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  • May 2009 Portrait of a Professional

    Staff Sgt. Boris Opachich, 129th MXS, is the 129th Rescue Wing's Portrait of a Professional for May. Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. What is your favorite memory in the AF? My favorite  memory in the Air Force is when I got to go on a trip to  Florida with Ops last summer. What motivated you
  • Silicon Valley rescue C-130s go digital

    Nestled in the center of the world's technology epicenter is the 129th Rescue Wing of the California National Guard. Search and rescue is the wing's primary mission, which often involves low-tech but courageous life-saving actions. The mission is about to get a high-tech boost from an innovative communication system called the Situation Awareness
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Focus on recognition, prevention

    This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and programs around the country are committed to raising awareness and promoting the prevention of sexual violence. In the spirit of SAAM, I thought I'd take this opportunity to introduce myself as the wing's new Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, or SARC. The SARC falls under the Sexual Assault
  • 2008 Air Force Security Forces Reserve Airman of the Year

    Staff Sergeant Alejandro "Alex" C. Alvarado said he joined the California Air National Guard and Security Forces in September 2003 because he wanted to serve before committing himself further to his education. "As a kid, I always wanted to be law enforcement," he added. Sergeant Alvarado's childhood goal was validated when he was recognized as the
  • Making deployments happen: 129 LRS/LGRDX

    The three people currently assigned to the 129 Logistics Readiness Squadron, Plans and Integration Office, or 129th LRS/LGRDX, might be responsible for anything from handling war reserve materials to working out various support agreements for the wing. However, for the hundreds of Airmen deployed by the 129th Rescue Wing over the past year, this
  • April Portrait of a Professional

    A prior-service Security Forces NCO, Staff Sgt. Michael Tjaarda, 129th Security Forces Squadron, is the 129th Rescue Wing's Portrait of a Professional for April. Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. What is your favorite memory in the AF? After a 14-year break in service, re-enlisting was like
  • PJs use specialized skills to assist car accident victim

    Air National Guard members from the 129th Rescue Wing here displayed their lifesaving skills as they aided a car crash victim March 9 near Suisun, Calif. Two combat rescue officers and four 131st Rescue Squadron pararescuemen were traveling north on Highway 80 to survey a potential new parachute drop zone near Gold Run, Calif., said Capt. Damon
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