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Default Air Force Logo Commission: Invest in the National Guard
An independent commission has recommended changes for the National Guard and the five other reserve components to reflect their transformation from a strategic reserve to an operational force. "At the core of these changes is the explicit recognition of the evolution of the reserve components from a purely strategic force, with lengthy mobilization
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Commission: Invest in the National Guard
An independent commission has recommended changes for the National Guard and the five other reserve components to reflect their transformation from a strategic reserve to an operational force. "At the core of these changes is the explicit recognition of the evolution of the reserve components from a purely strategic force, with lengthy mobilization
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Air Guard Chief Appointed CCAF Vice Commandant
A chief master sergeant from the South Dakota Air National Guard became a part of the Community College of the Air Force's (CCAF) history books in January when he was appointed as its first enlisted vice commandant. As vice commandant, Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Thornell now works as a senior enlisted manager for the CCAF at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force
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2008
Airmen from the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing at Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, receive training from 477th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.  The Reservists were training the Air Guardsmen on launch and recovery procedures for an F-22 Raptor in case an aircraft might be  diverted to the nearby Air Guard base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Garrett Hothan) Reserve Airmen train Guardsmen on Raptor
Reservists here are training members of the Air National Guard as part of total force integration.Airmen from the 477th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here trained 13 Airmen from the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing Jan. 13 on take-off and recovery procedures for the F-22 Raptor. The Air Guard unit is stationed at nearby Kulis Air National
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2008
Tech. Sgt. Kyle Gurnon takes a seat next to the rear cargo door of a C-130  Hercules while taxiing for departure Jan. 9 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, January, 9. Sergeant Gurnon is a Rhode Island Air National Guard loadmaster with the 143rd Airlift Wing at Quanset State Airport. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers) 
Total force provides seamless airlift support
Nearly 60 Air National Guardsmen finished a 10-week tour of duty Jan. 11 with the 38th Airlift Squadron here where they'd collectively hauled more than 283 tons of cargo throughout Europe in 109 sorties on C-130 Hercules aircraft.Their mission was a testament of how seamlessly Guard, Reserve and active-duty members have learned to work together as
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Oregon F-15s to fly again
After more than two months of being grounded, the F-15s from the 173rd Fighter Wing were expected to start flying again Jan. 10.The jets have been grounded since Nov. 2 after a Missouri Air National Guard F-15 from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport broke apart during flight and crashed. Since then, all F-15 units around the country have been
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2008
Senior Airman Daniel Young marshals in an A-10 Thunderbolt II for munitions disarming after an Oct. 28 mission at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. The A-10C's are assigned to the 104th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, which is made up primarily of members from the 175th Maryland Air National Guard. Airman Young is a Maryland Air National Guard crew chief. The 104th EFS is the first unit to use the C-model A-10 in a combat zone. Its upgrades have made air power more efficient and have streamlined the close-air-support mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Angelique Perez)
Upgraded A-10s prove worth in Iraq
A new version of the A-10 Thunderbolt II has been flying over Iraq providing close-air support for the ground troops from Al Asad Air Base for nearly two months.As part of the Precision Engagement Upgrade Program, the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing has been converting it's A-10s from A to C models."We are the first A-10C model squadron to
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2008
A 438th Air Expeditionary Group weapons loading team prepares to mount a Joint Direct Attack Munition to an A-10C Thunderbolt II using an MJ-1 “jammer” vehicle here. The Airmen made history in Iraq when their upgraded A-10s successfully employed JDAMs in combat. Because the weapon is guided to targets by pinpoint GPS coordinates, experts here say it is 100 percent more accurate than munitions previously employed on the A-10C Thunderbolt II, dramatically improving precision and reducing fratricide. The Airmen are deployed from the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, located in Baltimore, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. D. Clare) Air Guard pilots, maintainers make history in Iraq
Capt. Brian "Snap" Curland, a deployed member of the 175th Fighter Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, made history here when he dropped the first Joint Direct Attack Munition from the newly upgraded A-10C Thunderbolt II in combat Sept. 19.The captain's strike, and the Air Guard's participation and support of precision engagement for the A-10, mark
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2008
Default Air Force Logo National Guard's eye in the sky wows firefighters
In the same sky from which the National Guard drops flame-suffocating retardant and dumps water on the Southern California wildfires, a camera hanging from the belly of an aircraft gives firefighters unprecedented information about their enemy's progress.The National Guard's fleet of 11 sleek, gray RC-26 aircraft have been a key asset assisting law
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2008
Air Force Staff Sgt. Kevin Gordon, Senior Master Sgt. Patrick Obrien and Senior Airman Kevin Green construct a special cell, Dec. 27, 2007, that will be used to hold detainee witnesses during military commissions. This is one of many new features of the Expeditionary Legal Complex. JTF Guantanamo conducts safe and humane care and custody of detained enemy combatants. The JTF conducts interrogation operations to collect strategic intelligence in support of the Global War on Terror and supports law enforcement and war crimes investigations. JTF Guantanamo is committed to the safety and security of American service members and civilians working inside its detention facilities. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Shanita Simmons) ELC phase one nears completion
The first phase of a $10.2 million project to construct the Expeditionary Legal Complex here inches closer to completion as Air Guard civil engineers put their finishing touches on its various structures.With a scheduled phase one completion date of Jan. 15, Air Force Lt. Col. James Starnes, commander of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering
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2008
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