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  • Workin’ like a dog

    The 47th Security Forces Squadron military working dog building stands by itself, sheltering both dog handler and their partner. As the door opens, the dogs erupt into barking anticipating their partners return."Each handler knows which bark belongs to their dog," said Staff Sgt. Curtis Lewis, 47th SFS MWD handler. "That's how well we handlers know
  • Airfield operators learn a variety of skills at Keesler

    Airfield operators perform and manage airfield operations functions and activities, including air traffic control, airfield management and operations to facilitate the flying mission at their base. "The big challenge is that there is a lot of leadership early on," said Capt. Joshua Ord, 334th Training Squadron instructor supervisor. The airfield
  • Occupational therapy: skills for the job of living

    It looks like any other medical office, with white walls and tables for patients to lie on, but the gadgets around the room are unusual. There is a short tree of clothespins on a counter next to a model of a hand with no skin. Another counter has a bin of hot, melted wax on it.The occupational therapy office at Keesler Medical Center, headed by
  • Air University's mobilization assistant emphasizes AFRC force development

    The new mobilization assistant to the commander and president of the Air University spoke recently about the purpose and methods of deliberate force development for the careers of Air Force reservists.Brig. Gen. Jocelyn Seng addressed a biweekly meeting of the Guard and Reserve Network, or GARNET, held at Air War College in April and attended by
  • Air Force spouse's children's book helps families

    Deployments can mean long days and nights for the families who are left behind, but there are ways to ease the pain of separation and maintain a normal routine.The wife of an Air Force brigadier general, who knows the stressors of deployment well, has used her family's experiences as the basis of a children's book that helps families cope with the
  • OTS military training instructors help shape next generation of officers

    Dating back to September 1947, U.S. Air Force military training instructors have represented one of the most visible special-duty career fields in the service. From the original group of "Flight Marchers" to today's MTIs, the need to train new Airmen has remained constant. Today, 500 Airmen in the grades of staff sergeant through master sergeant
  • Shadowing basic training: An experience from the instructor's perspective

    After Tech. Sgt. Joshua Sharp spent three days shadowing a military training instructor in the 322nd Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, it solidified his decision to become an Air Force MTI."I already had a pretty good idea I wanted to do this, but the shadowing really hammered it home," Sharp said."Hearing the MTIs talk about
  • Special victims' counsel steps forward against sexual assault

    When Maj. John Bellflower looked across the courtroom where a court-martial for an alleged sexual assault was taking place, he saw the defendant at a table with his two lawyers and three attorneys representing the Air Force at another table.So why not have legal counsel for the alleged victim?That's when the importance of the Air Force's new
  • From Haiti to Laughlin: One Airman's extraordinary journey

    America has always represented a chance for one Laughlin Airman to achieve his dreams and he has always given his best in all he pursues.Senior Airman Evens Perjuste, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron is many things: a student seeking his master's degree, a volunteer always lending a hand and a representative of the Air Force in the Laughlin Honor
  • Defending a prejudiced nation

    San Antonio Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated members met Feb 6. at the Kendrick Enlisted Club. The Tuskegee Airmen enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps becoming the first African-American Airmen in 1940. They exhibited patriotism even though their society deemed them as unworthy, unskilled and incompetent. These Airmen not only fought a war abroad, they
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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