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U.S. Airman Staff Sgt. Brian Jarvis, broadcaster, 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Air National Guard Base, Calif., checks over his camera gear in preparation for an overseas deployment, October 15, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino/released) An Airman Finds Meaning in Getting Left Behind
Since the day I enlisted, my ultimate goal with the Air National Guard was to deploy, even if it meant to a Middle Eastern sandbox not high on anyone’s tourist list. Sure, I had gained experience from every facet of my military journey, from basic training to tech school and live exercises. But deployment, as I saw it, is where “Service Before Self” truly gets put to the test—the test that separates those of us who serve from those who sit on the sidelines.
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California Air National guardsman, Master Sgt. Eric Valdez,  MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft loadmaster, looks out across the clear water of Florida's Key region during a reconnaissance and refueling mission supporting search and rescue efforts following hurricane Irma, September 11, 2017.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Prouse/released) Setting Up for Success in One Day: A Hurricane Irma Story
Hurricane Irma had made landfall on Florida. And for the past two days, the storm was snaking its way up the Florida peninsula. Irma's initial contact with Florida was as a category five hurricane with sustained winds as fast as 185 mph. Irma's ascent inland was approaching the northern panhandle of Florida where the 129th Rescue Wing aircraft and personnel had been pre-staged for relief operations since September 9th.
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Chief Master Sgt. Todd Miskelly, Air National Guard Security Forces Functional Manager and Lt. Col. Brian Griefer, Operations and Training Branch Chief, NCB/A4S present the Air National Guard Security Forces 2016 Unit of the Year award to the 129th Security Forces Squadron during a ceremony at Moffett Air National Guard Base, Calif., July 18, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/released) Security Forces Squadron of the Year! The 129th Stays Ready!
Air National Guard Security Forces Squadron of the Year: an award bestowed to the best of the best in the ANG. And for 2016, the Defenders standing tall in the end hail from the 129th Security Forces Squadron.Chosen out of a pool of over 100 different squadrons, the 129th Rescue Wing’s Security Forces Squadron took the mantle of being the Air
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U.S. Air Force airmen from the 129th Security Forces Squadron prepare to train on a Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives (MILO) Range at Moffett Air National Guard Base, Calif., Feb. 15-2017.  The MILO Range, is a modular area designed to accommodate a multitude of training scenarios to law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/released) State-of-the-art MILO Range: A 300° Battlefield
Bodies run into darkness screaming for the chaos to stop as weapons are waived and fingers rest on triggers. Shots go off but only seem to be flashes of lights.  The enemy lay incapacitated as the two members of the 129th Security Forces Squadron turn to see their results.The Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives (MILO) simulator is designed to
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Trainee Mathias Sendekie performs a push-up during a drill weekend at the 129th Rescue Wing, April 3, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Brian Jarvis/Released) "Older" Recruits Find Their Second Act in the Air National Guard
It used to be that if you joined the military after the age of 30, you were a dinosaur.Long considered a young person's game, the military has typically aimed its recruiting efforts at teenagers, enticing them with the lure of travel and adventure.  In a post 9/11 world, however, as the needs of the military have evolved in order to engage multiple
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Members of the 129th Rescue Wing maintenance squadron unfold the main blades of an HH-60 Pavehawk shortly after its arrival at Royal Australian Air Force base Townsville for operation Angel Reign, June 28, 2016. The 129th MXS unfolded a total of two helicopters which were later used for multiple exercise missions alongside pararescuemen.   (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/released) Angel Reign: Joint Training in the Outback
The 129th Rescue Wing departed Moffett Federal Airfield on June 26 for Townsville, Australia as part of joint training exercise Angel Reign. While there, California Air Guardsmen participated in a diverse set of search and rescue (SAR) training exercises with the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Army."This mission is about the 129th
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Staff Sgt. Michael G. Fong with the 129th Rescue Wing (right) checks a members identification card during gate guard duty, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., April 2, 2016. Fong works as an Augmentee for the 129th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/Released) From Interim to Permanent: One Guardsman’s Path to Becoming a Permanent Enforcer
Security Forces Augmentee; a temporary duty assignment many Airmen would strive to stay away from. Not only does it require continuous proficiency in one's main duties, it also asks a service member to occupy a seat in the world of security forces should the need arise.For one Guardsman at the 129th, the situation is ideal. Be an Augmentee while on
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U.S. California Air National Guardsmen, Tech. Sgt. Joshua Tidwell, (left) and Senior Airman Juan Ortiz, crewchiefs with the 129th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., remove a broken windshield from an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter during Angel Thunder 2015 exercises at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., June 2, 2015. The windshield was damaged due to flying debris. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachael Kane/Released) 129th Rescue Wing Teams up With Navy on Phase Inspections
When it comes to conducting 600-hour phase inspections to ensure that helicopters are fully mission-capable, repeating the mantra "Do more with less" has its limitations.Phase inspections, typically mandated every two years or when an aircraft accumulates 600 hours of flight time, often require up to eight maintainers at a time and can take the
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U.S. Airmen with the 129th Security Forces Squadron, California Air National Guard perform heavy arms training, Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2015. The training is in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Kim E. Ramirez/Released) "Protecting the Protectors": 129th Security Forces Gears Up For Deployment
In October, approximately 30 Airmen from the 129th Security Forces Squadron participated in a training mission at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, Calif. The purpose was twofold: annual training for traditional Guardsmen, and pre-deployment weapons qualification.Over the course of four days, participating Airmen got the chance to test their
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U.S. California Air National Guardsman Capt. Kenley Lok, Combat Systems operator with the 130th Rescue Squadron, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., determines the location of the MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft during Angel Thunder 2015 exercises, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., June 5, 2015. Determining correct location coordinates is vital during search and rescue operations.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachael Kane/Released) Angel Thunder 15: Adapt or Perish
With any training exercise comes a certain level of uncertainty. This ambiguity, however, does not foster fear or trepidation but allows military members to adapt and overcome obstacles just as they would while deployed. The key is to determine mission readiness by testing key components such as different terrains, network competences and equipment
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