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  • 1st Air Force Visits Aerial Fire-Fighting Training in Southern California

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Four C-130 aircraft from the California and Nevada Air National Guard worked alongside the U.S. Forest Service during annual refresher and certification training with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) May 4-7, 2021. During the training, these aircraft equipped with MAFFS units practice dispersing water in
  • Commentary: Letter writing of first Air Guard director provides communication lessons

    MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- I recently took some time to read through hundreds of telegrams and letters placed in an extensive scrapbook collection by the Air National Guard's first Director, now on file with the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee.TEC is named after
  • Senior Enlisted Advisor meets UTANG trainees

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The newest members of the Utah Air National Guard had the opportunity to meet the highest enlisted member of the National Guard on May 2, 2021, at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base.Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, took the opportunity to interact
  • Partnerships forged during aerial firefighting training

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – In the dry heat of the high desert, the California and Nevada Air National Guard, U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and multiple other firefighting agencies across the United States are performing their annual certification training for the aerial firefighting mission with MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System).The
  • Airmen and Soldiers learn to communicate in joint training

    BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. – Bringing Airmen and Soldiers together through joint training is essential to increasing the interoperability of the Air and Army National Guard.Strong communication is vital to safely executing the mission, and saving lives depends on the ability of individuals to communicate in stressful situations. Airmen
  • COVID milestone: Guard vaccinates 10 million people

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Ten million moms, dads, grandparents, friends, co-workers and neighbors are now vaccinated thanks to the ongoing efforts of National Guard members who are administering shots “in the communities where they live and serve.”Those words came from Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, during a media roundtable
  • CMSAF Visits 175th Wing Airmen at Mass Vaccination Site

    BALTIMORE, MD -- Airmen from the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, welcomed Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass during a visit to the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium, May 3, 2021.Bass met with Airmen who are helping to support state and civilian partners administer more than 220,000 COVID-19 vaccines to
  • Delaware, West Virginia Air Guard units team up for training

    NEW CASTLE, Del. — The key to any airlift mission is safely and effectively loading and unloading the cargo, regardless of the type of aircraft. The 167th and 166th Airlift Wings partnered together to conduct a joint cargo loading exercise as part of the 166th's home station operational readiness exercise on May 3.Approximately 12 members of the
  • Airman crosses four decade threshold while deployed to the 332nd AEW

    332nd AIR EXPEDITIONARY WING  -- Looking back 40 years is something many of us can do, however it’s a far more select group that can look back over a 40-year career. Chief Master Sgt. David R. Purtee enlisted in the U.S. Air Force April 25, 1981, at 17 years-of-age, from his hometown of Lancaster, Ohio. When asked if he envisioned his career
  • Portland Airmen participate in Sentry Savannah 2021

    SAVANNAH, Ga. – Recently, Sentry Savannah, the Air National Guard’s primary large-scale 4th and 5th generation fighter exercise, concluded after several days of hard-hitting training off the coast of Georgia.“It’s a great training that we can’t conduct at home station,” said Lt. Col. Neils Barner, 123rd Fighter Squadron Commander. “Here, we can

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