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Members and their families of the 115th Fighter Wing came together to celebrate the annual Children’s Holiday party where they were able to take pictures with Santa and his jet and participate in holiday crafts and games.  Since 2010, the 115th Fighter Wing Family Support group has coordinated and run the event with the support of many volunteers and donations from external organizations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Meghan Skrepenski, 115th Fighter Wing Public Affairs) Annual Holiday Party Showcases 115th FW Family Support
When you think of Fighter Jets, you don’t often think of Santa Claus at the same time, but for the children and families of the 115th Fighter Wing this has become a welcome norm. Since 2010, the 115th Fighter Wing Family Support group has coordinated and run the Children’s Holiday Event with the support of many volunteers and donations from external organizations. Often when the families of the 115th FW come together on the base, they are saying goodbye or hello as they prepare for or return from a deployment or training operation, and it’s an emotionally wrought time for all. This past year, family readiness supported the Take Your Child to Work event, Money Habitudes comprehensive airman fitness programming, and Yellow Ribbon events. In addition, family readiness has supported send-offs and returns for both the 115th FW Theater Security Package deployment and 128th Air Control Squadron deployment, said Tanya Genz, the 115th FW airman and family readiness program manager. With an event like the Children's Holiday party, we show just some of the support that we can offer to the families of the base and it is fun for everyone involved.
0 12/07
2017
Staff Sgt. Chad Gaffney, a crew chief deployed with the 176th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit and Senior Airman Molly Hermanson, an administrative journeyman with the 115th Fighter Wing, prepare an F-16 Fighting Falcon for launch at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 19, 2017. Hermanson was able to assist with the launch through a Y-cord attached to her headset that allowed her to walk through alongside Gaffney.  Airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, are deployed to Kunsan for a 3-month rotation as part of a Theater Security Package, which helps to maintain a deterrent against threats to regional security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Meghan Skrepenski) Deployed Airmen Share Y-Cord Launch
Crew chiefs deployed with the 176th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit were able to share their experience with Airmen assigned to other functional areas with the 176th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron during their recent deployment to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Spearheaded by the 176th EFS First Sergeants, Airmen were able to sign up to watch a launch close up, and were able to actually assist with it. A double communications cable, “Y-cord” allowed headsets worn by the both the crew chief and the Airman to share communications, the Airman were allowed to walk through the launch directly alongside the crew chiefs.
0 11/22
2017
Airmen of the 115th Fighter Wing and their families were able to take a break together, at the end of the regularly scheduled drill day, Sept. 9 at Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin to enjoy a visit from Milwaukee Bucks' Rashad Vaughn and the Rim Rockers and Hoop Troop, along with the Milwaukee Bucks Dancers and Bango, the Bucks mascot.(U.S. Air National Guard Photo contributed). Flying High with the Milwaukee Bucks' Rim Rockers
Airmen of the 115th Fighter Wing and their families were able to take a break together, at the end of the regularly scheduled drill day, Sept. 9 at Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin to enjoy a visit from Milwaukee Bucks' Rashad Vaughn and the Rim Rockers and Hoop Troop, along with the Milwaukee Bucks Dancers and Bango, the Bucks mascot. The performance held in a hanger at Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin, was part of Milwaukee Bucks outreach, Statewide Tour presented by Pick ‘n Save, which ran Sept. 8-10 and Sept. 15-17. Four Rim Rockers, six Milwaukee Bucks Dancers, three Hoop Troop, Bango and Rashad Vaughn visited the base providing entertainment at the end of a busy work day, amidst lots of smiles and cheering from the fans in attendance. The visit was part of a larger tour, with 14 stops that weekend alone.
0 10/03
2017
115th FW USRs tour Oshkosh Defense Unit Safety Reps visit Oshkosh Defense
While touring Oshkosh Defense April 26, 2017, the 115th Fighter Wing unit safety representatives learned just what it takes to be an OSHA-VPP Star work site. The visit focused primarily on safety collaboration with fifteen USRs of the 115th FW learning about the outstanding efforts of Oshkosh Defense that earned the respected Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Voluntary Protection Program Star work site rating. The 115th Airmen took away a number of concepts they hope to integrate into the 115th FW safety program, as they learned more about the employees and business practices of the remarkable safety culture at Oshkosh Defense.
