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  • Special Warfare Operators Compete for Title as Top Pararescuemen

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Special Warfare operators across the U.S. Air Force are in Louisville this week to vie for the title of top pararescuemen during the 2023 PJ Rodeo.The biennial contest, hosted this year by the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, will see 30 pararescuemen

  • Missouri Air Guard C-130H Maintainers Learn J-model Systems

    LOUISVILLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ky. - Maintenance Airmen with the Missouri Air National Guard’s Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center traveled to Kentucky for aircraft conversion training from an old sister unit.Over the first two decades of the 21st century, the 123rd Airlift Wing and 139th

  • New York Air Guard Supports European, Pacific Exercises

    NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Seventeen Airmen from the New York Air Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing flew around the world from June 28 to July 6 while supporting two major Air Force exercises.The Airmen, flying two C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifters, left Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh and flew

  • Kentucky Air Guard strengthens ties with NATO allies in Air Defender

    WUNSTORF AIR BASE, Germany -- More than 130 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard arrived here in early June to participate in NATO’s largest-ever multinational air force redeployment exercise, joining with more than 10,000 personnel and hundreds of aircraft from 25 partner countries.Air

  • 182nd AW Leads C-130 Hercules Operations at Air Defender 23

    WUNSTORF AIR BASE, Germany – The Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing is leading C-130 Hercules aircraft operations at the largest NATO multinational air forces redeployment exercise in history.Air Defender 2023 began June 12 and continues through June 23. The exercise integrates U.S.

  • Kentucky Air Guardsman continues grandfather's WWII legacy

    WUNSTORF AIR BASE, Germany -- Standing on the Wunstorf Air Base flight line, Maj. Matthew Skeens, a 123rd Airlift Wing logistics readiness officer, scans the horizon to soak in the moment.Nearly 75 years ago his grandfather, U.S. Air Force pilot Kenneth Skeens, flew above that same flight line

  • 123rd Special Tactics facilitates aircraft operations on Wyoming highways

    RIVERTON, WY. -- Nineteen Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron made history near here April 30 and May 2 when they facilitated the landing of aircraft on two Wyoming highways for the first time as part of Exercise Agile Chariot.The exercise featured MC-130J

  • Kentucky Guard Airmen Support South Pacific Exercise

    SAN JOSE, Northern Mariana Islands - A Kentucky Air National Guard team arrived Feb. 12 to handle cargo and aircraft maintenance for Cope North, a multinational exercise to enhance combat readiness in the South Pacific.The Airmen from the 123rd Contingency Response Group arrived Feb. 12. They will

  • Airmen From 3 States Repair LC-130 Stranded at South Pole

    AMUNDSON-SCOTT SOUTH POLE, Antarctica - National Guard Airmen from New York, Pennsylvania and Kentucky braved subzero temperatures at the bottom of the world to repair an LC-130 “Skibird.”The plane was stranded at Amundson-Scott South Pole Station following a routine supply mission when a cable