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Maj. Mark Jeffries, Mission Systems Officer in the 130th Airlift Wing out of Clarksburg, W. Va., packs up after a flood damage assessment in Indiana June 11. Jeffries was one of several pilots to fly over Indiana in the Reconnaissance Cargo - 26B (RC-26B), providing live footage of the area to the Indiana National Guard. Guard plane photographs flood damage
With the help of an advanced counterdrug aircraft, the Indiana National Guard has received live footage of flood damage throughout the state to assist with missions and help local governments plan to repair the damage. "It can show officials where roads are washed out and what damage there is to infrastructure," Maj. Mark Jeffries, the missions
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Nevadan takes to the sky as first Guard Thunderbird pilot
Nevada National Guard pilot Maj. Derek Routt has distinguished himself throughout his Air Force career by emphasizing basic character traits such as integrity and work ethic. They promise to be the same attributes Routt will uphold this fall when he becomes the first National Guard pilot to join the U.S. Air Force's Air Demonstration Squadron, the
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2008
A pararescueman from the 131st Rescue Squadron hoists the patient from the APC Peru cargo container ship in to the hovering HH-60G Pave Hawk June 18, 2008. The 129th was credited with its 559th save. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brock Woodward) Airmen transport medevac patient to new heliport
Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing performed a medical evacuation June 18 for a crewmember experiencing a medical emergency aboard the cargo vessel APC Peru. Responding to a call from the Coast Guard District 11 Alameda, two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and two MC-130P Combat Shadow aerial refueling tankers met the vessel
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2008
U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Wayne D. Kettelhut, 148th Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Specialist, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008.  The award was presented by Major General (retired) Harry J. Sieben (left), Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and Lt Col (retired) Gary Hetrick, US Army who served with MSgt Kettelhut in Iraq during the time he earned his Bronze Star with Valor.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)  (Released) Bronze Star with Valor awarded to 148th Fighter Wing EOD member
Master Sergeant Wayne D. Kettelhut, 148th Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Specialist, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008. The Bronze Star is awarded for bravery, heroism or meritorious service while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States or while engaged in
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Mission system operator Lt Col Tim Howell from the 186th Air Refueling Wing, Meridian, MS operates a console aboard an RC-26 aircraft specifically designed for viewing and transmitting high quality video and still imagery to military and civilian Operations Centers in real-time.  This capability gives military commanders and civilian first responders a bird's eye view of significant events as they happen.  Working with several state agencies along with the Wisconsin Air National Guard, the Mississippi Air National Guard RC-26 demonstrated the benefits of this new capability during an initial flood assessment mission in southern Wisconsin on June 10th, 2008.  The crew of this RC-26 flew above the flood stricken region transmitting real-time imagery to the Wisconsin Joint Operations Center (JOC) and the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center (WEOC) in addition to other agencies.  This imagery was used to asses the integrity of several area Dams in addition to flood damage assessment in the hardest hit regions of the southern half of the state. Wisconsin National Guard provides real-time video of flood damaged areas
Flying at 8,000 feet above flood ravaged Wisconsin, members of the Wisconsin National Guard with assistance from Guard units in Arkansas and Mississippi provided emergency management officials with 'eyes in the sky' to help with disaster relief efforts. Recent heavy rains have left Wisconsin rivers and lakes swollen and in many cases the
0 6/19
2008
Default Air Force Logo National Guard in two states prepare for rising river waters
More than 600 National Guard members in Illinois and Missouri will continue sandbagging operations along the Mississippi River today in an effort to thwart the floodwaters that are subsiding in Iowa. The Illinois and Missouri rivers flow into the Mississippi just north of St. Louis. Unlike 1993, flooding on those rivers is not as bad as it was
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Guard's '08 Airmen of the Year announced, honored
The Air National Guard identified its six Airmen of the Year (AOY) for 2008 following their arrival here June 15 for a week-long celebration and tribute to their achievements. This year's AOYs were chosen through a process of unit, state and national selection panels and included the ranks of senior airman through senior master sergeant. The 2008
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2008
An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. lands at the new helipad at the San Jose Regional Medical Center on June 9, 2008.  The pad has been constructed to withstand the weight of the Pave Hawk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Hughan) Elevated heliport certified for use by the 129th Rescue Wing
While patients, nurses, doctors and construction workers stared in awe, an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing landed at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose June 9. This Pave Hawk wasn't landing at the hospital for a rescue mission. It was the unit's maiden landing on a heliport that is the first in the Bay Area to be
0 6/12
2008
Two F-16 aircraft, one in the unit’s 75th anniversary color scheme, prepare for their final flight as part of the 147th Fighter Wing. (Texas Military Forces photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada) F-16 unit moves to next chapter of distinguished history
The 147th Fighter Wing stood in formation and enjoyed the breeze on their faces here June 7, while they observed the casing of the old guidon and unfurling of the new in a ceremony taking them on a new journey. The 147th marked this day in history when it ceremoniously sent off the last of its F-16 aircraft to make room for the MQ-1 Predator and a
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Default Air Force Logo Guard conference fosters Southeast European cooperation
National Guard and Department of Defense leaders and military chiefs of defense and civilian emergency planners from 10 Southeast European nations who gathered here in early June agreed to increase their joint support to NATO missions and strengthen their capacity for military support to civil authorities. U.S. and foreign officials called the
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2008
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