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Plane wreckage following an aircraft incident during the 2015 Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wis., July 22, 2015. Lt. Col. Ben West, 115th Fighter Wing pilot, and Maj. Michael Bracki, 126th Air Refueling Wing pilot, were both on scene helping to get passengers to safety following the incident. (Photo courtesy of Lt. Col. Ben West) Aircraft incident cues Airman instinct
He heard commotion from the crowd. Something was about to go terribly wrong. He popped his head outside the bunker he was in and as he made his way around the corner, the earth shook and smoke poured into the sky.It was a pilots' worst nightmare.Instinct kicked in as he watched his buddy's feet take off into a fast sprint. Rather than running
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A falcon rests on a perch while scanning the airfield as part of the Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard prevention program at Lask Air Base, Poland, Sept. 14, 2015. The BASH program’s goal is the preservation of war fighting capabilities through the reduction of wildlife hazards to aircraft operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman/Released) Polish safety program takes flight
Pilots and aircraft participating in Aviation Detachment rotation 15-4 at Łask Air Base, Poland, are benefiting from a rather unique flight safety program.Commonly referred to as Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard prevention, the program's goal is the preservation of war fighting capabilities through the reduction of wildlife hazards to aircraft
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Staff Sgt. Chris Johnson, 115th Fighter Wing accounting liaison, answers finance questions at the customer service desk in Madison, Wis., Feb. 4, 2015. Johnson was recently named the 2014 Non-commissioned Officer of the Year for the state of Wisconsin. His outstanding Airman nomination packet was one of dozens reviewed by a panel of five chief master sergeants. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Rhode) Positivity leads Airman to success
His positive character is evident as he speaks. When asked about his feelings on the award he just won, he is humble - showing constant appreciation to his finance team for giving him the tools he needed to succeed. When asked about his family, his eyes light up with joy as he tells stories of how he met his wife and how much fun he has watching
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Senior Master Sgt. Craig A. Mortvedt, Cheryl (Wife), Riley (Son, 11) and Alex (Son, 7).  (Photo courtesy of Tina Bazala Photography) Work hard attitude proves fruitful
He possesses superior leadership qualities, performs well on the job, is involved in his community and has many noteworthy personal achievements. Senior Master Sgt. Craig A. Mortvedt, personnel superintendent of the 115th Fighter Wing, is Wisconsin's Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, and moving on to compete against his peers around the
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Tech Sgt. Jon LaDue of the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing, seen here during his 2013 deployment. LaDue was named the U.S. Air Force's Military Broadcast Journalist of the Year for 2013. Wisconsin National Guard file photo Wisconsin Air Guardsmen takes top award in Air Force media contest
Tech. Sgt. Jon LaDue, a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing based in Madison, Wis., was named the U.S. Air Force's Military Broadcast Journalist of the Year in the 56th annual Air Force Media Contest.LaDue, currently on assignment as news director and combat correspondent with the Air National Guard's Training and
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Tech. Sgt. Michelle Reed, 153rd Medical Group optometry technician, watches the joy a Lighthouse Christian Academy student has after she gives a pair of glasses to him during Cajun Care 2014 in Abbeville, La., March 6, 2014. Air National Guard and Navy personnel visited the school to examine the students' and teachers' eyes, and later returned with glasses for all who needed them. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti) ANG Airmen, Sailors enhance Louisiana childrens' eyesight
Imagine an 8-year-old who is having a hard time in school. It is a challenge to see what the teacher puts on the blackboard. Reading out loud is embarrassing because the letters blend together and it is hard for him to distinguish between them. School is more of a struggle than it should be.Now, imagine that same 8-year-old after a vision test.
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Staff Sgt. Angela Krepline, 115th Force Support Squadron services, prepares for lunch in the Single Pallet Expeditionary Kitchen during Cajun Care 2014 in Abbeville, La., March 4, 2014. There were six Airmen from the 115th FSS who were in charge of providing two meals per day to approximately 100 people during the 10-day mission. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti) Expeditionary kitchen gives Airmen training opportunity, provides food to service members
Cajun Care 2014 kicked off in Abbeville, La., on Feb. 25. Airmen and Sailors have been busy non-stop. Not only are they helping more than 100 patients a day with their medical, dental and optometry needs - but there are also more than 100 service members who need to be fed every day.Ensuring there was enough food for all was a challenge six Airmen
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An Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing prepares to be fueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker during a training exercise near Key West, Fla., Feb. 5, 2014. The 115th FW came to Key West in February to reduce the likelihood of flight cancelations due to weather. The two-week deployment allowed pilots to test their expertise against dissimilar aircraft. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti) Teamwork raises Wisconsin guardsmen to new heights
The KC-135 Stratotanker pilot and co-pilot keep the jet as steady as possible. The boom operator patiently waits to perform her job. Distance is called out inside her headset. They're 15 miles out. Now, they're only five miles out. She anxiously looks through the small glass window, trying to locate the F-16 Fighting Falcons. They can see her
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Tech. Sgt. Melanie McDonald, 115th Fighter Wing Fitness Working Group organizer and coach, works out at the base gym on Truax Field in Madison, Wis., Jan. 9. McDonald teamed up with two Airmen to develop the Fitness Working Group. They currently have more than 15 members and are implementing a running group and fitness classes for those who are interested. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti) Airmen initiate fitness program
Listen to the radio, watch a TV show or simply have a conversation with friends. Odds are the topic of weight loss will come up when New Year's resolutions are discussed.Conversations between Airmen at the 115th Fighter Wing are a little different. Yes, they are still talking about exercising and eating right, but losing weight isn't their main
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People gathered in Hanger 406 at Truax Field to celebrate the 115th Fighter Wing's 65th anniversary, Sept. 7, in Madison, Wis. The unit, which was established in September of 1948, celebrated its anniversary over the September unit training assembly. (Air National Guard Photo by 1st Lt. Stephen Montgomery) 115th Fighter Wing celebrates 65-year heritage
More than 400 Airmen, retirees, elected officials and local business leaders gathered in Hangar 406 at the 115th Fighter Wing Sept. 7 to celebrate 65 years of the Wisconsin Air National Guard in Madison, Wis. "It was an awesome event," Senior Airman Andrea Liechti said. "I've only been on this base for a little over a year - I had no idea the
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