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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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Senior non-commissioned officers, or the “Top III,” from the 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, family members, and other Airmen assigned to the unit at Eielson AFB, Alaska volunteered to pick up trash along the Richardson Highway between Eielson and Fairbanks, Alaska on September 29, 2016. The 168th’s Top III, and at least 12 other organizations that work on Eielson, are active in the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Adopt-A-Highway program and are helping keep approximately 26 miles of the highway clean. Citizen Airmen continue 19-year connection with the community
With falling winter temperatures and snow in the forecast, Airmen from the 168th Wing's Top III Council here knew they had to act fast before their window closed the chance to uphold their 19-year history of participation with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Adopt-A-Highway program."Your group has had its adopted mile of the
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Col. Randall Inman, 161 MXG commander, presents 161st Maintenance Squadron, Staff Sgt. Matthew St. Onge, crew chief and Staff Sgt. Ancel Miller, electrical environmental specialist, with a certificate to accompany their Air Force Commendation Medals Oct., 2016, 161st Air Refueling Wing, Phoenix. The Airmen were awarded the medal for rescuing a woman after a head-on car accident. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Matkin) Arizona Airmen help save woman, receive Commendation Medal
Two Arizona Air National Guardsmen were awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Oct. 2, for actions performed while deployed from the 161st Air Refueling Wing, Phoenix to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.Members of the 161st Maintenance Squadron, Staff Sgt. Matthew St. Onge, crew chief, and Staff Sgt. Ancel Miller, electrical environmental
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The Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli talks to Jodi Harris, FOX 29 planning manager for FOX News, during the FOX 29 Salutes the Military event Sept. 23, 2016 in center city Philadelphia.  For nearly a decade, the FOX News affiliate has held the event devoted to recognizing and thanking service members. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond) 
News network salutes services, local Guardsmen during annual on-air event
The darkness of 4 a.m. along Philadelphia's historic Market Street strained the lampposts' illumination of the brawny military vehicles lumbering down the route. A towable cannon weapon, an armored fighting vehicle and military-style trucks replaced the bicycles, motorcycles and cars commonly formed along the sidewalk. Camouflaged service members
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180th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Craig Baker, prepares for his final flight as the wing’s commander, July 14, 2016, concluding his historic tour as the first active duty officer to command an Air National Guard Wing. The 180FW became the first Ohio National Guard unit in history to become part of the Air Force’s Total Force Integration concept when the wing was assigned an active duty commander March 2, 2014. Baker’s assignment to the 180FW was one of the first steps in building the framework to increase overall integration between the Active Component, or AC, and the Reserve Component, referred to as RC, which is comprised of the Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker. Leaving a Legacy: 180FW builds foundation of success for Total Force Integration
Col. Craig R. Baker, relinquished command of the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, during an official change of command ceremony Aug. 8, concluding his historic tour as the first active duty officer to command an Air National Guard Wing.The 180FW became the first Ohio National Guard unit in history to become part of the Air Force's Total
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