The 20th and final F-35A Lightning II to be assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, arrives during a ceremony held at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct. 14, 2020. The wing is the only in the Air National Guard to fly the F-35 and since Sept. 2019, has received it's full compliment of 20 aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
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Vermont’s Final F-35 Lands During Fall Foliage

The 20th and final F-35A Lightning II to be assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, arrives during a ceremony held at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct. 14, 2020. The wing is the only in the Air National Guard to fly the F-35 and since Sept. 2019, has received it’s full [Read More …]

Airman 1st Class Barbara Ramos-Rivera, 125th Security Forces Squadron, conducts a dismounted patrol of Camp Kong at the 125th Fighter Wing on Oct. 17. Performing regular dismounted patrols allows Security Forces to build muscle memory for essential skills like 360 degree security, UXO identification and reporting, and calling in 9-line MEDEVAC support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. William Buchanan)
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Security Forces Airmen Patrol Camp Kong

Airman 1st Class Barbara Ramos-Rivera, 125th Security Forces Squadron, conducts a dismounted patrol of Camp Kong at the 125th Fighter Wing on Oct. 17. Performing regular dismounted patrols allows Security Forces to build muscle memory for essential skills like 360 degree security, UXO identification and reporting, and calling in 9-line MEDEVAC support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. [Read More …]

Airmen from the 179th Security Forces Squadron practice fire and maneuver operations October 17, 2020, at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. Airmen train in small fireteams and simulated "force on force" exercises to maintain lethality and readiness across the Air National Guard. (Ohio Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Marc Wilson)
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179th Security Forces Field Training

Airmen from the 179th Security Forces Squadron practice fire and maneuver operations October 17, 2020, at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. Airmen train in small fireteams and simulated “force on force” exercises to maintain lethality and readiness across the Air National Guard. (Ohio Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Marc Wilson)

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, is greeted by Airmen as he lands the wing's final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the wing, the first Air National Guard base to hold this distinction, since taking delivery of their first two F-35A Lightning IIs in Sept. 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Julie M. Shea)
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Vermont ANG Welcomes Final F-35A Lightning II

Col. David Shevchik, Jr., commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, is greeted by Airmen as he lands the wing’s final F-35A Lightning II prior to a ceremony marking its arrival at the South Burlington Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Oct 14, 2020. The aircraft is the 20th and final to be assigned to the [Read More …]

U.S. Army National Guard aircrews fly two UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to the 1-126th Aviation Regiment in support of Special Operations Forces training, Sept. 18, 2020, from Rhode Island. The aircrew supported day-time, air assault training operations. (Air National Guard photos by Tech. Sgt. Deirdre Salvas)
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RIARNG’s 1-126th AVN supports special ops, air assault training

U.S. Army National Guard aircrews fly two UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to the 1-126th Aviation Regiment in support of Special Operations Forces training, Sept. 18, 2020, from Rhode Island. The aircrew supported day-time, air assault training operations. (Air National Guard photos by Tech. Sgt. Deirdre Salvas)

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 …]

Col. Cory Kestel, 114th Operations Group commander, prepares a F-16 fighting falcon for launch prior to his 3000 hour flight at Joe Foss Field, S.D., Aug. 14, 2020. Kestel reached 1000 flying hours in 2007 and 2,000 flying hours in 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Duane Duimstra)
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114th Operations Group Commander reaches flying milestone

Col. Cory Kestel, 114th Operations Group commander, prepares a F-16 fighting falcon for launch prior to his 3000 hour flight at Joe Foss Field, S.D., Aug. 14, 2020. Kestel reached 1000 flying hours in 2007 and 2,000 flying hours in 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Duane Duimstra)