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Director of the Air National Guard visits 136th Airlift Wing

Mrs. Heidi Bearden, Airman and Family Readiness program manager, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard explains to Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke the importance and impact of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for returning veterans after 180-day deployment with no awaiting jobs, during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. The wing is one of two TAP hubs in the Nation with the other located in Phoenix, Arizona. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Mrs. Heidi Bearden, Airman and Family Readiness program manager, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard explains to Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke the importance and impact of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for returning veterans after 180-day deployment with no awaiting jobs, during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. The wing is one of two TAP hubs in the Nation with the other located in Phoenix, Arizona. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard eats lunch with the Airmen of the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard while listening to the Airmen’s concerns during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. Lt. Gen. Clarke gave the Airmen a challenge to mentor others and serve with distinction. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard eats lunch with the Airmen of the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard while listening to the Airmen’s concerns during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. Lt. Gen. Clarke gave the Airmen a challenge to mentor others and serve with distinction. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Major Gen. John Nichols, Adjutant General for Texas, greets Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard during his site visit to the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. This is Lt. Gen. Clarke’s first visit to the Wing since his appointment as the director of ANG. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Major Gen. John Nichols, Adjutant General for Texas, greets Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard during his site visit to the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. This is Lt. Gen. Clarke’s first visit to the Wing since his appointment as the director of ANG. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard, listens intently to Tech. Sgt. Jimmy Shaw, metals  fabrication technician, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. Shaw explains the process for repairing an engine cowling to Lt. Gen. Clarke. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard, listens intently to Tech. Sgt. Jimmy Shaw, metals fabrication technician, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. Shaw explains the process for repairing an engine cowling to Lt. Gen. Clarke. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Master Sgt. Nora Castro and Tech. Sgt. Carolyn Tatum, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard, show off the coin they received from Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. Lt. Gen. Clarke awarded the coins for serving with distinction. . (Air National Guard photo by Airman Cody Witsaman/released)

Master Sgt. Nora Castro and Tech. Sgt. Carolyn Tatum, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard, show off the coin they received from Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. Lt. Gen. Clarke awarded the coins for serving with distinction. . (Air National Guard photo by Airman Cody Witsaman/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard show off his coin prior to rewarding the Airmen of the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard for serving with distinction at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013 during his site visit. The number 54 signifies 50 States, three territories and one District. (Air National Guard photo by Airman Cody Witsaman/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard show off his coin prior to rewarding the Airmen of the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard for serving with distinction at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013 during his site visit. The number 54 signifies 50 States, three territories and one District. (Air National Guard photo by Airman Cody Witsaman/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard meet and greet with the Airmen from the 136th Communications Flight, Texas Air National Guard during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. He challenged each of the Airmen to serve with distinction and mentor their fellow wingman. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard meet and greet with the Airmen from the 136th Communications Flight, Texas Air National Guard during his site visit at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013. He challenged each of the Airmen to serve with distinction and mentor their fellow wingman. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard coins Master Sgt. Nora Castro, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard for serving with distinction at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013 during his site visit. Lt. Gen. Clarke coined four Airmen from the wing. (Air National Guard photo by Airman Cody Witsaman/released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director, Air National Guard coins Master Sgt. Nora Castro, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard for serving with distinction at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Aug. 21, 2013 during his site visit. Lt. Gen. Clarke coined four Airmen from the wing. (Air National Guard photo by Airman Cody Witsaman/released)

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT WORTH JRB, Texas -- Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke, director of the Air National Guard visits the 136th Airlift Wing here August 21, 2013. Clarke had other engagements in Dallas and made it a point to visit the local Air National Guard base since he had the opportunity.

 Airmen from around the wing were able to sit and talk with Clarke during a luncheon and discuss topics ranging from ANG budget, deployments, and his own personal history in the Air Force.

Throughout the luncheon Clarke was very attentive showing "that [each Airmen' s] questions and concerns were important to him; so important that he wants to address them one on one at a sit down for lunch," said Tech Sgt. Carolyn Tatum, logistics pans specialist, 136th Logistics Readiness Squad.

"Ask me anything," said Clarke.

It was apparent to the Airmen involved in Clarke's visit that he cares what each Airmen has to say and how each individual supports the ANG through their work and leadership.

After the luncheon, Clarke coined four deserving Airmen of the 136 AW for their outstanding achievements. He thanked each Airman and challenged them to use what they have learned thus far to mentor their fellow Airmen.

On being asked what the coin meant, Tatum said, "I was accepting the challenge to mentor and groom others to the standards of the Air National Guard."

Clarke continued his tour by visiting different shops around the wing. Clarke as able to get a firsthand look at the Airmen and Family Readiness program, and was able to learn about the Transition Assistance Program for deployed Airmen returning after 180-day deployments with no jobs awaiting them. The 136 AW is one of two hubs in the entire nation, the other is Phoenix, Arizona.

"The classroom can hold up to 50 veterans at one time," explained Mrs. Heidi Bearden, Airmen and Family Readiness program manager, 136th Airlift Wing. "Our goal is to expand the knowledge base of our our returning [from 180-day deployment] veterans and help them with their financial planning as they transition out of active duty."

Completing the tour, Clarke seemed very pleased with the work being done at the 136 AW and was glad to have met many exemplary Airmen throughout the wing. 

"All I ask of the Airmen is to serve with distinction," said Clarke.