An A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, conducts a training mission at Warren Grove Range, New Jersey, July 21, 2020. Warren Grove Range is operated by 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard and hosts a variety of aircraft and ground-to-air support training missions. (Courtesy photo by Jeff Deckman)
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MDANG A-10 Training at Warren Grove Range

An A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, conducts a training mission at Warren Grove Range, New Jersey, July 21, 2020. Warren Grove Range is operated by 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard and hosts a variety of aircraft and ground-to-air support training missions. (Courtesy photo by Jeff Deckman)

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich.-- Senior Master Sgt. James Richards (far right) evaluates Staff Sgt. Derrick Mason, a Weapons Load Crew Chief and his crew, Airman 1st Class Matthew Gannon, and Airman 1st Class Robert Gilmore, all from the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, as they load the GAU-8/A 30MM internal gun system of the A-10 Thunderbolt II. The ammunition loading system is able to upload and download the 30MM rounds simultaneously, enabling the aircraft's gun to be reloaded rapidly for critical combat missions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry L. Awell)
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Crews load A-10 munitions

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich.– Senior Master Sgt. James Richards (far right) evaluates Staff Sgt. Derrick Mason, a Weapons Load Crew Chief and his crew, Airman 1st Class Matthew Gannon, and Airman 1st Class Robert Gilmore, all from the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, as they load the GAU-8/A 30MM internal gun system [Read More …]

219th Security Forces Squadron members from left to right Airman 1st Class Wyatt Becker, Senior Airman Noelle Kurowski and Senior Airman Seth LaBodda move through training smoke as they advance into position during force-on-force training in a military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) village training structure at Camp Gilbert C. Grafton, near Devils Lake, N.D., July 16, 2020. The MOUT building structures offer realistic training for the security forces members to practice entering, clearing and securing buildings as they carry out battle scenarios. They are wearing protective gear because they are firing simunition rounds that are similar to paintball rounds in order to provide more realistic conditions for training. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)
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219th Security Forces Squadron participates in realistic training at Camp Gilbert C. Grafton, N.D.

219th Security Forces Squadron members from left to right Airman 1st Class Wyatt Becker, Senior Airman Noelle Kurowski and Senior Airman Seth LaBodda move through training smoke as they advance into position during force-on-force training in a military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) village training structure at Camp Gilbert C. Grafton, near Devils Lake, N.D., July 16, 2020. The MOUT [Read More …]

Although snakes did not end up in anyone’s boots as the popular phrase states, they did end up in key leaders’ hands. Idaho National Guard key leaders held rattlesnakes and assisted the Idaho National Guard Environmental Management Office biologists with tagging, studying and measuring rattlesnakes on July 8, 2020 at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, locally known as the NCA. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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There’s a snake in my boot – Key military leaders assist with tagging and the study of rattlesnakes

Although snakes did not end up in anyone’s boots as the popular phrase states, they did end up in key leaders’ hands. Idaho National Guard key leaders held rattlesnakes and assisted the Idaho National Guard Environmental Management Office biologists with tagging, studying and measuring rattlesnakes on July 8, 2020 at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation [Read More …]

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. T.J. Copic, an F-16 fighter pilot assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, prepares for a training flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at the 180FW in Swanton, Ohio, June 30, 2020. The 180FW is the only F-16 fighter wing in the state of Ohio, whose mission is to provide for America; protection of the homeland, effective combat power and defense support to civil authorities, while developing Airmen, supporting their families and serving in our community. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)
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180th Fighter Wing Conducts Training Flights

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. T.J. Copic, an F-16 fighter pilot assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, prepares for a training flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at the 180FW in Swanton, Ohio, June 30, 2020. The 180FW is the only F-16 fighter wing in the state of Ohio, whose mission is to provide for America; protection [Read More …]

Airmen assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, present their skills in career fields including avionics, crew chiefs, munitions, weapons and operations, Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., June 25, 2020. These Airmen come from some of the most critical career fields in ensuring the 158th is mission capable with the F-35A Lightning II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
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Highlighting VTANG Airmen

Airmen assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, present their skills in career fields including avionics, crew chiefs, munitions, weapons and operations, Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., June 25, 2020. These Airmen come from some of the most critical career fields in ensuring the 158th is mission capable with the F-35A Lightning II. (U.S. [Read More …]

U.S. Air Force Colonel Geoffrey Jensen, 173rd Operations Group commander, shows off his new shoulder patch after landing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, June 24, 2020. On this flight, Jensen accomplished 3,000 flight hours in the Eagle, joining a select group of “Eagle Drivers”. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Adam Smith)
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Kingsley Pilot Accomplishes 3,000th Flight Hour

U.S. Air Force Colonel Geoffrey Jensen, 173rd Operations Group commander, shows off his new shoulder patch after landing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, June 24, 2020. On this flight, Jensen accomplished 3,000 flight hours in the Eagle, joining a select group of “Eagle Drivers”. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Adam Smith)

Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment executed an extraction mission via a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over Healy, Alaska., June 18, 2020. As part of a combined effort with the Department of Natural Resources, the Guardsmen rigged and airlifted “Bus 142,” an historic icon from book and film, “Into the Wild,” out of its location on Stampede Road in light of public safety concerns. The bus will be stored at a secure site while the DNR considers all options and alternatives for its permanent disposition. (Alaska National Guard Coutesy photo by Brent Goodrum, DNR)
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Flying over “Into the Wild” bus 142

Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment executed an extraction mission via a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over Healy, Alaska., June 18, 2020. As part of a combined effort with the Department of Natural Resources, the Guardsmen rigged and airlifted “Bus 142,” an historic icon from book and film, “Into the Wild,” out of its location [Read More …]

Feco, a Hungarian Vizsla single purpose bomb dog and members of the U.S. Coast Guard District 11 Maritime Safety and Security Team, prepare for a helicopter hoist training operation at the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Air National Guard Base, California, June 15, 2020. California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing train regularly with the Coast Guard to assist with hoist operation proficiency. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino)
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HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter hoist training

Feco, a Hungarian Vizsla single purpose bomb dog and members of the U.S. Coast Guard District 11 Maritime Safety and Security Team, prepare for a helicopter hoist training operation at the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Air National Guard Base, California, June 15, 2020. California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing train regularly with the Coast Guard to assist [Read More …]

New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews conduct water bucket training in Riverhead, New York, June 12, 2020. The New York Army National Guard conducts helicopter firefighting when local agencies request support through the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Sean Madden)
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Helicopter Firefighting Training

New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews conduct water bucket training in Riverhead, New York, June 12, 2020. The New York Army National Guard conducts helicopter firefighting when local agencies request support through the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Sean Madden)