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  • Outstanding Airmen Recognized

    The 117th Airman of the Quarter Program is designed to recognize, provide professional development and performance achievement for the wing’s outstanding Airmen. They are nominated by their supervisors and endorsed by their commander into the program for competition. “We want to recognize model Airmen within the unit,” said Command Chief Master
  • Yellow Ribbons

     “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” performed by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando was one of the biggest hits of the 1970s. It cracked the Top 10 in 10 countries, and took the top spot in eight of those when it was released in 1973. Many of us know the chorus, “tie a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree, it's been three long years, do you
  • Women in Aviation Day

    Innovation is a word that reminds us of our best selves; our endless zeal that demands we constantly push the limit of what is possible. As President John F. Kennedy said in his speech to Rice University in 1962, “We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the
  • New Program Awards Squadron Members

    The 117th Force Support Squadron recently adopted a new program designed to recognize more airmen for their hard work and efforts to support the air refueling mission.The “Sustainment Flight Recognition Program” is made up of board members who interview nominees each quarter and select those who are most deserving of the awards.The 117 FSS made
  • Making Something Out of Nothing

    Metals technology Airmen here at the 117th Air Refueling Wing know how to be innovative.  Some of their job descriptions are the same as engineers and programmers. The shop has various pieces of equipment from manual lathes to welding tools, each requiring a different skillset in itself.“We can take a block of metal on the ground and turn it into
  • 117th Captain Earns Distinguished Awards

    "Excellence in All We Do." It's the Air Force core value that comes to mind when you notice the recent accomplishments by Captain Mitchell June. June recently returned from Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base where he was named a Distinguished Graduate, a title only given to the top ten percent of the graduating class of approximately
  • Alabama Airman Awarded Outstanding Woman of the Year

    The Alabama National Guard, much like the larger U.S. military as a whole, is a varied organization. Members come from all walks of life, from families where the military is a tradition, as well as those who are the first to serve. However, the popular image of the “military member” in many people’s minds is still a masculine wall of muscle coupled
  • Love Week

    Most Airmen in the Air National Guard have to juggle two careers.  A call to duty may take them away from their home and civilian career at any time.  First Lt. Ben Ortiz is a pilot with the 106th Air Refueling Squadron in Birmingham and a systems engineer for Delta Airlines in Atlanta.  Ortiz willingly stepped up for a volunteer opportunity that a
  • Aircrew Survival Training

    Airmen from the 117th Air Refueling Wing recently found themselves in an unfamiliar land, with unknown terrain, no security and no known point or time of departure.  With all of the uncertainty, a source of food and water had to be found.  The pressure intensified when they had to avoid enemy contact. The Airmen were conducting survival training