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Lt. Col. Ed Vaughan (center) is inducted into the Air Force Safety Hall of Fame in a ceremony Feb. 6.  With him are (left) Maj. Gen. Maury Forsyth, commander of the Spaatz Center at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and Col.
Marcus Quint, chief of the Air National Guard Safety Directorate. (Air Force photo by Jamie Pitcher)
Guardsman inducted into Air Force Safety Hall of Fame
The Air National Guard's former deputy director of safety has been inducted into the Air Force Safety Hall of Fame for his revolutionary, entrepreneurial approach to safety program management. In a small ceremony held here today, Lt. Col. Edward Vaughan was recognized for his "unique contribution to safety and the U.S. Air Force mishap prevention
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Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, speaks to nearly 50 international, civilian and military leaders attending the Seminar on Transatlantic Security at the George C. Marshall European Center for European Security Studies Feb. 5 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Photo courtesy of George C. Marshall European Center for European Security Studies)
(Released) McKinley: SPP important in preventing future calamities
The development of international, military-to-military relationships built through the National Guard's State Partnership Program will become vitally important in preventing future world calamities, a senior National Guard official said Feb. 5. Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, speaking to students here at the George C.
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Chaplain (Maj.) Sarah Shirley, a chaplain assigned to the Air National Guard Readiness Center at Andrews Air Force Base, has been the driving force behind the nonprofit organization Military Saves, which is geared to helping servicemembers save money and pay down debt.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt.
Jon Soucy)(Released) 'Military Saves' campaign battles debt
Servicemembers have been lulled into a false sense of financial security by marketing campaigns that encourage them to overspend. It's a real David vs. Goliath battle that Air Force Chaplain (Maj.) Sarah Shirley is all too familiar with. "We're this little guy with a slingshot up against this big giant and we're saying, 'save money, don't take out
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Maj. Gen. Raymond W. Carpenter, special assistant to the director of the Army National Guard, talks about the effectiveness of the Guard's Agriculture Development Teams in Afghanistan at the reserve component chief's panel discussion at the Reserve Officers Association's Annual Mid-winter Conference and Reserve Component Expo Feb. 3 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington. He's flanked by Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr. (left) of the Air National Guard.; and Maj. Gen. Kelly K. McKeague (right), chief of staff at the National Guard Bureau. (Photo by Master Sgt. Greg Rudl, National Guard Bureau.) Heads of reserve components discuss issues; Guard leaders point to successes and challenges for the future
Having enough equipment for domestic response missions, providing support services to warriors and families, and forging international partnerships were just a few of the topics discussed by Army and Air Guard leaders during a panel hosted here Feb. 3 by the Reserve Officers Association. The reserve component's top leaders discussed their service's
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Master Sgt. Kevin Sandberg and Tech. Sgt. Jamie Eastlick,115th Fighter Wing, tour the new kitchen in injured Army veteran Staff Sgt. Charles Isaacson’s new home. The home was built through the non-profit Homes for Our Troops program for Sergeant Isaacson and his wife, Brenda.  More than 10 Airmen from the 115 FW contributed to the home, located in Sun Prairie, during a three-day build brigade. The home features many of the special accomodations that Sergeant Isaacson needs to accomodate his injuries from the War on Terror. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Dan Richardson) Joint Force takes on new meaning as 115 FW Airmen help a Soldier in need
Philanthropy is a large part of the culture behind today's Air Force men and women. For more than 10 Airman of the 115th Fighter Wing, volunteerism hit a little closer to home recently as they put down their Air Force chevrons and picked up tools to help a Soldier in need. The Airmen volunteered to help the Homes for our Troops program which
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Air Force Staff Sgt. Joe Marrero, a close precision engagement sniper with the 204th Security Forces Squadron fires at mock coalition forces during a countersniper training exercise at McGregor Range, N.M. Photo by Daniela Vestal, Fort Bliss Public 	Affairs Office Airmen receive countersniper training before deployment
Airmen from several security forces squadrons throughout the country who are currently mobilized at Fort Bliss underwent training Thursday to learn how to mitigate sniper threats. The training is conducted by members of the 204th Security Forces Squadron, which is based at Biggs Army Airfield, said Air Force Staff Sgt. Waldemara Suarez, a training
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Air Force Staff Sgt. Russell Boozer from the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, fires at targets during a convoy live fire exercise at McGregor Range, N.M.  Photo by Maj. Deanna Bague, Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office Air Force utilizes Bliss for predeployment training
As a tenant unit at Fort Bliss, Airmen assigned to the 204th Security Forces Squadron are fully aware of the assets they have in their own backyard and utilized them the first three weeks in January to train fellow Airmen preparing to deploy. "Fort Bliss' 1.2 million acres of training area and live-fire ranges are more than adequate for our small
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A California Air National Guard C-130J Hercules cargo aircraft from the 146th Airlift Wing releases water in a test of a new Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) system in late January. The 146th was the first unit to be approved for use of the new MAFFS II system. Photo by Master Sgt. Dave Buttner, California National Guard. California has wheels up for new airborne firefighting system
A long anticipated upgrade to the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) that's used to battle the nation's wildfires was recently approved for operational use, months before the next fire season. MAFFS II was approved for use on the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing C-130J Hercules cargo aircraft, according Air Guard
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Default Air Force Logo Gates: Guard's domestic missions must not suffer
The National Guard's domestic responsibilities must not suffer because of operational missions, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. "The demand for Guard support of civil authorities here at home remains high," Gates said in a statement to the committee. "For example, the 'man-days' that Guardsmen have
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Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits with National Guard Citizen-Soldiers of Joint Task Force 29 led by the 29th Infantry Division on Jan. 19, 2009, at a temporary operations center established at Fort Belvoir, Va., to coordinate some of the 9,300 National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen who are supporting the 56th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released) National Guard on duty to support inauguration
About 9,300 National Guardsmen and women are supporting the 56th Presidential Inauguration, the Guard's largest contribution to an inauguration in its 372-year history. "The scope is incredible," Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said on Monday. "This is the largest footprint the National Guard has ever had for an
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