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Airman deploys for hurricane, returns with new friend Airman deploys for hurricane support, returns with new friend
When Staff Sgt. John Cox, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing, deployed to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Oct. 9, he assumed he would be helping the local people recover from Hurricane Maria; he did not expect to bring home a four-legged addition to his family.Cox said he had just come off a six-month deployment in Kuwait
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Airman reclaims fitness after PT fail Airman reclaims fitness after PT fail
It was just another routine physical fitness test for Master Sgt. Jeffrey Jordan, a propulsion work leader assigned to the 109th Maintenance Squadron here, but it ended up being the wake-up call he didn’t even know he needed. The cold reality of a PT failure gave Jordan the realization he could no longer skate by doing the minimum.Jordan stated he
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Augmentee program gives New York National Guard Airman new perspective on Operation Deep Freeze Mission Augmentee program gives Airman new perspective on Operation Deep Freeze mission
As a financial management technician with the 109thAirlift Wing, Senior Airman Kayla Casey didn’t think she’d have the opportunity to see the other side of the world many Airmen at her unit frequent each and every year.That changed when she exited the C-17 Globemaster III and took her first steps on the coldest place on Earth Oct. 24th. Now, as an
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Finance office leans forward Finance office leans forward
Hanging over the customer service window in the finance office is a sign that reads “lean forward”. This motto is one that Capt. James M. Roth, 109th Airlift Wing comptroller, strives to achieve every day. “Lean forward” means to get out in front of issues before they become a problem, said Roth.“We’re here to support the people here in any way
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Maj. Amanda Coonradt, an LC-130 Skibird navigator with the 109th Airlift Wing, recently self-published a children's book, "Air Force Amanda: Adventure in Antarctica." The book talks about Antarctica through the perspective of an LC-130 navigator. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin German/Released) 109th AW ‘Skibird’ navigator shares experience in Antarctica through children’s book
“Her mighty 109th Airlift Wing provides support for Science Exploration. Flying gives her adventure and pride serving her glorious Nation. Air Force Amanda is a Navigator in the ‘Skibird’, the Air Force’s coolest plane! Her navigation skills help fly through dangerous and challenging terrain.” - Air Force Amanda: Adventure in Antarctica Air Force
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Airman 1st Class Frances Andrew is assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing's Command Support Staff here. Andrew first arrived in the United States in 2001 at the age of 21. He grew up in a refugee camp from the age of 7 and is known as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara/Released) 'Lost Boy' gives back to U.S., joins 109th AW
Thirty years ago and 6,000 miles away, Airman 1st Class Francis Andrew was a 7-year-old “Lost Boy.”Andrew was one of about 20,000 Sundanese children who lost their families during the country's civil war between ethnic groups and regions which began in 1983 and lasted until 2005.These “Lost Boys,” as refugee workers called them, traveled by foot
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Tech. Sgts. Justin and Abby Carkner were married Aug. 20, 2016. They met four years earlier during a Unit Training Assembly while in line at the Dining Facility. Justin is with the 109th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Abby is with the 109th Medical Group. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara/Released) Couple strengthens 109th family bond
Like many Air National Guard units, the Airmen here have often referred to the 109th Airlift Wing as one, big family. Many have actual family ties on the base - parents and their children, cousins, siblings, and some have even met the person they would marry on base. For one couple here, they happened to meet in line at the Dining Facility during the May Unit Training Assembly in 2012. Four years later, they were married.
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