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Tech. Sgt. Matthew Vandermolen, left, and Tech. Sgt. Erich J. Sanford, explosive ordnance disposal specialists with the Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wis. provide emergency first aid to an injured team member during the Audacious Warrior exercise at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 27, 2017. The 12 day long exercise utilized the extensive training facilities of Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center and Fort McCoy Total Force Training Center to provide EOD teams from eight different states comprehensive classroom and scenario based training in EOD tactics and procedures difficult to obtain at their respective home stations. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman) Audacious Warriors EOD Training
Explosive ordnance disposal specialists from across the nation honed their skills during two weeks of intensive training known as Audacious Warrior, an exercise held between two training bases in Wisconsin, June 19-30, 2017. Audacious Warrior began six years ago as part of a larger training event, and has continued to grow and evolve each year since becoming its own exercise.
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2017
An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, flies alongside a Hungarian JAS 39 Grippens during exercise Load Diffuser 17 at Kecskemet Air Base, Hungary, May 25, 2017. More than 150 Airmen from the 180FW and eight F-16s are participating in the Hungarian led, two week multinational exercise focused on enhancing interoperability capabilities and skills among NATO allied and European partner air forces by conducting joint operations and air defenses to maintain joint readiness, while also bolstering relationships within the U.S. Air National Guard’s State Partnership Program initiatives. Ohio became state partners with Hungary in 1993. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker. Ohio National Guard Strengthens Partnership with Allied Nations
Approximately 200 members of the 180th Fighter Wing, 179th Airlift Wing and 107th Calvary Regiment joined forces joined forces with an additional 200 military members from six allied and partner nations and 10 different airframes from throughout Europe for the two-week exercise, to include Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and the United States.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan Sheaffer, 161st Air Refueling wing vehicle maintenance apprentice, removes a bolt from a water separator filter on an R-11 refueling truck at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, May 3, 2017. The R-11 truck holds up to 6,000 gallons of fuel and is used to refuel the wing’s KC-135 Stratotankers. It’s not the rank of the Airman, but the leadership within
Air National Guard members often wear different hats of responsibility and leadership. The different skills and experiences from one role enhance the next, even if those roles don’t seem related. At the 161st Air Refueling Wing here, one vehicle maintenance apprentice wears many hats, both literally and figuratively, enhancing and complimenting these different roles; thereby creating a more effective citizen Airman.
0 6/19
2017
Lt. Col. Nicholas Zetocha, air sovereignty alert commander assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, crashes into the water after being dragged in to simulate an ejection landing May 6, 2017 during water survival training at the Aqua Hut in Toledo, Ohio. Constant training ensures Airmen maintain the highest standards and are ready for worldwide deployments at all times. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Hope Geiger) 180th Airmen Participate in Water Survival Training
Ejecting from an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft; plunging hard under the water, uncovering a parachute, battling the elements and surviving in the water, these life or death situations are risks pilots and aircrew could face when flying over bodies of water. Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing participated in water survival training May 6, at the Aqua Hut located in Toledo.
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2017
Emily Donovan, daughter of Senior Master Sgt. Rebecca Donovan, 168th Force Development superintendent, Alaska Air National Guard, answers questions from Devin Fry, sports anchor from Fairbanks’ CBS affiliate, and Danny Martin, sports editor of Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, inside the Ben Eielson High School library, April 27, 2017, Eielson AFB, Alaska. Donovan, will be playing college volleyball in Tennessee and will study exercise science and sports psychology. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paul Mann/Released) Interior Guardian’s daughter signs college letter of intent
SMSgt Rebecca Donovan's daughter Emily received a scholarship to play volleyball for Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tenn.
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2017
The latest recruit at the 180FW, Finley, came to work with her father, Master Sgt. Brad Haas, a recruiter assigned to the wing. There are more than 200,000 military children under the age age of five with parents in the National Guard or Reserves. These children face all the same challenges of other children growing up, but they also face the added struggle of parents who might deploy to distant locations, even combat zones, for long periods of time, missing major milestones such as birthdays, school recitals, and sporting events. Air National Guard Photo by Airman Hope Geiger American Heroes:
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The Month of the Military Child helps raise awareness about the unique struggles military children face, builds resiliency to help them cope with those challenges, and celebrates their sacrifices, which often go unrecognized.
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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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2017
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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2017
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.
0 3/09
2017
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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