members of the Oregon Army and Air National Guard bolster their skills and
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