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  • Omaha Trophy Presented to 117th Air Refueling Wing

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing was the first Air National Guard unit to receive the Omaha Trophy here on Saturday.The 117 ARW won the award in the strategic aircraft category in recognition of the outstanding mission performance with the U.S. Strategic Command.The ceremony was conducted in the maintenance hangar with about 700 people in attendance
  • 117 ARW MEOC Supports Hydrofest

    Personnel from the 117th Civil Engineering Squadron transported the Mobile Emergency Operations Center to Lake Guntersville on June 24.They assisted local public safety and emergency management professionals during Hydrofest, an annual three day boat racing event.Senior Master Sgt. Richard Bailey and Senior Airman Zachary Cates of the Readiness
  • 117 ARW Wins Omaha Trophy

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing was announced as the strategic aircraft winner of the 2018 Omaha Trophy here on June 3.U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of United States Strategic Command, announced the 117th as a winner in recognition of outstanding support to the strategic deterrence mission.The 117 ARW is the first Air National Guard tanker
  • Sumpter Smith ANGB Host Change Of Command Ceremony

    The 99th Air Refueling Squadron hosted a Change of Command ceremony here on May 29.Lt. Col. Aaron Torczynski, the 99 ARS Commander, relinquished command to Col. Travis L. Edwards, the 6th Operations Group Commander and Lt. Col. Douglas Curran, the 99 ARS Director of Operations, assumed command.The 99 ARS has been an active duty associate unit at
  • 117th Fatality Search & Recovery Team Awarded

    Four Airmen from the 117th Force Support Squadron earned the Army Accommodation Medal here on February 24.The Fatality Search and Recovery Team played a critical role in taking care of the deceased following the aftermath of Hurricane Michael which destroyed parts of the Gulf Coast in October of 2018.The team’s primary job is to respectfully
  • Memorial Event Held at Sumpter Smith ANGB

    A memorial run to honor the fallen Airmen aboard Shell 77 was held today here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing and hosted by Team Birmingham Booster Club.Tech. Sgt. Herman “Tre” Mackey III, Capt. Victoria A. Pinckery and Capt. Mark Tyler Voss of call sign “Shell 77” perished after their KC-135R Stratotanker crashed in Kyrgyzstan during Operation
  • Birmingham Airmen Deploy To Mississippi

    A readiness exercise was held by airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing at the Combat Readiness Training Center here last week. The airmen spent four days in conditions close to those of an operational deployment and balanced a fast paced operational tempo with a focus on effectiveness and personal safety.They responded to a simulated emergency
  • Aircraft flown by Alabama Airman during D-Day Invasion Visits Birmingham

    A military cargo aircraft that dropped the first paratroopers into Normandy during the D-Day Invasion arrived here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing on April 9th at 10:00 a.m.The renovated Douglas C-47 Skytrain named “That’s All Brother” is at the Atlantic East Ramp in Birmingham from April 9-14 for the D-Day 75th Anniversary world tour.John
  • Airman Weapons Safety Class Held at 117 ARW

    The first on-base weapons safety class was held for Airmen here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing this past weekend. Instructors from the base provided training on a broad range of topics but the most important was weapon safety.The class is suited for people with varying degrees of experience handling weapons.  Among the lessons taught were the
  • 117 ARW Participates in Southern Strike

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing participated in Exercise Southern Strike above the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month. KC-135R Stratotankers from the 117 ARW refueled F-22 Raptors and F-35 Stealth Fighters that were simulating tactical dogfights.  Southern Strike is a Joint Force Exercise hosted annually by the Mississippi Air National Guard. The event
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