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

    Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing refuel fighters during Savannah Swift, 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, F-35s, and T-38s. On top of the refueling, the 117th
  • 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. Angelita Robinson, collection specialist II for the
  • 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 Nurse, brought immunization medical services to work
  • 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 any patches. The image shown is of the approved
  • 117 MXG Moves A-26 From Warner Robins

    Airmen from the 117th Maintenance Group traveled to the Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins, Ga. to disassemble and relocate an A-26 Invader.This mission served two purposes. The Invader will be restored and put on display at Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base. This move also constituted the annual Crash Damage or Disabled Aircraft Recovery
  • Daughter of 117 ARW Airman Wins Scholarship

    Anna Elizabeth Harris received the 2020 Enlisted National Guard Association/United Service Automobile Association Scholarship here on May 15.The $1000 scholarship was the top award of its kind and the winner was determined by a combination of high school GPA, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation.She has received multiple
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing Opens Alternate Aircrew Facility

    An alternate overnight aircrew facility was opened at the 117th Air Refueling Wing on April 14.The construction of the facility was planned over the last several years, but was not a top priority until the possibility that the primary facility would not be able to be occupied because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The alternate facility has a kitchen
  • 117 ARW Salutes Alabama with Flyovers

     A KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft from the 117th Air Refueling Wing flew over several hospitals around Alabama on Tuesday.This mission was a part of the nationwide Air Force Salutes Flyover under Operation American Resolve.The purpose of this flyover was to show appreciation to the heroes in Alabama who are at the front line battling COVID-19. This
  • Easter Homecoming

    There was a homecoming here on Easter Sunday, April 12, as approximately 30 Airmen returned from an overseas deployment.Most of the Airmen returning were from the 134th Air Refueling Wing with the Tennessee Air National Guard.There were a few obstacles because of weather across the Southeast U.S. and work restrictions due to COVID-19.“Weather can
  • 117 ARW Emergency Personnel Supports COVID-19 Response

    Emergency Management personnel from the 117th Air Refueling Wing began working with the Alabama Department of Public Health and Center for Emergency Preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic here on April 1.Senior Master Sgt. Richard Bailey, 117 ARW Emergency Manager, is part of a state health team tasked to assess the daily capacity of hospitals