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  • ANGRC celebrates Air Force 67th birthday

    Air National Guard Readiness Center members, who perform operational and technical functions to ensure combat readiness of 105,400 Air National Guard Airmen at 89 ANG wings and units, celebrated the Air Force's 67th birthday at the ANGRC here Sept. 18.

    The celebration highlighted the Air Force's accomplishments and successes during the last 67 years.

    "It's about a journey," said Col. Eric W. Mann, ANGRC vice commander. "It's important to reflect on how we got here. It's about how we got here; it's about the 'who' that got us here ... remembering those who have come before us. It's about trying to ensure that we learned from what we came from and where we're going to go."

  • 67 plus years of airpower

    What does the Air Force want for its 67th birthday; new state of the art fighter jets, more unmanned aircraft, new maintenance facilities or how about additional satellites to launch into space?

    The answer is none of the above. What the Air Force really wants for its birthday is for all Airmen to gain a better appreciation for its rich history, heritage and legacy.

    "Every time a birthday comes around, whether for a person or a group; it is a time when we can think about how far we've come and how things have changed," said Dr. Andrew Wackerfuss, a 436th Airlift Wing historian.

  • Air National Guard Director Clarke discusses three-part 'balanced strategy' at conference

    Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, the director of the Air National Guard, provided an overview of the ANG at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space and Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15.

    During his address, Clarke discussed current operations and end strength, but focused mostly on the people and Airmen.

    Clarke shared that the ANG supports federal and state missions with 105,400 members in 89 wings, spread throughout the 50 United States and three territories and the District of Columbia. ANG membership is comprised of 12 percent Air Active Guard Reserve, 18 percent technicians, and 70 percent drill status Guard members.

  • Missouri ANG hosts training for avionics merger

    Avionics Airmen from four states completed their first training as Integrated Communication Counter Measures Navigation Systems troops at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base here Sept. 12.

    The two career fields, Electronic Warfare Counter Measures and Communication Navigation, merged Aug. 1 and official Air National Guard training for the newly merged ICCMNS career field began Sept. 2.

    "The merger affects [COMNAV] less than it would affect these guys," said Staff Sgt. Todd Ridge, a COMNAV systems instructor from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. "They have to learn roughly 20 new systems."

  • 106th Rescue Wing participates in regional emergency management training

    Four Emergency Management Airmen with the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach participated in the first Air National Guard Region 2 emergency management training event at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station here Aug. 4-8.

    They joined more than two dozen emergency management managers and bioenvironmental technicians representing seven New York ANG wings for critical skill development and improvement.

    "Perhaps the most important element of our regional training was the chance to coalesce ... and support one another," said Chief Master Sgt. Doug Treut, the regional chief.

  • Kansas Air National Guard hosts ANG Command Chief

    The Air National Guard Command Chief visited the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Topeka, Kansas, and the 184th Intelligence Wing at McConnell Air Force Base here Sept. 6-7.

    Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling took time during the visit to speak with both wing's junior enlisted Airmen during enlisted all calls.

    "We are entering into a new era of warfare and you're going to be on the leading edge of that," Hotaling said. "We like to say that the Air National Guard is the first choice for homeland operations; you prove that here in Kansas. And you have enduring voices in the community and partnerships overseas. You're a great partner in this community for sure."

  • Leadership development is focus for Airmen at ELS

    Enlisted Air National Guard Airmen from all across the states, territories, and the District of Columbia convened here for three days of professional development and education Aug. 26-28.

    Airmen from each of the enlisted tiers: junior enlisted, noncommissioned officers, and senior noncommissioned officers, were given information relevant to their stage in their career to take back to their unit and share.

    The Enlisted Leadership Symposium is a biennial event which offers enlisted Airmen leadership training, professional development and information on the current operations and future state of the Air National Guard.