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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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