• 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
  • Angel Reign: Joint Training in the Outback

    The 129th Rescue Wing departed Moffett Federal Airfield on June 26 for Townsville, Australia as part of joint training exercise Angel Reign. While there, California Air Guardsmen participated in a diverse set of search and rescue (SAR) training exercises with the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Army."This mission is about the 129th
  • Former AF recruiter uncovers ANG applicants' 'story behind a story'

     "Everybody he encountered in life always treated him badly -- treated him like there was something wrong with him," she says, voice quivering in the middle of a story about an Air Force applicant she hoped to recruit. One of many stories.Tech. Sgt. Elisha Rhodes diverts her gaze. She seems to call on her years of military bearing to halt her tears
  • Firefighters perform CPR, save life

    They were more than 10 hours into their shift when the call came in. None of them knew the impact they were about to make, or that the events of May 24 would be burned into their memories forever.Capt. Jeffery Barker, Mathew Bartol, Steven Dempsey, Chris Klapoetke, Casey Klossner, Ryan Pafford and Joshua Popanz, firefighters for the 115th Fighter
  • Missouri Air National Guardsman receives prestigious safety award

    The Air National Guard Safety Center recently selected Senior Master Sgt. James Sutton, weapons safety manager for the 131st Bomb Wing, for the prestigious 2015 Air National Guard Individual Weapons Safety Award.The annual award recognizes Sutton's contributions to Air National Guard safety and in the Total Force environment with active duty

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