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  • Service members earn German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

    HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Eight Airmen with the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing tested their military proficiency to try to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Sept. 9-11."Competing at the GAFPB was an awesome experience," said Staff Sgt. Sara Kolinski, 104th Fighter Wing public affairs specialist. "It's a
  • New York National Guard Airman helps deliver Afghan baby

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The woman’s foot pressed into the top of the Airman’s collarbone where it connected at her right shoulder.In the Airman’s other hand was a cell phone hoisted straight into the air. All ears in the room strained to hear the Pashto translator on the other end.The nurse’s words to the Airman when she arrived at
  • Face of Defense: Leading the D.C. National Guard

    WASHINGTON – Flying fascinated Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie McCandless when she was a child, so it was no big surprise that in 1991 she joined the military after college to pursue her dream of being a pilot. She's one of many female aviators who was already serving in 1993 when the air combat exclusion policy was lifted, giving women the opportunity
  • Georgia Air National Guard member qualifies for 2022 World Games

    MARIETTA, Ga. – Capt. Kari Giles, deputy director of operations, Georgia Air National Guard, qualified to compete in the World Games after finishing sixth in the ‘World Triathlon Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships’, Zofingen, Switzerland, Sep 19, 2021.Competing in the duathlon was necessary to fill Giles’ life-long goal of participating
  • 181st IW hosts Jaded Thunder

    HULMAN FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind. (Oct. 2, 2021) -- Airmen assigned to the 181st Intelligence Wing went into overtime to host and support a joint exercise, Jaded Thunder, at Hulman Field Air National Guard Base Aug. 16 to 26.The 181st Intelligence Wing, in partnership with the Terre Haute Regional Airport, hosted the live-fire exercise
  • 163d Airmen train on readiness in Exercise Grizzly Lightning

    MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – Airmen with the 163d Attack Wing participated in a readiness training exercise at March Air Reserve Base Oct. 2-3.The two-day event, dubbed Grizzly Lightning 21-1, was phase one of a three-phase exercise. The wing simulated the deployment of 120 Airmen in response to a conflict with a near-peer adversary, said Maj. Rey
  • National Guard's interstate cooperation enhances air defense

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii – In an operations center on the slopes of the Waianae mountain range, teams of Air National Guard Airmen monitor pods of brightly colored computer screens. From their perch, these Airmen have a virtual view of the airspace in and around the Hawaiian Islands as they detect, identify and dispatch aircraft at a fast yet
  • Sword fighting as 'strategy in blink of an eye'

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The metallic clash and clang of two swords striking each other echoed throughout the small room. Tension and anticipation filled the air as the opponents moved swiftly back and forth, thrusting and parrying to gain the advantage and emerge the victor. And then it came – the picture-perfect thrust at just the right time, striking
  • 179th Airlift Wing conducts Large Scale Exercise

    MANSFIELD, Ohio – Airmen of the 179th Airlift Wing held a large-scale readiness exercise (LRE) during a three day training period in September at Mansfield-Lahm Air National Guard base.The event offered a variety of war-like simulations and was designed to test how the unit would respond to different scenarios.A major part of the 179th mission
  • 242nd Combat Communications Squadron aids in history-making Northern Strike exercise

    ALPENA, MI -- The A-10 “Warthog” has been in service since the late 1970s and was used extensively during the first Gulf War flying more than 8,000 missions. It has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and it also has a short takeoff and landing capability. This aircraft has landed on dirt fields, riverbeds, old airfields, old
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