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  • Air National Guard families spend weekend building Strong Bonds

    Fourteen Illinois Air National Guard families converged on a Wisconsin hotel and waterpark lodge on a mission: To join forces for the weekend to strengthen their family bonds by learning “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families”. Chaplains and chaplain assistants from the 182nd Airlift Wing and 183rd Wing led the families through the program, which included lessons, practical exercises and time for family bonding.
  • Airmen honor chief of maintenance’s legacy

    It was 1947 when Chief Master Sgt. Homer Wells enlisted with the 169th Fighter Squadron to work on F-51 Mustangs — the same year Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier and the Department of Defense was established. When Wells retired 37 years later, the chief of maintenance had worked on or supervised 11 different aircraft in a unit that underwent four re-designations, received its first Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and would soon earn a rating of “excellent” during its first Operational Readiness Inspection.
  • Cooking for the field

    How many MREs did it take to feed 47 military members for two weeks in field conditions? Zero, because services specialists from the 182nd Force Support Squadron were there to feed them. When the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron departed their Illinois Air National Guard base to build veteran’s houses in the middle of the rural Crow Reservation, Montana, they brought with them six Airmen armed with an on-site mobile kitchen and a mission to serve.
  • 129th SFS named ANG Security Forces Squadron of the Year

    Chosen out of a pool of over 100 different squadrons, the 129th Rescue Wing’s Security Forces Squadron took the mantle of being the Air National Guard Security Forces Unit of the year, July 18, 2017, at Moffett Air National Guard Base, Calif.
  • Audacious Warriors EOD Training

    Explosive ordnance disposal specialists from across the nation honed their skills during two weeks of intensive training known as Audacious Warrior, an exercise held between two training bases in Wisconsin, June 19-30, 2017. Audacious Warrior began six years ago as part of a larger training event, and has continued to grow and evolve each year since becoming its own exercise.
  • Ohio National Guard Strengthens Partnership with Allied Nations

    Approximately 200 members of the 180th Fighter Wing, 179th Airlift Wing and 107th Calvary Regiment joined forces joined forces with an additional 200 military members from six allied and partner nations and 10 different airframes from throughout Europe for the two-week exercise, to include Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and the United States.
  • It’s not the rank of the Airman, but the leadership within

    Air National Guard members often wear different hats of responsibility and leadership. The different skills and experiences from one role enhance the next, even if those roles don’t seem related. At the 161st Air Refueling Wing here, one vehicle maintenance apprentice wears many hats, both literally and figuratively, enhancing and complimenting these different roles; thereby creating a more effective citizen Airman.
  • 180th Airmen Participate in Water Survival Training

    Ejecting from an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft; plunging hard under the water, uncovering a parachute, battling the elements and surviving in the water, these life or death situations are risks pilots and aircrew could face when flying over bodies of water. Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing participated in water survival training May 6, at the Aqua Hut located in Toledo.
  • Interior Guardian’s daughter signs college letter of intent

    SMSgt Rebecca Donovan's daughter Emily received a scholarship to play volleyball for Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tenn.
  • American Heroes:

    April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The Month of the Military Child helps raise awareness about the unique struggles military children face, builds resiliency to help them cope with those challenges, and celebrates their sacrifices, which often go unrecognized.
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