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  • Bringing to life the ORANG 75th Anniversary F-15 Eagle

    The idea started with Col. Jeff Smith in November, when he was the maintenance group commander; he asked if anyone had ideas for a paint scheme to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Oregon Air National Guard. Master Sgt. Paul Allen submitted a nice, albeit small, design for the vertical tail surfaces.Smith says he looked at the design and
  • Logistics manager, former instructor has new assignment: training officers

    When Master Sgt. Don Pierson is on campus, he's likely into something unforeseen ... if you can track him. Each day changes, as if through a Magic 8-Ball. It shakes up, and the random possibilities go from "Outlook Good" to "Ask Again Later."    During his last four years at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, Pierson, the logistics
  • ANG air advisors building Afghanistan Air Force one flyer at a time

    It's a simple meal of stewed beef and onions, naan bread, and rice. Or maybe it's sharing a pot of tea and talking about family. Moments like these are not often what comes to mind when looking for milestones to celebrate, but for the U.S. Air National Guard C-130H Hercules aircraft instructors and their Afghanistan Air Force students, they
  • Constant Vigilance16 a profound success for Air Guard integration into B-2 strategic operations

    Exercise Constant Vigilance 16 proved to be a total force success story as 131st and 509th Bomb Wing Airmen affirmed their strategic B-2 operational mission readiness and completed the final phase of a plan, 11 years in the making.For the first time in this exercise, Whiteman's total force team included drill-status Guardsmen, or DSGs, according to
  • Be savvy about social media

    Social media is no longer the New Thing. With nearly three out of four internet-using adults using social media, it is a normal part of life for most Americans, including most members of the military.Whether you are active duty or in the Air National Guard, you are well within your rights to use social media.Everything you post on any social media
  • McLaughlin Air National Guard Remembers the 65th Anniversary of 21 Fallen Airmen

    April 8, 1951 is the date of a tragic event in West Virginia history that altered the lives of 21 military families and brought great grief to a community.Their story begins with the loss of Major Woodford "Jock" Sutherland who was one of the West Virginia Air National Guard's best pilots. Major Sutherland, along with other pilots and ground crew,
  • EOD Airmen demonstrate emergency roadside readiness

    They thought it was just another ordinary day. Due to mission requirements and tasks that kept them on base longer than planned, they got a late start. The two 115th Fighter Wing Airmen, venturing out for their two-hour drive to inspect and verify the condition of a bomb at hardwood range, were clueless about the impact they were really about to
  • Concussions bring NFL and military together at last

    "We were in the air about 100 to 150 feet, just hovering (on the cable)," said Army Staff Sergeant Kathleen A. Lewis. "The wind below started spinning us in the wrong direction and the flight medic was trying to get us reoriented. Right as I reached the bottom of the helicopter, we got caught in the wind and we flipped in the hoist. The pulley
  • Helping Airmen stick to medical readiness

    Every facet of an Air National Guard wing is centered on preparedness for deployment. It can be easy to forget the value of each Airman's individual role. One particular mission seems to consistently stick within the mind of Airmen throughout the year - Immunizations and Lab work.The 147th Medical Group takes advantage of all wing members' ongoing
  • Breaking Labs

    TOLEDO, Ohio - Traffic outside an abandoned 1920s era school in downtown Toledo slowed to a crawl as drivers and passengers stared out their windows at men and women dressed in fluorescent orange hazardous material suits processing through decontamination tents. Inside the school, similarly dressed men and women searched for labs used to create

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