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  • 6th ARW leaders visit ‘Black Knights’

    The 6th Air Refueling Wing command team traveled to Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base, Ala. for an immersion tour with the 117th ARW and the 99th Air Refueling Squadron Mar. 30, 2021. The “Black Knights” of the 99th ARS is an active associate unit stationed at Birmingham, Ala. but functions

  • Master Sergeant La’Tonya June wins First Sergeant of the Year

    Master Sgt. La’Tonya June serves as First Sergeant at the 117th Intelligence Squadron and she has earned recognition as First Sergeant of the Year 2019.An Imagery Analyst for over 14 years, June emphasized the importance of supporting airmen, especially given the squadron’s 24 hour a day mission

  • Supporting Freedom - Members from the 117th Support Large Scale Exercise

    Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing supported exercise Neptune Falcon in Phoenix, Az. from Oct. 16 to Oct. 24, 2020.The exercise spanned eight days in which airmen from the 117 ARW worked with airmen from other units from across the United States in this “Interoperability Exercise” to make the

  • Sumpter Smith Airmen Train to Survive Water Landing

    Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing participated in water survival training at Oak Mountain State Park on October 18, 2020.The training consisted of a short classroom style discussion before moving to a more hands on approach, entering a raft and setting up a canopy for water collection, sun

  • Fueling Freedom-117th Refuelers Keep Fighters In The Sky

    Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing refuel fighters during Savannah Shift, an exercise in Savannah, Georgia, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 24, 2020.The exercise spanned six days where our KC-135s refueled fighters locked in a red vs. blue format dogfight. The fighters present included F-15s, F-16s,

  • Bleeding For A Cure

    Members of the 117th Air Refueling Wing participate in a blood drive on Aug. 14, 2020 at Sumpter Smith JNGB, Ala.The donated blood went to local blood banks and will be used for conventional purposes like blood transfusions but extra vials of blood were taken to test for COVID-19 antibodies.

  • 117 MDG Brings Medical Services to Units

    The 117th Medical Group implemented a mobilization shot team on 25 July to assist units in accomplishing their missions and in facilitating Airmen to meet their medical immunization requirements.The two-person team comprised of Lt. Col. Pam Carroll, Chief Nurse, and 2nd Lt. Cory Tarvin, Clinical

  • 117th Operation Support Squadron, Earns First Approved Spice Brown Patch

    Congratulations to the 117th Operations Support Squadron, as of now, the only unit at the 117th  Air Refueling Wing with an approved official spice brown emblem. Lt. Col. James Whaley's selected Point of Contact should be receiving info on the approval, as well as which vendor to use when ordering