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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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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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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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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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Tech. Sgt. Elisha Rhodes, a recruiter with the 111th Attack Wing's Strength Management Team, stands for photo at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa., July 5, 2016. Rhodes is one the newest recruiters on the SMT here and has a background in the medical field from her time in the active-duty Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond) Former AF recruiter uncovers ANG applicants' 'story behind a story'
 "Everybody he encountered in life always treated him badly -- treated him like there was something wrong with him," she says, voice quivering in the middle of a story about an Air Force applicant she hoped to recruit. One of many stories.Tech. Sgt. Elisha Rhodes diverts her gaze. She seems to call on her years of military bearing to halt her tears
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A team of firefighters from the 115th Fighter Wing Truax Fire and Emergency Services pose for a photo outside thier fire truck in Madison, Wis., June 6, 2016. This team of firefighters helped save a woman's life by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a lifesaving technique used when someone's hearbeat has stopped or that person is not breathing. (Photo courtesy of Master Sgt. Gary Peck) Firefighters perform CPR, save life
They were more than 10 hours into their shift when the call came in. None of them knew the impact they were about to make, or that the events of May 24 would be burned into their memories forever.Capt. Jeffery Barker, Mathew Bartol, Steven Dempsey, Chris Klapoetke, Casey Klossner, Ryan Pafford and Joshua Popanz, firefighters for the 115th Fighter
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Senior Master Sgt. James Sutton stands with the 131st Bomb Wing’s primary weapon system, the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The Air National Guard Safety Center recently selected Sutton for the prestigious 2015 Air National Guard Individual Weapons Safety Award.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mary-Dale Amison Missouri Air National Guardsman receives prestigious safety award
The Air National Guard Safety Center recently selected Senior Master Sgt. James Sutton, weapons safety manager for the 131st Bomb Wing, for the prestigious 2015 Air National Guard Individual Weapons Safety Award.The annual award recognizes Sutton's contributions to Air National Guard safety and in the Total Force environment with active duty
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Senior Master Sgt. Alex brown, front, leads the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing during a march at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 7, 2014. Brown’s prior experience as military training instructor made him the unit’s resident expert on drill and ceremonies and gave him skills that, he said, helped him graduate from law school. Brown recently passed the Arizona bar exam and fulfilled a personal dream to become an attorney. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Courtney Enos) Former Air Force BMT instructor fulfills dream to practice law
For Senior Master Sgt. Alex Brown, a 20-year Air Force veteran and Arizona Air National Guard member, a life-long calling to practice law set him upon an arduous journey to fulfill a dream. The dream became reality when he passed the Arizona bar exam recently.The newly-minted licensed attorney is currently the material management superintendent for
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Master Sgt. Kelly K. Collett, broadcast manager, thrid from left, and his family take a tour of the TEC TV studios June 6, 2016, at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn., to include the American flag display in Spruance Hall. The flag was last flown on campus July 29, 1986, after a 16-year journey over the capitols of every state and territory in the United States. (U.S. Air National Guard  photo by Master sgt. Mike R. Smith/released)  Come Flag Day centennial, Center's 30 years with journeyed Stars and Stripes
The National Flag Day Foundation reports that Flag Day, soon a 100-year-old American observance, was first proclaimed May 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. The Stars and Stripes, in their birth by congress, however, were adopted June 14, 1777, and that's the day we observe it. This year, it's on a Tuesday. U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned at the I.G.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Irene Lu, a cyber transport systems specialist with the 182nd Communications Flight, Illinois Air National Guard, explains how a network patch panel operates in Peoria, Ill., April 30, 2016. Lu, a first-generation American of Chinese heritage and the only female in her shop, said that the more diversity the military has, the more one person can learn about the world and learn from different experiences. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) Why diversity is a key to success in the Air National Guard
Airman 1st Class Irene Lu, a cyber transport systems specialist with the 182nd Communications Flight, is a first-generation American of Chinese heritage and the only woman in her shop. She says that the more diversity the military has, the more one person can learn about the world and learn from different experiences."Everyone sees things
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