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Aerial Port Airmen from Alaska's Air National Guard's 176th Wing, Connecticut ANG's 103rd Airlift Wing and the Puerto Rico ANG's 156th Airlift Wing work together to load 18 pallets of U.S. mail on trucks for the United States Postal Service at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Puerto Rico, Oct. 20. Power outages and a large influx of care packages and relief items from around the world, have quadrupled the average volume of mail destined to the Caribbean island still in recovery from Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Angel Oquendo) Guard Airmen deliver mail to Puerto Rico
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria many residents of Puerto Rico look for normalcy, and one clear sign of things getting back to normal is having their mail delivered. The storm's destruction and the lack of power created issues with logistics and the ability to transport the influx of care packages and donations being sent, so the Air National Guard stepped up to help deliver the mail.
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Col. Peter Boone, Air Commander of the 165th Airlift Wing, greets WTOC videographer Sean Evans before a C-130H aircraft departs Savannah to deliver supplies to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Sept. 22, 2017. Evans is traveling along with a media team covering hurricane relief efforts on the ravaged Caribbean island. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Smith) ANG support key to media coverage of hurricanes
"Communicating the military mission lets those affected by disaster know that they are not forgotten and help is underway." That's what Kim Cornett, a senior producer at NBC News said Sept. 26 about working with the Air National Guard to bring national media coverage to the humanitarian disasters in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Airmen assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing and 106th Rescue Wing load two HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Gabreski Air National Guard Base, West Hampton Beach, New York Sept. 7, 2017. Air Guard continues massive hurricane recovery efforts
The Air National Guard continued its massive hurricane recovery efforts in multiple states today. Thousands of Airmen from nearly every state and territory were called to duty in the past weeks in the face of unprecedented back-to-back massive hurricanes that left the South reeling and broken.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jayson Waughtel, an aircraft structural maintenance specialist with the 126th Maintenance Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, and his family work on creating a family mission statement in Lake Geneva, Wis., Aug. 25, 2017. Fourteen Illinois Air National Guard families participated in a chaplain-led Strong Bonds weekend retreat to learn how to strengthen family relationships through the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families” curriculum. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) Air National Guard families spend weekend building Strong Bonds
Fourteen Illinois Air National Guard families converged on a Wisconsin hotel and waterpark lodge on a mission: To join forces for the weekend to strengthen their family bonds by learning “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families”. Chaplains and chaplain assistants from the 182nd Airlift Wing and 183rd Wing led the families through the program, which included lessons, practical exercises and time for family bonding.
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Rice, the deputy commander of the 182nd Maintenance Group, gives retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Homer Wells, a former chief of maintenance with the 182nd Tactical Air Support Group, an aircraft chock signed by the group during a ceremony honoring his service in Peoria, Ill., Aug. 24, 2017. Wells enlisted in 1947 and retired in 1984 with 37 years of service with the Illinois Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) Airmen honor chief of maintenance’s legacy
It was 1947 when Chief Master Sgt. Homer Wells enlisted with the 169th Fighter Squadron to work on F-51 Mustangs — the same year Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier and the Department of Defense was established. When Wells retired 37 years later, the chief of maintenance had worked on or supervised 11 different aircraft in a unit that underwent four re-designations, received its first Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and would soon earn a rating of “excellent” during its first Operational Readiness Inspection.
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Airmen with the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, receive dinner in Crow Agency, Mont., Aug. 1, 2017. Force Support Squadron services specialists provided meal support to the unit members while they built veterans’ homes for the Innovative Readiness Training program. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) Cooking for the field
How many MREs did it take to feed 47 military members for two weeks in field conditions? Zero, because services specialists from the 182nd Force Support Squadron were there to feed them. When the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron departed their Illinois Air National Guard base to build veteran’s houses in the middle of the rural Crow Reservation, Montana, they brought with them six Airmen armed with an on-site mobile kitchen and a mission to serve.
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Chief Master Sgt. Todd Miskelly, Air National Guard Security Forces Functional Manager and Lt. Col. Brian Griefer, Operations and Training Branch Chief, NCB/A4S present the Air National Guard Security Forces 2016 Unit of the Year award to the 129th Security Forces Squadron during a ceremony at Moffett Air National Guard Base, Calif., July 18, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/released) 129th SFS named ANG Security Forces Squadron of the Year
Chosen out of a pool of over 100 different squadrons, the 129th Rescue Wing’s Security Forces Squadron took the mantle of being the Air National Guard Security Forces Unit of the year, July 18, 2017, at Moffett Air National Guard Base, Calif.
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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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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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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.
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