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Staff Sgt. Dean Chambers works with equipment in the command post at the 117th Air Refueling Wing June 15, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama.  Dean, a recent distinguished graduate of technical training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, is a command and control specialist. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Airman 1st Class Lee Murphy) Distinguished Graduate Returns to 117 ARW

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Master Sgt. Latonya J. June at her desk with the 117th Intelligence Squadron. June is the 2016 winner of the Alabama National Guard's Outstanding Woman of the Year award. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Airman 1st Class Lee Murphy) Alabama Airman Awarded Outstanding Woman of the Year
The Alabama National Guard, much like the larger U.S. military as a whole, is a varied organization. Members come from all walks of life, from families where the military is a tradition, as well as those who are the first to serve. However, the popular image of the “military member” in many people’s minds is still a masculine wall of muscle coupled
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1st Lt. Ben Ortiz talks about his experience as a KC-135 pilot in the Alabama Air National Guard during a recent visit to Kipp Ways Primary School Atlanta, Ga. March 12, 2017. (photo by Kipp Ways School Staff ) Love Week
Most Airmen in the Air National Guard have to juggle two careers.  A call to duty may take them away from their home and civilian career at any time.  First Lt. Ben Ortiz is a pilot with the 106th Air Refueling Squadron in Birmingham and a systems engineer for Delta Airlines in Atlanta.  Ortiz willingly stepped up for a volunteer opportunity that a
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Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing conduct survival training in Hanceville, Ala., Feb. 12, 2017.  The survival course instructed Airmen how to navigate unknown terrain in order to find a safe landing zone to be extracted by helicopter.  The training is mandatory every three years to maintain mission readiness.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Farson) Aircrew Survival Training
Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing recently found themselves in an unfamiliar land, with unknown terrain, no security and no known point or time of departure.  With all of the uncertainty, a source of food and water had to be found.  The pressure intensified when they had to avoid enemy contact. The Airmen were conducting survival training
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2017
The Mobile Emergency Operations Center is set up for interagency use at Camp
Shelby, Mississippi during the Patriot South Exercise. This exercise
simulated a tsunami caused by an earthquake and provided valuable training
to military personnel in the event of a major weather incident. 117th Civil Engineering Squadron Participates in Patriot South Exercise
When thinking of natural disasters, the most common image is one of extreme destruction, like an engulfing flood or a menacing tornado as it barrels down the highway. We conjure up images of flying debris, cars thrown around like toys or water suddenly rising in our living rooms. But what we often don’t think of is the aftermath. Who are the people
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Master Sgt. Micheal Webb displays cards used in magic tricks at the 117 Air Refueling Wing, Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 15, 2016.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Farson) Airmen Learn Life Lessons From Sleight of Hand
When a first sergeant shows a coin to his Airmen at roll call, they usually expect him to present it to someone under his command to be recognized for their exemplary service. So when this first sergeant made a coin disappear, it was unlike anything they had seen before. And when he lit a candle on top of a table simply by looking at it, this was
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Tech. Sgt. Chad Bennett and Staff Sgt. Wade Spradlin, Vehicle Maintainers from the 117th Logistical Readiness Squadron at the 117th Air Refueling Wing, replace a broken air compressor inside a security forces truck June 11, 2016 in Birmingham, Ala. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Wes Jones/Released) Vehicle Maintainers
This shop sits on the hill, out of sight and out of mind from most of the airmen below. However, the airmen inside are responsible for keeping every single vehicle moving. The 117th Vehicle Maintenance Flight refers to themselves as "Vehicle Maintainers."With the sun beating down on a mid-June afternoon, the maintenance crew was busy repairing a
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A bagpiper from the Ian Sturrock Pipe Band plays during an annual wreath laying ceremony at the gravesite of Thomas “Pete” Ray April 19, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Senior Master Sgt. Ken Johnson/Released) Honoring Fallen Bay of Pigs Airmen 55 Years Later
It was a warm and sunny afternoon in late April in Birmingham, Alabama. As I approached the grave site at Forrest Hills Cemetery near the airport, I could hear a bagpipe playing in the background. I looked for the grave marker that read "1st Lt. Pete Ray" where a wreath laying ceremony was about to begin. There were four of the Bay of Pigs
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2016
Defense Travel System Logo DTS Travel Voucher Tips
During the course of a career in the military it is likely a National Guardsman will be required to travel for military duty.  Receiving orders for annual tour, conferences or military training schools are among the reasons why it may be necessary for an Airman to receive temporary duty, TDY, assignments and complete a travel voucher.One of the
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Capt. Mitchell June, 117th Communications Flight poses for a photograph after graduating with distinguished honors from Squadron Officer School, March 13, 2016. The honor is awarded to the top 10 percent of graduates in a class of approximately 600 Air Force Captains from across the United States, which consist of 30 percent traditional Guardsmen and reservists.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Wesley A. Jones/Released) 117th Captain Earns Distinguished Awards
"Excellence in All We Do." It's the Air Force core value that comes to mind when you notice the recent accomplishments by Captain Mitchell June. June recently returned from Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base where he was named a Distinguished Graduate, a title only given to the top ten percent of the graduating class of approximately
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