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  • Flight Surgeons Critical To Mission Readiness

    There are a special group of doctors here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing Medical Group who ensures the aviators are medically ready to perform their duties.The doctors, known as flight surgeons, are specially qualified in aerospace medicine. "Aerospace medicine concerns the determination and maintenance of the health, safety, and performance of
  • Alabama Airmen Participate In Veterans Day Events

    Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing participated in multiple Veterans Day events here on November 10 and 11.The airmen attended the National Veterans Award Dinner on November 10 and the World Peace Luncheon on November 11 at the Sheraton Hotel. They also marched in the nation's oldest Veterans Day parade on November 11 in downtown
  • Airmen Walk To Honor POW/MIA

    Tech. Sgt. Matthew Crawford, from the 99th Air Refueling Squadron, coordinated and participated in a 16-mile walk to honor Prisoners of War and Missing in Action personnel on September 18 here at Veterans Park.Each foot in the walk represents the more than 83,000 missing Americans in conflicts dating back to World War II.  Military personnel and
  • Training Ensures Readiness for Firefighters

    Approximately 25 fire fighters from the 117th Civil Engineering Squadron practiced fighting structure fires here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing on September 19.The firefighters used a travel trailer and other equipment to simulate structure fires caused by propane gas.They utilized the "two-in, two-out" policy which mandates that firefighters
  • Airmen Aid Crash Victim

    Staff Sgt. Cierra Swift and her husband Senior Airman Thomas Swift rendered aid to an automobile crash victim while on their way to work here on May 15.The Swifts, members of the 117th Air Refueling Wing, approached two vehicles that appeared to have crashed head on. "Upon exiting my vehicle we found an approximately thirty-year-old male driver who
  • 117th Civil Engineering Squadron Renovate Romanian Clinic

    Airmen from the 117th Civil Engineer Squadron traveled to Romania on a Deployment for Training mission April 22, 2015.Colonel Michael Todd, 117th Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineering Squadron Commander was in charge of the DFT mission tasked to repair and renovate a 70 year old government run medical building, originally constructed by communist
  • Disabled Veterans Tour Base

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing hosted veterans from the Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center here on May 7.The veterans were briefed on mission operations, toured the KC-135R Stratotanker and visited several shops around the base.Master Sgt. Rodrick Taylor, the 99th Air Refueling Squadron Chief Boom Operator, invited the group to the base as a
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing Receives ENGAA Membership Award

    The CSM (Ret) Wallace J Paschal Enlisted National Guard Association of Alabama Membership Award was presented to the 117th Air Refueling Wing here on April 25.The award recognizes the 117 ARW as having more enlisted members in the association than any other Air National Guard Wing, Geographically Separated Unit and Army National Guard Major Command
  • Museum Preserves Air Refueling Wing History

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing is preserving history as past and present guardsmen work with the local flight museum here.The group will preserve, duplicate and log hundreds of old photographs and artifacts.Col. Scott Grant, the 117 ARW Vice Commander, contacted Dr. Brian J. Barsanti, Executive Director & Historian with the Southern Museum of Flight,
  • Bay of Pigs Airmen Remembered

    Members from the 117th Air Refueling Wing gathered in Forest Lawn Cemetery at the gravesite of Thomas "Pete" Ray friday as Lt. Col. Darryl Jett laid a wreath in his honor.On April 19, 1961 Ray, Riley Shamburger, Wade Gray and Leo Baker, died after the two B-26 Marauder aircrafts they were flying were shot down over Cuba during the Bay of Pigs
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