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Wyoming Air Guard supports SkillsUSA Wyoming

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April 15, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

High school memories often include friends who opted to attend vocational or skills training rather than a full academic track. SkillsUSA Wyoming capitalizes on the desires of these students by offering a venue to hone technical, skilled, and healthcare work skills, reinforce self-confidence and communication skills, instill pride in work, and promote involvement in community service.

Members of the Air National Guard will recognize that these traits parallel the Air Force Core Values of Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. Staff Sgt. Michael Palmer, a recruiter for the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard determined that the students attending SkillsUSA Wyoming Championships would be positive assets for the Wyoming Air National Guard.
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Wyoming National Guard holds inaugural 5K event

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April 15, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

More than 500 Wyoming service members, their families and retirees participated in the inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K ruck, run and walk at the Wyoming Air National Guard Base on April 12.

The 153rd Airlift Wing hosted the event which was held to raise awareness about sexual assault and prevention. Participants were able to run, ruck with a minimum of 35 pounds or walk the 3.1 mile course and prizes were awarded to the fastest times in multiple categories.

Fifty volunteers assisted in the event which raised more than $900 for local charities.
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Wyoming National Guard Air Traffic Control Racks up more awards

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March 18, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

The 243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, Radar Approach Control, won the D. Ray Hardin Air Traffic Control Facility of the Year award for 2014.
Some of the units many accomplishments include expedited control of medical evacuation aircraft, support for Modular Airborne Fire Fighting missions, and assistance to in-flight emergencies.

The squadron directly supports Cheyenne Regional Airport and is considered the most reliable facility in the Air National Guard.
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153rd Airlift Wing returns nearly 100 Airmen from overseas deployment

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March 9, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

Nearly 100 members of the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, are now home with their families following a recent deployment to Southwest Asia. The final plane returned home last week.

Airmen successfully provided combat airlift support, logistics, maintenance and medical support as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom's Sentinel.

The deployment included the use of four 153rd Airlift Wing C-130H Hercules aircraft and two aircraft from the West Virginia Air National Guard. In total, Wyoming Air Guard crews flew 649 sorties, equaling 1,310 flying hours, while delivering 3,140 personnel and 2,370 tons of cargo to various destinations in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Persian Gulf region, as well as the Horn of Africa.
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Command Chief Abbott offers career advice to Rising 6 members

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March 8, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

153rd Airlift Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael D. Abbott spoke to about 20 enlisted members of the Rising 6 organization on the topic of managing a successful career in the Air National Guard on Mar. 7. Rising 6 members consist of Airman in the ranks of Airman Basic to Tech. Sgt. who inform leaders of issues which impact involving Airmen and noncommissioned officers.

The chief informed the group on wing happenings, answered questions about rumors and funding, but primarily spoke on how remembering a couple key items can create a successful enlisted military career.
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Wyoming Guard assists Colorado Guard with deployment

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February 18, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

Airmen assigned to the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard loaded cargo February 9-13 at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado in support of the recent 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard deployment to South Korea.

Senior Master Sgt. Darby Whitesell, Tech. Sgt. Thomas Kidder, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Escobedo, and Staff Sgt. Andrew Macleod used a 153rd Airlift Wing Next Generation Small Loader, which was transported from Cheyenne to Aurora, to load containers and assisted with tying down larger equipment on six civilian and military aircraft. The Wyoming Air Guard air transportation specialists along with 1st Lt. Mark Verbruggen, 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren Air Force Base collaborated with the 433rd Airlift Control Flight and 733rd Student Training Squadron, Joint Base Lackland to upload over 311,000 pounds of cargo.
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Wyoming MAFFS crew receives Aircrew Distinction

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January 15, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

A guard, reserve and active duty aircrew aboard a Wyoming Air National Guard C-130H3, recently received the Air Mobility Command Chief of Safety Aircrew of Distinction Award for its efforts following a landing gear malfunction while fighting fires in southern Utah. 

The Modular Airborne Firefighting System crew had finished two successful fire retardant drops when it was instructed to reload for a third drop at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah. As the crew prepared to land, Maj. Jack Berquist, aircraft commander, and his co-pilot, Maj. Derik George, noticed the nose gear wasn't functioning properly. At that point, the crew, including the navigator Capt. Brett Goebel, flight engineer Tech. Sgt. Damian Hoffmann, and load masters, Master Sgts. Brandon York and Christian Reese, began troubleshooting the problem. Berquist also began communicating with Hill Air Force Base's air traffic control about the issue.
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153rd Services Flight mixes things up, serves brunch

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January 12, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

When 153rd Airlift Wing members gather here at the dining facility, DFAC, each drill weekend, they can catch up with airmen from other units, talk shop and enjoy a warm meal. This month they were able to do all of this earlier than normal as the 153rd Services Flight served a late breakfast in place of lunch Sunday.

