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  • 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
  • 117th Maintenance Group Recognizes Outstanding Performance

    Col. Scott Grant named Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Majors as the Maintenance Person of the Year for his outstanding performance and professionalism here during the February Unit Training Assembly. Four airmen from the group were nominated by their peers for this award. It's not just any nomination formality. Leaders drive home a unique sense of recognition
  • Aero Repair Keeps Birds In The Air

    SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- With the highest volume of flying missions in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility, aircraft at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing rely on a team of professional maintainers to keep them in top shape to accomplish the mission.Among the maintenance back shops, the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron
  • 99 ARS Airman receives call from President Obama

    KABUL, Afghanistan -- When Master Sgt. Tim Farris, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan maintenance advisor, answered the phone on Thanksgiving, he had no idea that he would be speaking with President Barack Obama.Farris, who is stationed with the 99th Air Refueling Squadron in Birmingham, Ala., and hails from Pineville, Mo., received a call from
  • 117th Maintenance Group Peers Recognize Outstanding Performance

    Tech. Sgt. Jay G. Heatherly of the 117th Maintenance Group was recognized as the Maintenance Person of the Quarter here on Aug. 11.The 117 MXG has reconstructed their way of recognizing performance and accomplishments while carrying out their duties."This is called 'Maintenance Person of the Quarter' and it's a program that has been resurrected and
  • 117 ARW Holds POW/MIA Walk

    Members of the 117th Air Refueling Wing walked 16 miles here at Veterans Park on Friday in honor of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action service members. POW/MIA Recognition Day is a national holiday that honors former and current prisoners of war and service members still missing in action. Tech Sgt. Matthew Crawford from the 99th Air Refueling
  • Historic Five-Ship Flight

    A five-ship of KC-135 aircraft departed in formation, making it a first-ever event in the base's 91-year history, here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing on Saturday."It's a huge motivational factor when the entire base can walk out in the backyard and see the fruit of their labor," said Col. Scott Grant, 117th Maintenance Group commander.The main