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The sun rises over a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 117th Air Refueling Wing as crew members conduct a pre-flight meeting at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 24, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Senior Airman Wesley Jones) 117th Air Refueling Wing Performs Mission in England
Around 90 airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing in Birmingham, Ala. traveled to England for two weeks in August to maintain currencies and training.Airmen from the 117th Operations Group, Maintenance Group, Mission Support Group, and the 99th Air Refueling Squadron trained alongside active duty members from the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal
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Senior Airman Jaron Franks (left), biomedical equipment technician, 117th Medical Group and Petty Officer 2nd Class Victoriano Rosales, biomedical equipment technician, 32nd Ships and Clinics, troubleshoot medical equipment on board a naval vessel in San Diego, Calif., June 22, 2016.  The 117 MDG trained with the U.S. Navy at Naval Medical Center San Diego.  The training included Airmen being implemented in real world U.S. Naval operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Farson/Released)   117th Medical Group Airmen train with Navy
Airmen from the 117th Medical Group conducted their two-week annual training here at the Naval Medical Center San Diego from June 19 to July 1.The unit was embedded with active duty U.S. Navy personnel conducting real-world missions.During the two week time span the Airmen from the 117 MDG helped the center meet operational demands.  The number one
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Lt. Col. Allen King assumes command of the 117th Operations Group, April 9, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. King relinquished command of the 106th Air Refueling Squadron to Lt. Col. Mike Metcalf. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Wes Jones/Released) Changes in Command
Three change of command ceremonies took place here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing on Saturday.Families and personnel gathered to watch the 117th Operations Group, 106th Air Refueling Squadron and the 117th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hold ceremonies to signify the changes in leadership.Col. Scott Graham, the 117 OG Commander, relinquished
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Maj. Carlissa Carson, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 117th Air Refueling Wing gets checked out by Lt. Col. Edward Jones, flight surgeon, 117th Medical Group as part of a deployment training exercise in Gulfport, Mississippi June 24, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Senior Master Sgt. Ken Johnson/Released) Flight Surgeons Critical To Mission Readiness
There are a special group of doctors here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing Medical Group who ensures the aviators are medically ready to perform their duties.The doctors, known as flight surgeons, are specially qualified in aerospace medicine. "Aerospace medicine concerns the determination and maintenance of the health, safety, and performance of
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Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing, Birmingham, Alabama attend Veterans Day activities in Birmingham, Ala., November 11, 2015 (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ken Johnson/Released) Alabama Airmen Participate In Veterans Day Events
Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing participated in multiple Veterans Day events here on November 10 and 11.The airmen attended the National Veterans Award Dinner on November 10 and the World Peace Luncheon on November 11 at the Sheraton Hotel. They also marched in the nation's oldest Veterans Day parade on November 11 in downtown
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Tech Sgt. Matthew J. Crawford, 99th Air Refueling Squadron, plans and participates in the Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day event on Sept. 18, 2015, at Veterans Park, Hoover, Ala.  Civilians and members of the Alabama National Guard walked to pay homage to POW/MIA. More than 83,000 Americans remain missing from conflicts beginning with World War II.  Each step of the approximate 16 mile walk symbolizes one missing American.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Farson/Released) Airmen Walk To Honor POW/MIA
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Crawford, from the 99th Air Refueling Squadron, coordinated and participated in a 16-mile walk to honor Prisoners of War and Missing in Action personnel on September 18 here at Veterans Park.Each foot in the walk represents the more than 83,000 missing Americans in conflicts dating back to World War II.  Military personnel and
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Firefighters from the Civil Engineering Squadron practice fighting structure fires as a part of their annual training at the 117th Air Refueling Wing on September 19, 2015. The firefighters used a travel trailer and other equipment to simulate structure fires caused by propane gas. According to Master Sgt. Brian Garvich, their main strategy in fighting these fires was to utilize the “two-in, two-out” policy which mandates that firefighters never enter a building alone during a rescue mission. Two firefighters act as a team entering the structure and another two-person team is waiting outside the hazard dedicated to rescuing those inside, should they need it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo  by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Farson/Released) Training Ensures Readiness for Firefighters
Approximately 25 fire fighters from the 117th Civil Engineering Squadron practiced fighting structure fires here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing on September 19.The firefighters used a travel trailer and other equipment to simulate structure fires caused by propane gas.They utilized the "two-in, two-out" policy which mandates that firefighters
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Staff Sgt. Cierra Swift and her husband Senior Airman Thomas Swift help an accident victim near the 117th Air Refueling Wing, Birmingham, Alabama May 15. Airmen Aid Crash Victim
Staff Sgt. Cierra Swift and her husband Senior Airman Thomas Swift rendered aid to an automobile crash victim while on their way to work here on May 15.The Swifts, members of the 117th Air Refueling Wing, approached two vehicles that appeared to have crashed head on. "Upon exiting my vehicle we found an approximately thirty-year-old male driver who
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Alabama Guardsmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineering Squadron deploy to Romania as part of a Deployment for Training mission April 2015 . (Courtesy Photo/Released) 
117th Civil Engineering Squadron Renovate Romanian Clinic
Airmen from the 117th Civil Engineer Squadron traveled to Romania on a Deployment for Training mission April 22, 2015.Colonel Michael Todd, 117th Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineering Squadron Commander was in charge of the DFT mission tasked to repair and renovate a 70 year old government run medical building, originally constructed by communist
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Visually impaired veterans from the Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center visit the 117th Air Refueling Wing. The SBRC is a division of the United States Veterans Administration whose mission is to provide care for blind and low vision veterans and active duty service members. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Senior Master Sgt. Ken Johnson/Released) Disabled Veterans Tour Base
The 117th Air Refueling Wing hosted veterans from the Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center here on May 7.The veterans were briefed on mission operations, toured the KC-135R Stratotanker and visited several shops around the base.Master Sgt. Rodrick Taylor, the 99th Air Refueling Squadron Chief Boom Operator, invited the group to the base as a
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