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  • Midwest Roots to Commander Boots

    A new leader has assumed command the 180th Fighter Wing and a new set of expressions can be heard around the base; phrases ranging from describing Airmen as "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed" to "it's like a pig staring at a wristwatch" to describe when you don't know what you're looking at, or "long in the tooth" to describe someone's age.One of six
  • Thunder in the Sky: Toledo Air Show Returns after decade-long absence

    The Toledo Air Show, absent from the Toledo skies since before Keeping up with the Kardashian's inundated television, Pluto was removed as a planet and Apple released the iPhone, returned for the first time in more than a decade for a two-day spectacle of aerial performances July 16-17, 2016, at the Toledo Express Airport.Aircraft of all variation
  • After the blackout: Missouri Air Guardsman starts life anew

    Being told what he'd done while blacked out from heavy drinking didn't scare Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Buehler. It was a regular occurrence for the 131st Bomb Wing Citizen-Airman.This time, however, he woke up in a hospital bed to learn that he'd intentionally cut his own leg 30 times, fought with six police officers and had to be wrestled into an
  • On Guard: Suicide prevention requires attention

    "The potential [for suicide] is there for any of us" said Mark Obenour, the 111th Attack Wing director of psychological health (DPH) here. "You don't know what trauma you'll face."No one is exempt from life changes. Unexpected occurrences and traumatic experiences beyond our control are inevitable. And while people may experience similar
  • Intercept missions increase pilot readiness

    Through the small window in the back left-side of the private plane, they were easy to spot. Two Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons were quickly approaching. The pilots were talking on the radio, trying to get a response."Where are you heading? What are you doing? I need you to land."The conversation was kind to start with, and quickly got
  • DTS for Dummies Part 2: A trip down memory lane with your travel voucher

    Editor's Note: This is the second of a three-part commentary series about navigating through the Defense Travel System. In this installment, the author -- who has slightly increased her DTS proficiency since the first segment of the series -- concentrates on the DTS voucher process.Generally, my experience with all-engulfing angst is grappling
  • Oregon Guardsmen team up to host 46th year of kids' camp

    Trepidation, disbelief, anxiety... these emotions and more were seen on the faces of the 160 or so kids as they stepped off the bus on day 1 to the bumping music, high fives and cheers from the staff and counselors at Camp Rosenbaum. Fast forward 5 days and their faces now show excitement, joy, contentment.Camp Rosenbaum 2016 began Sunday and came
  • DTS for Dummies Part 1: A quick trip into my personal defense travel revelations

    Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part commentary series about navigating through the Defense Travel System. In this installment, the author - who has amassed a considerable amount of turmoil with military travel over the years - concentrates on the DTS authorization process.As a military writer, I know words; generally, they don't
  • SCANG Spotlight, Senior Airman David Wilkins

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Wilkins serves to ensure that the South Carolina Air National Guard's electronic data and information systems are secure."My job is to secure information, classified or unclassified, according to procedure on computer, communication and security emissions," said Wilkins, a cyber surety journeyman assigned to the
  • Avoid 'death by slides' with five lesson plan reasons

    It's a common fear to give instruction before a group, but experts at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center said recently that if you put presentation slides aside, and take time to plan, you can write lessons that feel comfortable and make class less punishing."Just relying on PowerPoint is not an effective way to give a lesson," said
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