A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 121st Air Refueling Wing sits on the flight line during sunrise at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Sep. 21, 2020. Located within one hour flying time of 60% of the U.S. population, the 121st ARW is ideally positioned to support numerous missions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Gibbs)
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Flight line at sunrise

A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 121st Air Refueling Wing sits on the flight line during sunrise at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Sep. 21, 2020. Located within one hour flying time of 60% of the U.S. population, the 121st ARW is ideally positioned to support numerous missions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Gibbs)

Tech Sgt. Makaio Roberts 204th Airlift Squadron loadmaster arms a flare as Master Sgt. Randy Yamada monitors for proper technique during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG's continued support of NASA's SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron's ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)
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Airlift unit sheds light on astronaut rescue

Tech Sgt. Makaio Roberts 204th Airlift Squadron loadmaster arms a flare as Master Sgt. Randy Yamada monitors for proper technique during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG’s continued support of NASA’s SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron’s ability [Read More …]

The Idaho National Guard sent three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and nearly two-dozen personnel from Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on Aug. 27, 2020 to assist in battling the California wildland fires. The Idaho Army National Guard Aviation Group trained on the specialized bucket equipment unique to helicopters and designed specifically for aerial firefighting on Aug. 26, 2020 to maintain their readiness as they respond to this request. The team from Idaho includes pilots and crew chiefs who make up the flight crews, along with essential maintenance and support personnel, as well as two flight paramedics augmenting California National Guard UH-60 MEDEVAC crews. They will work in cooperation with several other states as they battle the massive fires that have already consumed more than 1 million acres across the Golden State. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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Idaho National Guard prepares to assist the California wildland fires

The Idaho National Guard sent three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and nearly two-dozen personnel from Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on Aug. 27, 2020 to assist in battling the California wildland fires. The Idaho Army National Guard Aviation Group trained on the specialized bucket equipment unique to helicopters and designed specifically for aerial firefighting on Aug. 26, 2020 to maintain their [Read More …]

An Army SGT assigned to the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment of Madison Wis., looks to the sky during the annual Northern Lightning exercise at Hardwood Range, Necedah, Wis., August 13, 2020. Northern Lightning is a full-spectrum Counterland training exercise hosted at Volk Field ANGB, providing a tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for the Air National Guard and Total Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mary Greenwood)
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Northern Lightning 2020

An Army SGT assigned to the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment of Madison Wis., looks to the sky during the annual Northern Lightning exercise at Hardwood Range, Necedah, Wis., August 13, 2020. Northern Lightning is a full-spectrum Counterland training exercise hosted at Volk Field ANGB, providing a tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for the Air National Guard and [Read More …]

Gowen Field hosts several 19-Delta Advanced Leadership Courses throughout the year at the 1-204th Regional Training Institute schoolhouse on base. Due to COVID-19 this hasn’t been a typical year, making this the first course offered this year. Students came from all over the nation to fulfill this leadership requirement and graduated here on Aug. 8, 2020. Here, the students ended the course with a leadership scenario in which they called upon the Idaho Army National Guard's UH-60 Black Hawks for airlift medical assistance during their field exercise of zone area reconnaissance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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Shaping our newest leaders: Students graduate Advanced Leadership Course in Idaho

Gowen Field hosts several 19-Delta Advanced Leadership Courses throughout the year at the 1-204th Regional Training Institute schoolhouse on base. Due to COVID-19 this hasn’t been a typical year, making this the first course offered this year. Students came from all over the nation to fulfill this leadership requirement and graduated here on Aug. 8, 2020. Here, the students ended [Read More …]

A tactical air control party Airman assigned to the 113th Air Support Operations Squadron of the 181st Intelligence Wing from the Indiana Air National Guard adjusts his night optical device prior to a night close air support training mission at Atterbury Range at the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., Aug. 4, 2020. TACPs from the 113th ASOS provide joint terminal attack controller capabilities to air assets to execute military ground commanders’ intent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan W. Padish)
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113th ASOS TACP Airmen control night skies over Atterbury Range

A tactical air control party Airman assigned to the 113th Air Support Operations Squadron of the 181st Intelligence Wing from the Indiana Air National Guard adjusts his night optical device prior to a night close air support training mission at Atterbury Range at the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., Aug. 4, 2020. TACPs from the 113th ASOS provide [Read More …]

Twelve UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, lift off from Los Alamitos Army Airfield for a formation training flight, July 31, 2020, at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. The flight was led by U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Metoyer as his final flight with the unit and as the culminating flight of the battalion’s annual training period. Metoyer is retiring with more than three decades of military service. (California State Guard photo by Col. Richard Lalor)
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Veteran Cal Guard helicopter pilot flies into retirement

Twelve UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, lift off from Los Alamitos Army Airfield for a formation training flight, July 31, 2020, at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. The flight was led by U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Metoyer as his final flight with the [Read More …]

Soldiers from the Idaho National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Alpha Company, 116th Brigade Engineer Battalion and Echo Company, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, conducted M67 grenade qualification training during their annual training at the Orchard Combat Training Center near Boise, Idaho on Aug. 3, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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“FRAG OUT!” Idaho conducts grenade training

Soldiers from the Idaho National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Alpha Company, 116th Brigade Engineer Battalion and Echo Company, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, conducted M67 grenade qualification training during their annual training at the Orchard Combat Training Center near Boise, Idaho on Aug. 3, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)