• 129th maintainer is the California ANG NCO of the Year

    Tech. Sgt. Fernando Wilkins was in Iraq when he got the word he was nominated as the 129th Maintenance Group's candidate for the California Air National Guard NCO of the Year competition. "I didn't even ask to be nominated. I was just doing my job like anybody else," when his supervisor nominated him, he said. "My boss, Senior Master Sgt. Mike
  • Chaplain's assistant pulls inauguration duty

    For some people, deployments might be voluntary or involuntary, but for Staff Sgt. Rachel E. Cruz, a chaplain's assistant at the 129th Rescue Wing, timing was everything. "I had just finished a class, and had a few days off when I got the call, asking if I could deploy in support of President Obama's inauguration," Sergeant Cruz said. "I was very
  • March Portrait of a Professional

    A non-prior-service C-130 Radio Operator for the past four years, Staff Sgt. Dan Naylor is the 129th Rescue Wing's Portrait of a Professional for March. Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. Motivation to enlist: "I've always had a love of flying."Favorite AF memory: "It's the best
  • Tricare benefits available for Traditional Guardsmen

    The Tricare Reserve Select is a premium-based health plan available to Airmen at 28 percent of the premium cost. TRS offers coverage similar to Tricare Standard (and Tricare Extra) with the active duty family member deductibles and cost shares applied to both the Selected Reserve member and family members under the TRS plan. The plan offers all
  • Air Guardsmen help marine researchers stay 'green'

    Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Feb. 17-18 by transporting critically needed facility batteries to the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. Two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, aircrews, and logistics personnel were part of the operation to transport 48 photovoltaic batteries, each weighing
  • Airmen, Coast Guardsmen train then save together

    After wrapping up a day of training with Coast Guardsmen Jan. 29, the aircrew of Jolly 91, an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, were ready to head to Moffett Airfield, home to the 129th Rescue Wing. The Jolly 91 Airmen were dropping off their rescue brethren, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105, at U.S. Coast Guard
  • Deployed 129th PJs search for Americans in capsized boat

    Servicemembers from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa participated in a three-day rescue operation in an effort to save three Americans from a capsized sailboat 260 miles off coast of Madagascar in late January. One of the three Americans was found alive after being spotted by servicemembers aboard an HC-130P as the aircraft flew a
  • Wing dives into the online world of YouTube

    Striving to spread the wing's rescue story to an audience on a global scale, the 129th Rescue Wing Public Affairs Office recently launched a 129th YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/129thRescueWing. YouTube.com is a popular video sharing Web site where users can upload, view and share video clips for free. Videos are tagged with key words that make
  • LRS ‘Port Dogs’ form wing’s first Aerial Port Flight

    The 129th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Aerial Port Flight stood up here Nov. 1, 2008, effectively transforming the way the wing deploys Airmen at home and abroad. 129th Aerial Port personnel, also known as "Port Dogs," are specialized Airmen trained to manage in-transit passenger and cargo movements for state directed missions and AEF

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