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  • President Barack Obama Visits Birmingham

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing welcomed President Barack Obama here on March 26. During his visit, Obama traveled to Lawson State Community College when he spoke to student and faculty members on economic issues and the impact of payday loans.Upon arrival at the 117 ARW, Obama was greeted by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley along with Birmingham Mayor
  • 877th Engineer Battalion Returns Home

    The Alabama National Guard  welcomed home the Soldiers of the 877th Engineer Battalion, out of Hamilton, at a ceremony December 10that the Army Aviation Support Facility.More than 158 Alabama National Guard Soldiers deployed with the 877th Engineer Battalion in April 2014, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unitmobilized at Fort Bliss,
  • WWII Vet Revisits Base

    A World War II veteran and former member of the 106th Observation Squadron revisited the National Guard base here on October 24, 2014.Jim Dobrovich, 94, served with the 106th Observation Squadron that is now recognized as the 106th Air Refueling Squadron. He flew on more than 100 flights in the Pacific as a crew chief."One time during a flight,"
  • Air Force revamps AEF

    The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1. The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the
  • Guardsman Rescues Woman

    A local Guardsman rescued a young woman attempting to escape from a group of intoxicated men here in April.Senior Airman Brendon Sheiry from the 117th Air Refueling Wing confronted the men after the woman looked at Sheiry straight in the eye and said, "Don't let them take me." He stood up to the men and said, "There's something wrong here. She
  • Ceremonies Held to Remember Fallen Airmen

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing held two ceremonies here on April 18 to honor four Alabama Air National Guard Airmen who were killed in action during the Bay of Pigs invasion.On April 19, 1961 two B-26 aircraft operated by Thomas "Pete" Ray, Riley Shamburger, Wade Gray and Leo Baker were shot down by Cuban fighter jets.The Bay of Pigs operation was a
  • Airman Returns from South Pole

    An Airman from the 117th Air Refueling Wing recently returned here from a six week deployment to Antarctica. Senior Master Sgt. Trey Hamm was the Joint Ground Safety Manager for the Air Force and the Navy at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica. "The trip down to Antarctica is long, but the destination was worth the
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing Remembers Fallen Airmen

    A historic event honoring the heritage of the Alabama Air National Guard Bay of Pigs involvement began here in early March. Artists from the University of Alabama-Birmingham spent 72 hours at the Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base painting nose art on a KC-135R Stratotanker commemorating the wing's participation in the 1961 Bay of Pigs
  • Airman Saves Baby's Life

    Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Brush was recently selected as the 117 ARW "Airman of the Quarter" NCO category.Brush saved the life of an infant by immediately applying life-saving techniques while deployed in September 2010.Brush, a firefighter assigned to the 117th Civil Engineering Squadron, received a medical call of a female airman giving birth to a
  • Annual Tree Give-Away Aids Tornado Recovery Efforts and Educates Students

    Central Alabama was hit by a series of devastating tornadoes which left several local communities and neighborhoods unrecognizable on April 27, 2011. Nearly three years later recovery efforts are still ongoing. One such, recovery effort is the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign or Tree Give-Away. Capt. Michael Lochte, an environmental engineer with the
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