0 8/02
2017
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Vandermolen, left, and Tech. Sgt. Erich J. Sanford, explosive ordnance disposal specialists with the Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wis. provide emergency first aid to an injured team member during the Audacious Warrior exercise at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 27, 2017. The 12 day long exercise utilized the extensive training facilities of Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center and Fort McCoy Total Force Training Center to provide EOD teams from eight different states comprehensive classroom and scenario based training in EOD tactics and procedures difficult to obtain at their respective home stations. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman) Audacious Warriors EOD Training
Explosive ordnance disposal specialists from across the nation honed their skills during two weeks of intensive training known as Audacious Warrior, an exercise held between two training bases in Wisconsin, June 19-30, 2017. Audacious Warrior began six years ago as part of a larger training event, and has continued to grow and evolve each year since becoming its own exercise. EOD members attended from Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin. Audacious Warrior was conducted between sites at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas and Fort McCoy Total Force Training Center. Members of the 115th Fighter Wing EOD team and 115th FW Security Forces facilitated the training for approximately 25 members.
0 7/12
2017
Members of the 115th Fighter Wing Crash, Disaster or Disabled Aircraft Recovery Team in coordination with Wausau city officials, police and city workers move a 1969 A-7 Corsair II aircraft through the streets of Wausau behind a 1966 John Deere 4020 tractor June 13, 2017 in Wausau, Wis. CDDAR aircraft movement coordination
It’s not every day that members of the 115th Fighter Wing Crashed, Damaged, Disabled Aircraft Recovery team hook up a 1966 John Deere 4020 tractor to tow a 1969 A-7 Corsair II Aircraft through city streets, but that is exactly what happened on June 13, 2017 in Wausau, Wis. The A-7 was towed by the tractor as nine members of the 115th FW CDDAR team directed the safe movement of the aircraft through the streets of Wausau to its new resting place, in Alexander Airport Park, near Wausau’s Downtown Airport.
0 6/23
2017
An F-16 Fighting Falcon circles a Cessna aircraft during a fertile keynote exercise in the airspace above central Wisconsin on July 12, 2016. A fertile keynote is a term used to describe practice intercept missions. The 115th Fighter Wing has been exercising its aerospace control mission since the events of 9/11. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode) Intercept missions increase pilot readiness
Through the small window in the back left-side of the private plane, they were easy to spot. Two Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons were quickly approaching. The pilots were talking on the radio, trying to get a response."Where are you heading? What are you doing? I need you to land."The conversation was kind to start with, and quickly got
0 9/11
2016
A team of firefighters from the 115th Fighter Wing Truax Fire and Emergency Services pose for a photo outside thier fire truck in Madison, Wis., June 6, 2016. This team of firefighters helped save a woman's life by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a lifesaving technique used when someone's hearbeat has stopped or that person is not breathing. (Photo courtesy of Master Sgt. Gary Peck) Firefighters perform CPR, save life
They were more than 10 hours into their shift when the call came in. None of them knew the impact they were about to make, or that the events of May 24 would be burned into their memories forever.Capt. Jeffery Barker, Mathew Bartol, Steven Dempsey, Chris Klapoetke, Casey Klossner, Ryan Pafford and Joshua Popanz, firefighters for the 115th Fighter
0 6/15
2016
A fire extinguisher sits on the ground of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal storage space at the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wis., April 6, 2016. The fire extinguisher was used by an EOD Airman to put out a car fire after coming across the one-car accident on the highway. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode) EOD Airmen demonstrate emergency roadside readiness
They thought it was just another ordinary day. Due to mission requirements and tasks that kept them on base longer than planned, they got a late start. The two 115th Fighter Wing Airmen, venturing out for their two-hour drive to inspect and verify the condition of a bomb at hardwood range, were clueless about the impact they were really about to
0 4/06
2016
Maj. Adam Kinzinger, 115th Fighter Wing RC-26 Metroliner pilot, stands beside Col. Jon Kalberer, 176th Fighter Squadron commander, as The Meritorious Service Medal award package is read during a ceremony at Truax Field, Madison, Wis., March 5, 2016. Kinzinger received the award for various mission accomplishments including 420 million dollars of drug-related seizures, more than 700 arrests of high-value drug traffickers, and two deployments in support of overseas contingency operations where he executed over 275 combat flight hours and 100 combat sorties. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode)
Capitol Hill to RC-26 cockpit
He wakes up, slides into a dress suit and heads out for the day. From committees to meetings with constituents to Capitol Hill, he keeps himself informed and spends his time passing on the information he has gathered throughout the day, hoping to make a difference in the lives of others.One weekend a month, he chooses to make a difference in the
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2016
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