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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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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