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Student Flight Learns History of Air Force

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  • By Wes Jones
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing
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. Berryhill also joined the trainees for a luncheon after the tour.

The Enlisted Heritage Research Institute is dedicated to preserving the history and tradition of enlisted corps of the U.S. Air force and U.S. Army Aeronautical Division, Air Service, Air Corps and Air Forces. Trainees were able to tour many displays of American heroes who bravely laid down their lives for their country. Trainees also participated in a competition among each other to see who could answer given questions about the Air Force history.

"The Air Guard plays a vital role in the overall mission of the United States Air Force," said Berryhill. He also talked about his experience in the Air National Guard and its future.

Recruiting is a major part of the 117th Air Refueling Wing.  As of July, there are 23 members in the Student Flight. Trainees returned from Gunter Air Force Base knowing more about the history of the Air National Guard. Many said this is a great learning process all trainees should do when they join.