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  • 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
  • Air National Guardsman Supports Local Military with Hand Sewn Masks

    Tech. Sgt. Tatiana Cookingham of the 117th Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Squadron supports local military personnel by sewing much needed face masks April 8, 2020.The response was in an effort to help fill a base wide need following the COVID 19 outbreak.“I just pulled my sewing machine out of the closet and set up and it seemed like a no
  • 117 ARW Medical Group Screens Personnel for COVID-19

    U.S. Air National Guard airmen from the 117th Medical Group were continuing to perform medical screenings for COVID-19 of all mission essential personnel as they entered the base here on March 27.The response was due to the increase from Health Protection Condition Bravo to Charlie.The screenings will continue until further notice and consist of
  • 117 ARW Directs HPCON Charlie

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing implemented Health Protection Condition Charlie here on March 27 to combat the spread of COVID-19.These measures were directed by the Secretary of Defense to protect the forces and maintain operational readiness.HPCON Charlie measures include the following actions: The Credit Union is open to all members. The BX is only
  • Alabama Air National Guard Chaplain Corps in USAFRICOM Provide Spiritual Support to Deployed U.S. Military

    Chaplain (Maj.) John D. Russell and Chaplain Assistant Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Reach of 117th Air Refueling Wing, deployed to USAFRICOM and was the only Protestant Religious Support Team in Air Forces Africa’s Area of Responsibility. Together they supported 15 faith-based groups spanning five countries.“My team consisted of myself and Religious Affairs
  • 117 ARW Hosts Civil Air Patrol

    9 cadets and 3 senior members of the Civil Air Patrol, Alabama Wing took a ride on a KC-135R Stratotanker during an incentive flight by the 117th Air Refueling Wing on January 23, 2020.The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and serve 3 congressionally mandated missions to include Aerospace Education, Emergency Services
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