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  • Service members participate in SERE training

    Approximately 30 aircrew from the 106th Air Refueling Squadron and crew chiefs from the 117th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron participated in survival, evasion, resistance and escape refresher training here on Saturday. During the training, the service members practiced techniques they would use if their aircraft was shot down behind enemy lines. The
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing Welcomes New Deputy Staff Judge Advocate

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing would like to welcome Capt. Carlissa Carson who has joined us as a deputy staff judge advocate. Carson comes to us from the 335th Signal Command Brigade in Atlanta, Ga. She brings with her nine years of military legal experience. She completed Army ROTC in 2005 at Georgia Institute of Technology. "I am thrilled to be
  • Boy Scouts and Youth Group Tour Base

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing had a special visit during the November drill weekend. There were two different groups in attendance for the visit. Boy Scouts with Troop 119 and 007 in Birmingham and a youth group from the Greater New Antioch Baptist Church in Ensley were here on base. The age of the individuals on the tour ranged from 11-18
  • Fini-flight

    Lt. Col. Darin Owens landed a KC-135 for the final time of his career on December 8, 2012 at the 117th Air Refueling Wing. Owen's family and friends gathered around to congratulate the pilot on his fini-flight with a traditional shot from a fire hose, provided by his wife. After flying KC-135's for 18 years, Owens will join the 105th Attack
  • Student Flight Learns History of Air Force

    The Student Flight of the 117th Air Refueling Wing traveled to Gunter Air Force Base to learn about the history of the Air Force and was educated on current events by a guest speaker. Brig. Gen. Berryhill, commander of the Alabama Air National Guard, invited all trainees to tour the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute at Gunter Air Force Base.
  • A Legend Retires

    The first non-prior female to enlist in the Alabama Air National Guard, Senior Master Sgt. Judy Holland, retired on June 9 after 40 years of honorable service.Holland began her career in the Air National Guard on Jan. 28, 1972."I can't believe how fast 40 years have gone by. It seems like a couple of years ago I was in Basic Training. I have made
  • Change of Command, 117th Air Refueling Wing

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing hosted a Change of Command ceremony here on April 14. Many special guests and dignitaries were in attendance. Among these guests were the Adjutant General for the Alabama National Guard Major General Perry G. Smith, Alabama State Representative the Honorable Dickie Drake and Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry.Colonel
  • 106th Air Refueling Squadron Celebrates 90 Years of Service

    The 106th Air Refueling Squadron of the Alabama Air National Guard will celebrate its 90th Anniversary here on Saturday.Established on January 21, 1922, the 106th Air Refueling Squadron has been actively involved in overseas campaigns, maintaining national security and supporting humanitarian relief missions throughout the world. They also support
  • Purple Heart Found After Storm

    A Purple Heart was found in the storm debris two weeks after the April 2011 tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Purple Heart is believed to have been awarded to Pfc. Amos H. McDonald, an Army Soldier who was killed in action shortly after the Normandy invasion in 1944. Volunteers found the medal in the storm debris and turned it in to Master Gunnery
  • Deployment Processing Center

    On July 7 the 117th Logistics Readiness Squadron personnel began moving into the new 8,000 square feet deployment processing center on base.The facility is one of the first of its kind in the Air National Guard and was completed by Cooley Construction from Oklahoma.The deployment processing center will reduce the amount of time required to process