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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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