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  • Illinois Air Guard Supports Partner Poland

    POWIDZ, Poland - The 126th Air Refueling Wing completed a two-week deployment to Poland in support of Operation Copper Arrow.The operation enhanced combat readiness among NATO allies and partner nations, enabling them to respond to any threat rapidly. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve aerial

  • Navigating the Cyber Frontier: The 126 ARW Way

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The Department of the Air Force is highlighting cybersecurity this month and this year's overarching theme is "Cybersecurity – Every Airman, Every Guardian – Mission Possible!"Airmen and Guardians play a critical role in maintaining operational security. From practicing

  • Team Ramstein, Air National Guard, USA rotate through Poland

    POWIDZ, Poland - Members of the 86th Airlift Wing and 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and the 182nd Airlift Wing, assigned to Peoria Air National Guard Base, Illinois, and U.S. Army Soldiers deployed to the 33rd Air Base in Powidz to support Aviation

  • 4 Air National Guard Locations Chosen for C-130J Upgrades

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force selected four National Guard Airlift Wings as the preferred locations to receive C-130J Super Hercules to replace their aging C-130Hs, pending environmental assessments.Eight C-130J aircraft will be used to recapitalize the C-130H fleet at each location: the 103rd

  • 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.

  • Multi-Capable Airmen, the Future of the 126 ARW

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The 126th Maintenance Group, assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard, earned their seventh top mission capability rating for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-135 Stratotanker fleet and now aims for greater heights by implementing the Air Force’s Agile Combat Employment

  • Illinois Air Guard Civil Engineers help Cherokee Nation Veterans

    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Illinois Air National Guard troops are putting their skills to work in another nation, building homes for U.S. military veterans.The 126th Civil Engineer Squadron is building homes for Cherokee Nation veterans in Oklahoma as part of a continuing Innovative Readiness Training

  • Air Force museum exhibit highlights women's achievements

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Air National Guard Capt. Jennifer Weitekamp did not set out to be a trailblazer with her military service. Still, when then-Senior Airman Jennifer Donaldson graduated from the Air National Guard's pilot Counter Sniper School April 14, 2001, she became just that – a

  • Illinois Air Guard C-130s join the fight against COVID-19

    EUGENE, Ore. – What could have been a three-day trek across 2,150 miles of interstate highway was shortened to overnight delivery by Air National Guard C-130H Hercules aircraft joining Illinois’ fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.Two aircrews assigned to the 182nd Airlift Wing departed their Peoria