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Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Hobbs, 181st Weather Flight superintendent, prepares to don his parachute equipment before a deliberate water drop into Lake Worth in Forth Worth, Texas, May 20, 2017. Hobbs is part of the Air Force Special Operations Weather Team, and as a member must undergo unique training to operate in hostile and denied territories to provide on-the-ground weather reporting. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kristina Overton) Taking weather to new heights
Among the most highly trained fleet of Airmen in the Texas Air National Guard are those from the Air Force Special Operations Weather Team. Far from the typical expectation of meteorologists, Air Force Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT) airmen undergo unique training to operate in hostile and denied territories to provide on-the-ground weather
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Senior Airman Lauren Schoonover, 147th Medical Group, Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Texas, and Major Brett Ringger, 136th Medical Group, Texas Air National Guard, treat local resident in pop-up optometry clinic during ARCTIC CARE 2017, Port Lions, Alaska, March 28, 2017. ARCTIC CARE 2017 is part of the Innovative Readiness Training program, which is an Office of Secretary of Defense sponsored civil-military collaboration intended to build on mutually beneficial partnerships between U.S. communities and the Department of Defense. ARCTIC CARE 2017 provides training opportunities for U.S. military (Active, Guard, Reserve) and Canadian Health service members to prepare for worldwide deployment while supporting the needs of underserved communities on Kodiak Island, Alaska. (U.S. Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Wendy Day) Across the wild blue yonder to serve ARCTIC CARE 2017
KODIAK ISLAND, ALASKA --The mission of the Texas Air National Guard involves not only assisting individuals within the state, but also for nation-wide outreach efforts to provide relief and care for citizens throughout the country. When called, guardsmen are equipped to travel coast-to-coast to offer services when needed. On March 28, the need was
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Staff Sgt. Juan Nunez a security forces specialist with the 136th Security Forces Squadron, Texas Air National Guard, inspects his shot groupings at the M4 carbine zeroing range during the Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition March 3, 2017, at Camp Swift, Bastrop, Texas. The competitors shot 18 rounds to zero their weapons at 25 meters. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman De’Jon Williams) Single Father Driven to Become Best Warrior
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Finding motivation for accomplishing goals and excelling is something that most people can relate to. From making decisions in one’s everyday life to career choices that may affect the outcome of the future. Some even decide at a moment's notice to take on a new challenge to become the best version of themselves.A physically
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Senior Airman Benjamin Le, a services apprentice, 136th Force Support Squadron, Texas Air National Guard, poses for a photo at Metroflex Gym-Plano, Plano, Texas Jan. 4, 2017.  Le trains at Metroflex-Plano where his powerlifting coach works. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman De'Jon Williams) The power of motivation
FORT WORTH, TX - For many Airmen, the New Year is about new beginnings. This can be an opportunity to start fresh and a chance to begin working toward new fitness goals.For Senior Airman Benjamin Le, 136th Force Support Squadron services apprentice, Texas Air National Guard, Fort Worth, Texas, 2017 will be just another year and opportunity to
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, Texas adjutant general and commander, Texas Military Forces discusses the 28th mission of Thomas P. Faulkner, a former pilot and 1st. Lt. of the U.S. Army Air Forces’ 15th Air Force, in Italy during WWII where he earned his Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945. Faulkner is officially receiving his DFC 68 years after the fact at the 136th Airlift Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, Sept. 19, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released) WWII pilot presented Distinguished Flying Cross after 68 years
A World War II veteran was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony here at the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard, Sept. 19, 2013.Thomas P. Faulkner of Dallas was presented the award for his actions while serving as a first lieutenant and bomber pilot with the U.S. Army Air Forces' 15th Air Force, in Italy. Faulkner,
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Default Air Force Logo Commemorative parachute jumps honoring WWII heroes
U.S. Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Del Atkinson, 136th Security Forces Squadron, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, 101st Airborne Division (air assault), is a member of the Liberty Jump Team who performs commemorative parachute jumps honoring WWII heroes as well as veterans of all Wars and Foreign Conflicts."I joined the team because I wanted
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U.S. Air National Guard Master Sgt. Aubrey Beaver, 136th Security Forces Squadron yells out instructions to his fellow security forces members during a shoot and move exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, July 28, 2013. The exercise teaches basic maneuvers in an urban fire fight setting. (Air National Guard photo by Airman Cody Witsaman / released) Ready, aim, fire!
One team, one fight, a common phrase used in the military, has become the motto of the 136th Security Forces Squadron here. The SFS team is constantly focusing and training to handle realistic encounters down range, with the focus of this training on team building. The shoot and move exercise organized on July 25, 2013 here focused on "acting as a
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Default Air Force Logo Mobile kitchen feeds 500
Members of the 136th Force Support Squadron, Services Flight has been handpicked by the National Guard Bureau as the fourth unit to acquire a Babington Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer which arrived here February 22, 2013.The reputation of the 136th Services Flight as upholding high standards of excellence was a deciding factor in the
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181st Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT), Texas Air National Guard rehearse their checklist prior to jumping out of a C-130 belonging to the 136th Airlift Wing at Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base, Texas, Aug. 26, 2011. The SOWT are combat trained meteorologist who are part of special operations. (U.S. air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert) 181st Special Ops Weather Flight - Mild mannered or 'thrill junkies
A weatherman is a meteorologist who forecasts weather based on atmospheric and meteorological conditions. One might watch them on television forecasting on the nightly news in a nice air-conditioned environment; but not our Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT) members. They are battle-trained, combat ready meteorologists jumping out of
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Default Air Force Logo Strong Bonds is Coming for Labor Day Weekend
Does your family need a break in the action, time to reconnect with one another? Are you feeling like you want a weekend getaway to somewhere loaded with family fun? Well, look no further. Have we got a deal for you!The Strong Bonds Family Wellness retreat is coming to the 136AW in September during the Labor Day weekend at a premier hotel. And
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