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  • Health & Wellness Crew Feeds Airmen

    Family readiness and key spouses from the Health and Wellness Crew prepared meals and received donations to feed Airmen here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing during super drill in August.The program was initially implemented this past February by key spouse mentor Dr. Debbie Grant to feed the Airmen during the 24-hour operations.“It just started as
  • Shelter Receives Food in Time of Need

    Approximately 950 meals were donated from the 117th Air Refueling Wing to a local shelter here in downtown Birmingham on August 20.  The shelter serves between 90 to 125 lunch meals per day and is a staple in the community as the homeless and families below the poverty line rely on it daily for meals.There was a fire in the Firehouse Ministries
  • 117 ARW Holds Run for Veterans

    The First Veterans Suicide Awareness Run was held here at Sumpter Smith ANG Base today.A collective 22 mile run was organized in order to bring awareness to the lives of 22 veterans that are taken every day due to suicide.The Health and Wellness Crew along with Team Birmingham Booster Club and Team Red White and Blue hosted the event. Registration
  • 117 ARW Conducts ATSO Training

    Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing participated in Ability to Survive and Operate training here on July 22.ATSO provides a foundation for Airmen to survive chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive attacks and conduct mission essential operations in environments that have been exposed to any of the agents.“This training
  • Vehicle Extraction Training

    Firefighters from the Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base conducted vehicle extrication training here on May 20.This training gave the firefighters more experience in getting out people who are stuck in a wrecked vehicle using specialty tools.“We practiced making cuts, sawing windshields and rolling away the roof or other material that may cause
  • Crash, Damaged and Disabled Aircraft Recovery Exercise

    The 117th Maintenance Group held a Crash, Damaged and Disabled Aircraft Recovery exercise here at the Southern Museum of Flight on May 19.The CDDAR training program is designed to provide Airmen the opportunity to take part in hands-on training that simulates a scenario in which an aircraft has malfunctioned or been disabled in some way, and needs
  • Local Airman recognized for his efforts in Puerto Rico

    A command post controller with the 117th Air Refueling Wing received the Air Force Commendation Medal at Sumpter Smith Air National Guard base on April 21 for his outstanding contribution while deployed to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irma and Maria.Staff Sgt. James C. Halbert played a crucial role in coordinating more than 400 sortie missions
  • Wreath Laying Commemorates Fallen Airmen

    A ceremony was held at Forest Hill Cemetery on April 18 by the 117th Air Refueling Wing to commemorate the Bay of Pigs mission that took the lives of four Alabama Airmen.During the ceremony Maj. Jason Carr, a pilot from the 106th Operations Squadron, placed a wreath at the gravesite of Thomas “Pete” Ray. Ray, a former member of the Alabama Air
  • 117 ARW Receives New Patrol Vehicle

    The 117th Security Forces Squadron updated its fleet with the arrival of a new fully equipped patrol vehicle as Col. Scott Grant, 117th Air Refueling Wing Commander passed the keys to Chief Master Sgt. Robbie Vass, Security Forces at Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base March 13, 2018. Two additional vehicles are expected to arrive in the near
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing Receives National Award

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing was presented the 2017 DoD Reserve Component Family Readiness Award by Major General Mark Sasseville, Deputy Director, Air National Guard on behalf of Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice, Director of the Air National Guard at the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon March 20, 2018.“The 117th Air Refueling Wing is the gold
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