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U.S. California Air National Guardsmen, Tech. Sgt. Joshua Tidwell, (left) and Senior Airman Juan Ortiz, crewchiefs with the 129th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., remove a broken windshield from an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter during Angel Thunder 2015 exercises at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., June 2, 2015. The windshield was damaged due to flying debris. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachael Kane/Released) 129th Rescue Wing teams up with Navy on Phase Inspections
When it comes to conducting 600-hour phase inspections to ensure that helicopters are fully mission-capable, repeating the mantra "Do more with less" has its limitations.Phase inspections are mandated every two years or when an aircraft accumulates 600 hours of flight time, often require up to eight maintainers at a time and can take the better
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2016
Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Dwayne Farr, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, poses with one of his bicycles during a photo shoot at the air base Public Affairs office, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., April 7, 2013. Farr has been training and racing as an endurance cyclist during the past four years and was part of the Military World Games in Mungyeoung, Korea, October 6, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released) Top military cyclist trains for two callings
With endurance cycling, nearly every part of the sport is tough; from the demands of distance and the quality of the competitors, to changing natural elements on any given day.For Tech. Sgt. Dwayne Farr, those difficulties pale in comparison with splitting his time between the compulsory grind of bicycle training to his no-fail mission with the
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2015
Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Anthony Victoria, 142nd Fighter Wing Force Support Squadron commander, left, presents The Meritorious Service Medal to Chief Master Sgt. Jean Allen, right, during her formal retirement ceremony from the Air National Guard, Dec. 22, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs) Chief Jean Allen: Wingman, Air Force spouse and mom
Its early and still dark on Oct. 4, as a handful of Airmen arrive to a dimly-lit warehouse here on base for their monthly Honor Guard training. As they wander in the door and shake off the early fall chill, they are greeted with hot coffee and a warm smile from Chief Master Sgt. Jean Allen, the 142nd Fighter Wing Force Support Squadron
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2015
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - A photo, autographed by Airmen on the Air National Guard's 2015 U.S. Air Force Marathon team, overlooks the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center campus here Dec. 11, 2015, atop Chief Master Sgt. Edward Walden's desk. Walden, TEC's commandant, managed the runners. They earned second place among other major commands that competed on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) Air National Guard's marathon time solidifies 2016 team's workup
Chief Master Sgt. Edward Walden had been waiting, ensuring the Air National Guard marathon team, their units, friends and family that they ran very well, when the race officials made an anticipated announcement.He sat in his office here Dec. 10 overlooking the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. He smiled. He handed over a recent article on
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2015
Master Sgt. Carlos Recoder, who has been training Airmen since 2006, is a MTI serving on an active guard reserve tour. An AGR is a reservist in a federal military program that places reserve Airmen on active duty service. (Photo by Minnie Jones, circa 2011) Becoming an MTI: What it takes
After first transitioning from active duty to the Air Force Reserves, one former Marine turned transportation operator started to wonder if he had made a bad career move.  "[Bus driving] was boring to me," said Master Sgt. Carlos Recoder, a Reservist assigned to the 433rd Training Squadron at JBSA-Lackland. "Then I found out about this program --
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2015
An unknown man poses in front of a downed B-17 Flying Fortress, tail number 4337569, following a dogfight which occurred, Dec. 24, 1944. The aircraft's crew included 1st Lt. Vernal Cuno Becker, the tail gunner on the mission, and great-uncle of current U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James McCloskey. (Courtesy photo) Coming full circle: A Chief uncovers great uncle's WWII crash site, 70 years later
The date is Dec. 24, 1944, in the midst of World War II, and while most Americans are at home preparing for a Christmas with their families, 1st Lt. Cuno Vernal Becker, an armament officer with the 836th Bomb Squadron, 487th Bomb Group, is boarding his B-17 Flying Fortress, about to take part in mission number 760 -- the 8th Air Force's largest
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2015
Air Force Capt. John D. Fesler stands in front of doorway to the Blue Room in Cross Hall of the White House. Fesler is the first Airman from the Air National Guard to serve as a White House social aide. (Photo courtesy of National Guard Bureau) Airman appointed first White House Social aide from the Air National Guard
Since President Theodore Roosevelt established the White House Social aide program nearly 114 years ago, the White House has never had an Air National Guard officer until now.Capt. John D. Fesler, a native of Lebanon, Tennessee, recently began his duties as a White House social aide, an honor and privilege only reserved for military officers who
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2015
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Corbit, vehicle mechanic, uses a plasma cutter at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith, Ark., to remove eyelets Sept. 1, 2015. Airmen within Vehicle Maintenance handle all maintenance concerns for registered vehicles and technical support for ex-registered vehicles. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Cody Martin/Released) 188th vehicle maintainers prove to be high speed
Since the invention of the wheel, transportation has added efficiency to endeavors man can accomplish. With this advent of technology also came the maintainers of the machinery. Current forms of transportation need to be maintained in order to prevent failures and repaired to fix damage. The 188th Wing's vehicle maintainers face these issues head
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2015
Default Air Force Logo Puerto Rico ANG Starbase program opens kids to STEM education
For almost two decades, the initial dream to create a program that would fulfill the technological educational needs of children, has evolved into a hands-on teaching environment, which today is known as the Starbase Program.Since the Puerto Rico National Guard youth program launched in 1994, it has graduated 24,123 students.Starbase Puerto Rico,
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2015
National American Indian Heritage Month poster Thankfulness Equals Forgiveness
November is a time to give thanks, reflect on our Native American heritage, and to honor our nation's veterans.Is it ironic that we observe the Native American Heritage, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day all in the same month?  Maybe it is simply a way to remind us, no matter the struggle or battle, hearts can be mended through a spirit of
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