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  • Pennsylvania National Guard breaks ground for new aviation maintenance instruction building

    Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, adjutant general of Pennsylvania, representatives from the Pennsylvania National Guard, elected officials, and members of Senate Builders and Leidos Engineering participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new aviation maintenance instruction building that will be part of the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) here today.

  • NY Guard's 24th Civil Support Team hones skills at water supply site

    Members of the New York National Guard's 24th Civil Support Team conducted a training mission in cooperation with the Suffolk County Water Authority at the authority's East Farmingdale, New York, pumping station, Oct. 27, 2014. The exercise tasked the survey team with determining whether or not terrorists had succeeded in dumping a nerve agent into the water supply.

  • NC Guard chaplain fights breast cancer on her own terms

    On Oct. 12, 2014, in Franklinton, North Carolina, National Guard Chaplain Maj. Melissa Culbreth sat laughing and joking in a chair on the front porch of the farm where she works, while her signature red hair was braided into five braids.

  • Global Strike Challenge accepted

    More than 80 Airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing and Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing here recently defended their Global Strike Challenge title in this year's competition.

    The total force team won the coveted Fairchild Trophy during the last competition, held in 2012, and have won the top prize in two of three competition years.

    "When a challenge is put out, our Airmen are dialed-in to show who they are," said Col. Chase McCown, 509th Maintenance Group commander, in a message to evaluators before the competition started here Oct. 8. "Evaluators will see a total force integration effort. We'll show how our wings have worked together day-in and day-out."

  • 192nd, 1st FW execute commander's inspection program first employment exercise

    The 192nd Fighter Wing's and 1st Fighter Wing's Maintenance and Operations Group total force team simultaneously executed the first commander's inspection program employment exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis along with a complex Razor Talon large force, off-station exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Oct. 16-18.

    During the 48-hour exercise, Airmen generated and employed realistic scenarios, debriefed, supported, fixed, reloaded and turned F-22 combat airpower in a very demanding 24-hour operation.

  • Flying Yankees support joint paratrooper training

    Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing at Bradley Air National Guard Base supported multiple joint Army air transportation training missions Sept. 5 and Oct.

    The first JAATT mission supported by the Connecticut Air National Guard took place in the skies above Fort Benning in  Columbus, Georgia, where members the Army, Navy and Air Force received hands-on paratrooper training while aboard an Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 103rd AW.

    There were approximately 600 trainees and two aircraft rotating constantly to get them in the sky and dropped, said Lt. Col. William Daniels, a pilot assigned to the 118th Airlift Squadron.

  • New York's 106th Rescue Wing base honor guard sets a high bar

    With 619 funerals conducted in the 2013-14 fiscal year, the 106th Rescue Wing's Base Honor Guard is the busiest honor guard team in the Air National Guard.

    The team is also the eighth-busiest Honor Guard in the total Air Force and the only Base Honor Guard recognized by the Air Combat Command Inspector General for its dedication to duty, training plan and administrative procedures.

    The five-member team is on call 365 days a year ensuring that Air Force veterans get the military honors Congress says they are entitled to during a funeral, said Chief Master Sergeant Dustin Lance, 106th Force Support Squadron superintendent.