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  • 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
  • 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