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Default Air Force Logo Thunder in the Sky: Toledo Air Show Returns after decade-long absence
The Toledo Air Show, absent from the Toledo skies since before Keeping up with the Kardashian's inundated television, Pluto was removed as a planet and Apple released the iPhone, returned for the first time in more than a decade for a two-day spectacle of aerial performances July 16-17, 2016, at the Toledo Express Airport.Aircraft of all variation
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2016
Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Buehler, maintainer with the 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, holds his sobriety coin that reads One Day At A Time Apr. 8, 2016. Buehler demonstrates mental resilience as he has overcome alcoholism and depression by using psychological and mental health resources offered by the National Guard. Mental fitness is one of four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness in AFI 90-506. Buehler credits his supervisors with saving his career. But, Buehler isn't the only one facing this issue. Suicide is one of the most urgent problems facing the Department of Defense and society. Among the reserves and National Guard, 88 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine reservists died by suicide in 2015, while 100 Army National Guard members and 21 Air National Guardsmen killed themselves, according to a recent DoD report. The Guard has ongoing education and training programs, as well as psychological health professionals who help create a protective and resilient culture within the wings. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Halley Burgess/RELEASED) After the blackout: Missouri Air Guardsman starts life anew
Being told what he'd done while blacked out from heavy drinking didn't scare Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Buehler. It was a regular occurrence for the 131st Bomb Wing Citizen-Airman.This time, however, he woke up in a hospital bed to learn that he'd intentionally cut his own leg 30 times, fought with six police officers and had to be wrestled into an
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2016
A member of the 111th Attack Wing, Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa., display the five signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help, Sept. 8, 2016. Guardsmen play a key role in spotting fellow service members at risk for suicide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chris Botzum) On Guard: Suicide prevention requires attention
"The potential [for suicide] is there for any of us" said Mark Obenour, the 111th Attack Wing director of psychological health (DPH) here. "You don't know what trauma you'll face."No one is exempt from life changes. Unexpected occurrences and traumatic experiences beyond our control are inevitable. And while people may experience similar
0 9/11
2016
An F-16 Fighting Falcon circles a Cessna aircraft during a fertile keynote exercise in the airspace above central Wisconsin on July 12, 2016. A fertile keynote is a term used to describe practice intercept missions. The 115th Fighter Wing has been exercising its aerospace control mission since the events of 9/11. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode) Intercept missions increase pilot readiness
Through the small window in the back left-side of the private plane, they were easy to spot. Two Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons were quickly approaching. The pilots were talking on the radio, trying to get a response."Where are you heading? What are you doing? I need you to land."The conversation was kind to start with, and quickly got
0 9/11
2016
Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond, a 111th Attack Wing photojournalist, poses with faux receipts for her commentary about submitting vouchers in the Defense Travel System (DTS) at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa., Sept. 1, 2016. DTS is the travel system that handles all military travel plans and travel pay for temporary duty, or in some cases home station training, for members outside the commuting area. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum) DTS for Dummies Part 2: A trip down memory lane with your travel voucher
Editor's Note: This is the second of a three-part commentary series about navigating through the Defense Travel System. In this installment, the author -- who has slightly increased her DTS proficiency since the first segment of the series -- concentrates on the DTS voucher process.Generally, my experience with all-engulfing angst is grappling
0 9/06
2016
Capt. Randy Schumacher, a Camp Rosenbaum medic who also serves as a nurse at the Portland Air National Guard Base, explains medication to a camper. Schumacher has volunteered at Camp Rosenbaum for six years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson) Oregon Guardsmen team up to host 46th year of kids' camp
Trepidation, disbelief, anxiety... these emotions and more were seen on the faces of the 160 or so kids as they stepped off the bus on day 1 to the bumping music, high fives and cheers from the staff and counselors at Camp Rosenbaum. Fast forward 5 days and their faces now show excitement, joy, contentment.Camp Rosenbaum 2016 began Sunday and came
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2016
Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond, a 111th Attack Wing photojournalist, stares in confusion at her computer screen while working in the Defense Travel System (DTS) at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa., Aug. 8, 2016. DTS is the travel system that handles all military travel plans and travel pay for temporary duty, or in some cases home station training, for members outside the commuting area. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum) DTS for Dummies Part 1: A quick trip into my personal defense travel revelations
Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part commentary series about navigating through the Defense Travel System. In this installment, the author - who has amassed a considerable amount of turmoil with military travel over the years - concentrates on the DTS authorization process.As a military writer, I know words; generally, they don't
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2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Wilkins, a cyber asurety journeyman assigned to the 169th Communications Flight of the South Carolina Air National Guard, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., July 15, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ashleigh Pavelek) SCANG Spotlight, Senior Airman David Wilkins
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Wilkins serves to ensure that the South Carolina Air National Guard's electronic data and information systems are secure."My job is to secure information, classified or unclassified, according to procedure on computer, communication and security emissions," said Wilkins, a cyber surety journeyman assigned to the
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2016
Tammie Smeltzer, professional continuing education manager, teaches a lesson on the different levels of learning to students enrolled in the Instructor Certification Program, July 20, 2016, at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith) Avoid 'death by slides' with five lesson plan reasons
It's a common fear to give instruction before a group, but experts at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center said recently that if you put presentation slides aside, and take time to plan, you can write lessons that feel comfortable and make class less punishing."Just relying on PowerPoint is not an effective way to give a lesson," said
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2016
Members of the 129th Rescue Wing maintenance squadron unfold the main blades of an HH-60 Pavehawk shortly after its arrival at Royal Australian Air Force base Townsville for operation Angel Reign, June 28, 2016. The 129th MXS unfolded a total of two helicopters which were later used for multiple exercise missions alongside pararescuemen.   (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/released) Angel Reign: Joint Training in the Outback
The 129th Rescue Wing departed Moffett Federal Airfield on June 26 for Townsville, Australia as part of joint training exercise Angel Reign. While there, California Air Guardsmen participated in a diverse set of search and rescue (SAR) training exercises with the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Army."This mission is about the 129th
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2016
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