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  • An adventure in Puerto Rico

    When you think about an exercise what do you think of? Putting on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear? Flying to another country to do training? Lucky for me, I was tasked out of the 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs office to go to Puerto Rico to act as a civilian reporter for Vigilant Guard.
  • LEAP: Final Thoughts

    Within a month, I was connecting with the locals and developing lasting friendships with some of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever encountered.
  • LEAP: The Immersion Begins

    Kindness is a pretty cool thing to live by - I highly recommend it!
  • LEAP: Language Enabled Airmen Program

    My name is Capt Krystal Lowder and I am the 33rd Fighter Wing’s Protocol Officer. I was born in Chi-town (Chicago)! I am headed to India for 29 days for an Air Force funded language intensive program.
  • Banner month for the F-35A and the 33rd

    Thanks for reading the first issue of Nomad News! In future articles, I hope my words will be more profound. For now, I’d like to just say thank you for the great work and write a little about Northern Lightning.
  • Remembering our Nomads

    Nomad, Tech. Sgt Jody Mann, reflects on the terrorist attack at Khobar Towers and the work life of one of the victims, Airman 1st Class Brian McVeigh.
  • How do you 'spend' Christmas?

    It was October. My wife and I knew Christmas was near, because the holiday decorations had hit the shelves of local retailers, and as reality set in, we both understood that the few remaining weeks before the big day would be checkered with trips to the mall, late nights sifting through sales in local newspaper, and perhaps a "concrete camping
  • Leaders: the good, bad, and forgotten

    It's been my Air Force experience there are three categories of leaders- the Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten. Everyone reading this probably thinks they're in the first category, but we know that's not the case. Airmen who work for you certainly wish that were true, but not every leader's an all-star, some not even close. So while most think they
  • Likely Teammates: SARC, EO

    Sexual assault and sexual harassment have both existed in our culture since the beginning of our history; however, each has had their time of intense focus. Society has always looked at sexual assault as a social evil, but it was a hidden crime, so it hit the military like a lightning bolt when we heard what some were saying was happening in our
  • Asking for help is sign of strength not weakness

    Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as "The Greatest." I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, "When did you know that you were 'The Greatest?'" Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, "Perhaps it was when you knocked out George Foreman in 1974?"Ali
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After 2 weeks on the road at #NorthernLightning 19-2 our student pilots came home with a joint training exercise under their belt. Fire from the clouds! #RAGE
While our #Nomads have to say goodbye to #NorthernLightning and return home, the things they learned there will last a lifetime. Check out some highlights from our #Airmen's time at Volk Field ANGB and hear about why it was so important that we brought the LIGHTNING.
#NorthernLightning 19-2 is at a close. We're packing up and heading home. It's been great visiting the badger state and we can't wait to come back...until then stay "ready to #RAGE." 🔥
Major Josephine Beacham, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, visited the crew here at #NorthernLightning 19-2 and took a moment to share how proud she is of our Nomads. #FireFromTheClouds
In true Nomad fashion, we're prepping to head back to the sunshine state BUT before we say goodbye, follow MSgt Ray Avant, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons Section Chief, as he shows what has been our "home away from home" AMU here at #NorthernLightning 19-2.
Our Gorillas came ready to RAGE for our last go of exercise #NorthernLightning 19-2!!! Way to finish strong... 💪🦍 #goodjobgorilla Check out these shots from today 😎
Woot woot! Here's a message from 1st Lt Cassie Herman, 58th Fighter Squadron aircraft maintenance unit OIC. #NorthernLightning 19-2
#Nomads, help us celebrate our newest SSgts! These #Airmen will soon take on the responsibility of becoming NCOs in the #WorldsBestAirForce!
#BehindTheScenes Dan Spratto, a Pratt and Whitney field service engineer, works hard to provide support to our #Airmen as a specialist for the F-35's engine. "This is my first exercise with the 58th Fighter Squadron but I'm a 26 year Air Force veteran so I've been in quite a few exercises. I was an engines Airman and have been working with jet engines for over 34 years. My favorite part is being out of the heat of Florida! I'm kidding. It's been great just seeing the Airmen so enthusiastic about supporting the mission and doing something unique out here in Wisconsin that they don't get to do often in training wings."
Catch us in the sky. How about that? Today our Gorillas blessed the skies with our F-35A Lightning IIs. Feast your eyes on these beauts. #NorthernLightning 19-2 😍
#BehindTheScenes 1st Lt Cassie Herman, 58th Fighter Squadron aircraft maintenance unit OIC, holds an important role in keeping our maintenance #Airmen on track and taken care of. "I'm looking at big picture here and being the liaison between our maintenance unit and ops. I'm making sure my people are taken care of, I'm making sure that maintenance is running smoothly, and I'm making sure we provide our pilots with safe reliable aircraft. My favorite part is interacting with people I don't get to see all the time. We have four shifts back home and I'm on day shift so I see one group of people but here I get to see everyone. There's no meetings so I have no reason to be behind a desk and I get to go out on the line, help people pull chocks, and whatever else they need. I can help my Airmen and get to know them better."
FACT: Our crew has been killing it out here at #NorthernLightning 19-2! And now a message from the boss himself, Col. Jon S. Wheeler. #FireFromTheClouds
#RAGE Just minutes before stepping our Gorillas are briefed in preparation for the morning's flights. #NorthernLightning
#BehindTheScenes SrA Yeng Vang Client Systems Technician, not only maintains the computers for the 58th Fighter Squadron but steps out from behind the computer to learn as much as he can. "After everything on the Comm side was set up, I got to go outside to the flight line and get to experience the maintenance side. I learned how to marshal a jet, haven't gotten the chance to yet but I'm excited to. With the F-35, a lot of maintenance has to go through the computer systems. With ALIS especially. When we got here we found out our computers weren't working with ALIS because of conflicting configurations so we had to set that up first. If we weren't here then ALIS and the maintenance side wouldn't have been able to operate."
Check out our Gorillas working hard on the weekend. These fuel systems repair Airmen keep our #F35 aircraft fit to fly! 🦍💪🔧 #RAGE
Not only is it #F35 Friday it's also #Freestyle friday! Our Gorillas work hard and play hard to perfection. Watch how they add a little style while launching our F-35A Lightning IIs. #NorthernLightning #RAGE
It's #F35 Friday closing out the first week of #NorthernLightning at Volk Field ANGB. Check out some photos of our Gorillas "getting ready to RAGE." 🦍💪
#BehindTheScenes: SSgt Nicholas Ferrari, 58th Fighter Squadron aircrew flight equipment NCOIC, is out here at Volk Field ANGB, Wisconsin providing safe equipment for our pilots during the #NorthernLightning exercise. But Ferrari got a living, breathing reminder of just how important he and his team's work really is when he bumped into Capt. Graeme Ross, a pilot he supported during another exercise at Osan Air Base, ROK. "It was a Friday during an exercise and we got a call that said, 'Real world, get to the office'. When we got there they said there had been an ejection, that the guy is okay, and we have to start locking down our records. I ran the parachute shop at the time and had to print out who had packed which chute with their qualifications then I looked and thought 'Hey! That's my parachute!' Capt Ross had ejected with a parachute I packed and it saved his life. I even got a coin with the 36th and the aircraft number etched on it after which was great!"
The Wisconsin weather is keeping things interesting at Northern Lightning but the Nomads and all our brothers and sisters in service came to train, rain or shine. Flexibility is the key to #AirPower!
Get ready for our #Nomads to put the LIGHTNING in #NorthernLightning2019! #Airmen from the #33FW are on the ground at Volk Field ANGB for the kick off of the second Northern Lightning exercise this year. Follow the story here or on our #Instagram @33FighterWing