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  • 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
  • 117 ARW Supports ALAEMA During Winter Weather Event

    Five Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing joined the effort here to help Alabama residents affected by the winter weather event on Jan. 16-17, 2018.Capt. Jeff Farmer, Senior Master Sgt. Richard Bailey, Senior Master Sgt. Chris Ray, Master Sgt. Mark Salmon and Staff Sgt. Bradley White travelled to Anniston to assist the Alabama Emergency
  • Operation Career Coach 2017

    One hundred and three career counselors from Alabama High School Career Technical Centers attended a career counselor day here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing on Oct. 19 and 20.Operation Career Coach showcased unit capabilities and promoted opportunities in the Alabama National Guard to increase knowledge of the local units.The counselors learned
  • Air National Guard Director Visits The 117th Air Refueling Wing

    The Director of the Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, visited the 117th Air Refueling Wing on Tuesday afternoon. Rice was accompanied by Brig. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus, the Commander of the Air National Guard Readiness Center, and the Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. Ronald C. Anderson.He was greeted by Col. Cliff James, the
  • Military dentists in high-demand during joint-service health care initiative in Missouri

    Dental care was in high-demand at the Operation Healthy Delta Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) exercise in southeastern Missouri. Known as the Bootheel, the region is one of the state’s more medically underserved areas.