The brunch consisted of mostly typical breakfast items because Services airmen--who generally prepare lunch only--needed to complete training in preparing, cooking and serving breakfast to a large group of people, such as the hundreds who frequent the dining facility each UTA weekend.
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Wyoming Air Guard Civil Engineers Hone Skills at Silver Flag

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January 12, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

Members the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, recently completed "Silver Flag" training at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

The seven day training involved personnel demonstrating skills such as building and maintaining bare-base operations at a forward-deployed location.

"Silver Flag provided a great opportunity to develop our wartime skills in a Joint Force Environment," said Lt. Col. Bret Trippel, 153 CES commander. "We partnered with over 240 active Air Force, Guard, and Marine Corp personnel. The training ensured that the 153 Civil Engineer Squadron's skills were honed and current."
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Wyoming Air Guard Members Celebrate Homecoming Following the Holidays

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January 10, 2015 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

Around 60 members of the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, returned home this week following a two-month deployment to Southwest Asia. The airmen successfully provided combat airlift support, logistics, maintenance and medical support to Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom's Sentinel. The return home means many members can now celebrate the holidays they missed while deployed.

"We plan to have Christmas dinner tonight," said Master Sgt. Devin Henry, an aircraft fuel systems craftsman with the 153rd Maintenance Squadron. Henry said he also plans to surprise his two boys, Danyle and Donovyn. "They know I'm coming home, they just don't know when. We're going to surprise them." For the Henry's the deployment was actually made easier, thanks in part to technology. Tech. Sgt. Charrolet Henry, who is also a member of the 153rd, said the couple spoke often. "We talked all the time - on FaceTime, through email, text. The First Shirt there also handed out phone c
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Wyoming Air Guard deploys in support of Overseas Contingency Operations

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November 2, 2014 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

U.S. Air Force Airmen from 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, recently deployed to Southwest Asia in support of The Global War on Terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Deployed members belong to various units to include, Operations, Logistics, Maintenance and the Medical Group. For some members this was their first deployment, but they looked forward to the deployment.

"I wanted a purpose in life and to make an impact," said Airman 1st Class Kristen Stohl, a crew chief.
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From the Field: Medical provider brings back lessons learned, memories from ¨frozen South¨

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April 12, 2014 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

"I dreamed I was giving care under fire for the next five nights at home. The training was that intense."

That training etched in Maj. Debbie Walker's mind and sleep was the Combat Casualty Care Course, an eight-day joint-service course in Texas conducted for medical readiness personnel such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses and other specialized health care providers to enhance operational medical readiness. The training is designed to provide leadership skills, field medical knowledge and the ability to combine both in stressful combat situations.
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Wyoming helps Guard neighbor to north with mission ‘makeover’

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April 12, 2014 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

It is not uncommon for members of the Wyoming Air National Guard to tell others the Guard is like a second family. And like family, they take care of one another, provide mentorship up and down the ranks and lend a helping hand when needed.

In February, members of the WY ANG took the family concept across the border to assist the Montana ANG with its ongoing transition from F-16 fighters to C-130 cargo and transport missions. This involved a full weekend of training and mentorship in multiple career fields both inside and outside the aircraft.
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153rd Security Forces Squadron Change of Command

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February 4, 2014 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

Capt. Sean C. DeVeau, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, assumed command of the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Security Forces Squadron from Lt. Col. Kristina Tweedy, Feb. 2, 2014.

"I am honored to have been selected as the 153rd Security Forces commander. Following in the footsteps of Lieutenant Colonel Tweedy will be a difficult and exciting challenge. I believe the Airmen of the 153rd Security Forces Squadron makes this one of the best commands in the state," said DeVeau.

DeVeau previously served as chief nurse for the Wyoming Army National Guard's Medical Detachment and is employed as a registered nurse at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Cheyenne. He is currently completing his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Wyoming, College of Law.
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Wyoming Guard Members recognized as outstanding

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January 15, 2014 in Cheyenne Airport and Air National Guard, Wyoming by clevine

Members of the Wyoming National Guard were recognized for their outstanding service during 2013 at the Outstanding Soliders and Airmen of the Year banquet Saturday night.

The following individuals were recognized for their leadership, military bearing, knowledge of military customs, community service and personal achievements.

Sgt. Michael Whitley, 1041st Engineer Company, Soldier of the Year.

Sgt. Kenneth Hicks, 84th Civil Support Team, Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.
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