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  • 'Gooney Bird,' staple of WWII, Berlin Airlift, flown by Missouri ANG

    When the U.S. Army Air Corps began its pursuit of airlift superiority in 1944, the Air Corp started with one of the most versatile planes manufactured during the World War II era - the C-47 Skytrain aircraft. And, for more than 22 years, the Missouri Air National Guard flew its own Skytrain, dubbed the "Gooney Bird." Believed to have been flown
  • US, Latvian TACPs join forces for Operation Northern Strike

    Tactical air control party specialists from the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron in Peoria, Illinous, and the Latvian military joined forces in August to sharpen their special operations skills at the 3rd annual Operation Northern Strike here.The exercise brought the TACPs to one of the largest, most comprehensive training centers in the
  • 100 miles, counting for Selfridge Airman

    A Selfridge Airman recently completed the Burning River 100-mile Endurance Run. Staff Sgt. Lukas Fisher, a member of the 127th Wing Inspector General office, completed the race coordinated by Western Reserve Racing Aug. 3.The run started in Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 2 and ended in Akron, Ohio, the following day.Fisher said he entered the race because
  • Educational resources manager explains it all with analogy

    The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center here offers more than enlisted professional military education. Its conferences, professional and continuing education, and network productions draw thousands on campus, annually.Master Sgt. Stephen Fraley, TEC's manager of educational resources and administrative operations, handled them all well
  • Airman finds the Guard a perfect fit for her family

    A team of dedicated and committed Airmen from the 116th Air Control Wing here operate and maintain the Air Force E-8C Joint STARS aircraft and continue its legacy of being "The Eyes of the Night."Some Airmen stand out above the rest. Senior Airman Crystal Steiger, an aerospace propulsion mechanic with the 116th Maintenance Squadron, is such an
  • Bronze Star recipient reflects on experience, why family matters

    In an award ceremony held here recently, four Airmen from the 202nd Engineering Installation Squadron were presented Bronze Star Medals by the commander of the Georgia Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Thomas Moore.Senior Master Sgt. George Kight was among the recipients to receive the award for his actions in a combat zone while deployed to Bagram
  • One Airman's lesson on 'The Wall' in Afghanistan

    In Pink Floyd's song, "Another Brick in the Wall," it starts, "Daddy's flown across the ocean, leaving just a memory."According to Capt. Robert Brumfield, an operations officer with the 116th Security Forces Squadron, these words and a real life wall took on new meaning during his deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, from January to
  • Airman's competitive spirit motivates self, fellow basic trainees

    An Airman assigned to the 161st Air Refueling Wing here who competed in the weightlifting Olympic trials recently returned from Air Force basic training.Airman 1st Class Danielle Kerrigan, 161st Operations Group aviation resource management apprentice, said her background in competitive sports prepared her for the mental and physical trials that
  • Ransom holds war veterans’ honor in flights

    She began volunteering for the Honor Flight Project in 2012 when she was at technical training and since then, has participated in 21 Honor Flights.Senior Airman Heather Ransom, a public health technician for the 126th Medical Group attached to the 126th Air Refueling Wing, helps to organize volunteers to welcome back veterans after they have spent
  • Three WY Air Guard Airmen reenlist in ceremony with Director of ANG

    When Master Sgt. Mark Withers first decided to reenlist for the Wyoming Air National Guard, he did not expect it to be anything out of the ordinary.With 30 years of service under his belt, Withers has seen his fair share of reenlistments; this was old news for the Cheyenne father of three.So when he received a call asking if he'd be willing to
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