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    Eleven F-16's and approximately 175 Airman of the 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota Air National Guard, participated in Sentry Savannah 16-1 held here at the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center, Ga.

    Sentry Savannah is the Air National Guard's largest Fighter Integration, air-to-air training exercise encompassing fourth and fifth generation aircraft.

    Also taking part in this exercise are Airmen of the 43rd Fighter Squadron and the 2nd Fighter Squadron, from Tyndall AFB, Fl. Supporting these fighter squadrons are KC-135's from the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, the 161st ARW, Arizona Air National Guard, and controllers of the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard.

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    On November 7, 2015, history was made for the California Air National Guard, as the 195th Wing was officially activated.

    The activations activation bring the total number of wings in the Air National Guard to 90, and the fifth in California, making it one of only two states in the nation with five ANG Wings.

    The activation is the result of eight years of hard work by leaders and past unit members to gain federal recognition as the 195th Wing, formerly the 162nd Combat Communications Group.

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    The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award has been awarded to the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing Aerospace Control Alert detachment located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for the period of Nov. 1, 2012 through Oct. 31, 2014.

    The award is given to units that have distinguished themselves by outstanding achievement and distinctly standout among other Air National Guard units.

    "This is a tremendous achievement for the Airmen at the Aerospace Control Alert Detachment," said Brig. Gen. Phil Purcell commander of the 162nd Wing. "The entire wing is proud of their mission and their success."

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     In one of his final visits of his career, the Air National Guard Command Chief spent January 30-31with members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing at Ellington Field.

    Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling made it a priority during his visit to speak with wing's junior enlisted Airmen during an enlisted all call.

    Airmen were given the opportunity to interact with Chief Hotaling and ask him any questions they had about the Air Force and the Air National Guard. Hotaling discussed his key focus areas that include the renewing of the commitment to the profession of arms, the health of the force, and recognizing and embracing the accomplishments of Airmen.

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    The Air National Guard Command Chief visited the 124th Fighter Wing here Jan. 9.

    During the visit, Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling held two enlisted all calls to speak with junior enlisted Airmen and student flight trainees.

    Hotaling's provided timely insights as the 124th Airman prepare for the largest deployment in the last decade. He addressed concerns regarding the future of the A-10 Thunderbolt II flying mission and inquiries about the recently announced cyber mission slated for the Idaho guard.

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    About 300 people attended the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center's 34th annual symposium Jan. 25-28, here at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.

    This year's theme was Asymmetric Airlift: Tomorrow's Tactical Considerations.

    "We're bringing in subject matter experts from around the globe to talk about emerging threats and considerations within the world we operate," said Maj. Justin Brumley, chairman of the symposium and an instructor pilot at the AATTC. "The symposium is a platform for us to discuss tactics and procedures to counter those threats."

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    10 Citizen-Airmen from 131st Bomb Wing's initial flood response task force will remain on State Emergency Duty as liaison officers to support flood recovery efforts as part of Operation Recovery.

    The members from the 231st Civil Engineer Flight, the 131st Civil Engineer Squadron, and the 239th Combat Communication Squadron will help communities remove debris and recover from historic flooding that struck the state over the New Year holiday.

    While some have completed their duties and have been released, a number remain involved. The LNOs, based here, have been coordinating debris removal and aid to assigned communities across the region under the leadership of Lt. Col. Grace Link, Missouri Air National Guard director of staff.