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Master Sgt. Nora Castro and Tech. Sgt. Carolyn Tatum, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard, show off the coin they received from Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. Lt. Gen. Clarke awarded the coins for serving with distinction. . (Air National Guard photo by Airman Cody Witsaman/released)
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Director of the Air National Guard visits 136th Airlift Wing

Posted 8/28/2013   Updated 8/28/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman Cody Witsaman
136th Airlift Wing/ Public Affairs

8/28/2013 - 8/22/2013 - NAVAL AIR STATION FORT WORTH JRB, Texas -- The Director of the Air National Guard visited the 136th Airlift Wing here Aug.21 to meet with Airmen.

During the visit Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke was able to talk with Airmen from around the wing about ANG budget, deployments, and his own personal history in the Air Force.

"[Each Airmen's] questions and concerns were important to [Clarke]; so important that he wants to address them one on one," said Tech. Sgt. Carolyn Tatum, a logistics plans specialist at the wing.

"Ask me anything," the Director said to the Airmen.

It was apparent to the Airmen involved in Clarke's visit that he cares what each Airmen has to say and how each individual supports the ANG through their work and leadership.

The general later coined four deserving Airmen of the 136 AW for their outstanding achievements. He thanked and challenged each of them to use what they have learned to mentor fellow Airmen.

"I was accepting the challenge to mentor and groom others to the standards of the Air National Guard," Tatum said on being asked what the coin meant.

The Director was able to visit shops around the wing. He was able to get a firsthand look at the Airmen and Family Readiness program, and Transition Assistance Program for Airmen returning from deployments.

The goal of TAP is to expand the knowledge base of returning Airmen from 180-day plus deployments and help them with their financial planning as they transition out of active duty.

"The classroom can hold up to 50 veterans at one time," said Heidi Bearden, 136 AW Airmen and Family Readiness program manager.

The 136 AW is one of two hubs in the nation; the other is Phoenix, Ariz.

Completing the visit, Clarke said he was pleased with the work being done and was glad to have met many exemplary Airmen throughout the wing.

"All I ask of the Airmen is to serve with distinction," said Clarke.

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