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  • Ammo Airmen find a 'change of pace' with Michigan ANG

    One is an accountant. The other is an electrocardiogram technician in a hospital. This week, they are building bombs.Two Michigan Air National Guard Airmen say they were looking for a different kind of challenge - a "change of pace" from their civilian careers when they enlisted. They found it in the Ammo Flight of the 127th Maintenance Group,
  • Citizen Airman scores as 'coach-of-the-year'

    An Airman from the 116th Air Control Wing was recently recognized at the 2014 U.S. Youth Soccer Awards Gala held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the Region 3 Boys Recreational Soccer Coach of the Year.Master Sgt. Jason Butts, a ground explosives safety craftsman in the Georgia Air National Guard, turned community service into a winning combination
  • Airmen rally for bone marrow drive to save lives

    What do seat belts, immunizations, helmets and ... bone marrow all have in common?They can all save lives.Bone marrow donation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about helping others, but it's a critically important one.Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing participated in a two-day bone marrow registration drive in support of
  • Building Teamwork for the Battlefield

    Physical fitness is not just a regular part of being an Airman assigned to a Tactical Air Control Party with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron in Peoria. It is just as vital as any other type of job training.The TACP career field is demanding on the body, and requires each member to maintain a higher fitness status than average in order to
  • Holistic view to fitness

    Another member of the 132nd Wing here who is very familiar with a life of training and fitness is Staff Sgt. Travis Wirth, positioned with the cyber operations squadron and a member of the 132nd for the past six-and-a-half years.He has been doing a steady regimen of weight lifting and bodybuilding for more than 10 years. So far he has only done one
  • 'Rising Six' gets involved

    The 114th Fighter Wing Rising Six, formerly called the Junior Enlisted Council, holds a meeting once a month which focuses on supplying leadership opportunities, helping Airmen with professional development, and giving back to the local community.The Rising Six is open to all enlisted members currently assigned to the South Dakota Air National
  • Colorado's Joint Counterdrug Task Force teaches kids to never EVER do drugs

    Not only did over 43,000 kids receive a critical message about staying drug-free from local service members in 2014, they also witnessed a UH-60 Blackhawk land in their schoolyard during Red Ribbon Week, a program to help keep kids off of drugs.The Colorado Joint Counterdrug Task Force, out of Buckley Air Force Base, flew Blackhawk helicopters to
  • 116th Airman marinates in success after winning AF barbecue challenge

    The results are in, and for Tech. Sgt. Todd Houghton the taste of victory is sweet. After winning two rounds of competition, the aircraft structural mechanic with the 116th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron recently won the Air Force's first-ever High Flyin' BBQ Challenge that was held in San Antonio Sept. 25--27.Houghton went on to take first place in
  • Portland Army Air Base on 'Day of Infamy'

    As the day dawned Dec. 7, 1941, at Portland Army Air Base all was in order. By the end of the day, however, that would completely change.Portland Army Air Base was established March 13, 1941, at a time when numerous air installations of the Army Air Forces were under construction, as the United States prepared for looming conflict with the Axis
  • Prepared, vigilant, thankful

    Like most kitchens around the nation on Thanksgiving Day; the turkey is carefully crafted, while potatoes are peeled, and other side dishes are being prepared. Yet the distinction can be found here at the Alert Facility this holiday, as Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing stand on station, safeguarding the Pacific Northwest as part of the Aerospace

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