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    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused alterations to deployment schedules of the 117th Air Refueling Wing. Airmen from the 117th ARW are currently assigned to four combatant commands deployed across the world.Most deployments were scheduled from 60 to 180 days in duration. Government orders made to combat the spread of COVID-19 have affected the
  • A Community Rallies to Answer a Call

    There is always one specific needed item that rises to the top when disaster strikes. During storms it is shelter, during a financial crisis it is funding, during war times it is weapons, but during a global health pandemic we have quickly learned that facemasks are a top priority.The way the mission at the 117th Air Refueling Wing in Birmingham is
  • The Cake Lady

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jane Hauth has baked and delivered cakes and other pastries to Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base for the last three years as part of an ongoing charitable effort.Hauth, affectionately known as “the Cake Lady, has dedicated countless hours baking for the military, police and firefighters.She takes her mission personally,
  • Birmingham Airman Volunteers At Local Charity Organizations

    As Airmen we all have a duty and a part in protecting our nation.  But there is service all of us can offer to our local communities in addition to our roles in national defense.Tech. Sgt. Tatiana Cookingham, a production controller in the 117th Maintenance Squadron, volunteers her time to local charities in the Birmingham area to help those in
  • Base Honor Guard, Another Way To Serve

    The 117th Air Refueling Wing Honor Guard team is seeking Airmen interested in honoring veterans and providing exposure to the military.  The Honor Guard provides a way to tell a story about a portion of someone’s life.  When they take part in a veteran’s funeral the Honor Guard provides direct visual representation of service.  The Honor Guard
  • Emergency Management Specialist

    From natural disasters such as tornadoes or hurricanes, to man-made disasters such as chemical or biological contaminants, the emergency management specialist must be prepared and have a plan for every possibility.Airman 1st Class Zachary Cates, an emergency manager at the 117th Air Refueling Wing, explains that his responsibility is to respond to

    You hear it all of the time: “You have to spend money to make money.” The Hydraulic Shop at the 117th Air Refueling Wing is not in the business of making money, but thanks to the arrival of a new machine, they will most certainly save money and lots of it. The new Hydraulic Test Machine is only one of two in the Air National Guard and one of four
  • State Command Chief Makes Final Visit

    Command Chief Master Sgt. Glenda Chambliss-Reddick of the Alabama Air National Guard will be retiring from the military soon with more than 37 years of service. She has served as the AL ANG Command Chief since February 2014. Something she feels is important for Airmen serving today is to always be prepared.“Be ready,” she said. “Be ready to receive
  • Alabama Guardsman Lays Wreath at Arlington

    On a sunny day last October here at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the sentinels stood guard as they solemnly do every day. This day, however, proved to be unlike any other for Master Sgt. Daniel Pate, an Alabama Airman and father of a Muscle Shoals Middle School student. Pate is an Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician and a 1st Sgt. for the
  • Routine Check Ride Becomes Historic Event

    As an Air National Guard pilot completes undergraduate pilot training and returns back to their base, one of the first things they try to do is get their beans done. That’s pilot talk for currency training which includes a takeoff, an instrument approach and a landing. For 2nd Lt. Kyle Ledbetter, a young pilot just returning from pilot training