Carried response to Maria

Air National Guard Airmen with the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah, Ga., drive forklifts with hurricane response supplies and gear for airlift to Puerto Rico and St. Croix, Sept. 25, 2017, at Savannah Air National Guard Base. The cargo was loaded onto a 143rd Airlift Wing, Rhode Island Air National Guard C-130J cargo aircraft. The flight departed this morning with a security forces contingency from the Washington Air National Guard as well as embedded national media from NBC nightly news. As of Monday morning, the 165th Airlift Wing loaded C-130 and KC-135 aircraft from 11 states with cargo, gear, and passengers in 69 sorties to the disaster areas in Puerto Rico and St. Croix. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Hurricane change of station

Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Derwin Wesson and his wife Batina or “Blue” Wesson, await a flight out of Savannah Air National Guard Base to St. Croix, Sept. 24, 2017. Wesson is the incoming Virgin Islands Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major. The couple was delayed at the Georgia Air National Guard, 165th Airlift Wing processing center with their cat and three dogs during their change of station, amidst hurricane disaster recovery efforts in the Caribbean. Hundreds of military, state and federal personnel are processing through the support for contingency operations center. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Air Guard wings line up at Savannah for Maria recovery

(A team of Air National Guard aerial porters from the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah load a palette of water destined for St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Sept. 22, 2017. More than four tons of water and food will be delivered to people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo by 165th Airlift Wing)

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Air National Guard Airmen began lining up operations for aircraft, cargo, and passengers through Savannah Air National Guard Base here Sept. 22 to support the recovery and relief operations after Hurricane Maria lined up to pulverize Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced disaster declarations shortly after Maria passed over the islands to be among the strongest recorded hurricanes to hit the United States. It followed two other major hurricanes making landfall this month.
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Air Guard continues hurricane recovery efforts

Air National Guard Airmen and civilians assigned to the ANG Crisis Action Team facility at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland work issues in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — The Air National Guard continued its hurricane recovery efforts in multiple states today. Thousands of Airmen from nearly every state and territory were called to duty in the past weeks in the face of unprecedented back-to-back massive hurricanes that left the South reeling and broken.

Millions of homes and businesses were without power. Among them, tens of thousands of structures flooded, or completely shredded, with 50 inches of rain dumped in Texas and with wide-spread hurricane damage in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, and the Caribbean.

National Guard Bureau officials stressed during their afternoon joint operations meeting Sept. 12 that although the dangerous weather passed, the need for safety and need for the National Guard has not — as long as states request support they will remain operating, they said.

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Anticipate this to help, for any disaster

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. The official logo for National Preparedness Month 2017. (Photo illustration by Ready.gov.)

Why check your emergency information? September is National Preparedness Month. Americans know natural disasters, if not from personal experiences, then through others’. Anticipating a disaster helps ensure our preparedness.

I’ll share my first memory, of Tropical Storm Carrie in 1972. I was four. I don’t recall much except that we had a gas stove and my mom popped corn in the dark while the thunder boomed outside. (I realize that this is small in comparison to disasters others faced, but it was pretty scary. So it must be for the kids in Houston.)

As Hurricane Harvey reminds us, while our memories fade, events may spring unrealized, anywhere and anytime. All severe weather can cause significant damage and risk of life. The need for proper emergency planning is critical in response. So if you’re with me, this might be our fair warning to recheck our records and plans for ourselves, family and friends.

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Flag’s up for Airman Leadership School

Staff Sgt. Mary Pelletier led the morning reveille today, August 22, for Airman Leadership School, Class 17-9, at the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. One hundred and eighteen fellow students backed her up, as well as the commander, commandant, instructors, and staff.

“SQUADRON, ATTEN HUT!” said Pelletier, calling the formation to attention before the raising of the flag.

It is a recurring Tuesday ceremony when EPME classes are in session. The formation also recites The Airman’s Creed.

EPME students in ALS and NCO academy begin leading reveille and retreat after some practice sessions.

Sergeant Pelletier and the others in ALS are at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center campus for the five-week school, which prepares them to serve as front-line supervisors.

The campus is the U.S. Air Force’s largest and longest continuously running EPME center, which began NCO academy classes during the summer of 1968.

National Guard generals cut ribbon to Craig R. McKinley Hall

Hundreds of people, including the National Guard’s senior leadership, past and present, gathered here under the summer sun July 27 to dedicate a lasting tribute to retired Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley, the 26th Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

National Guard Airmen and Soldiers, contractors, and community leaders dedicated the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center’s 46,871-square-foot facility in McKinley’s honor with speeches, music, tours, an unveiling, a ribbon cutting and a fly-over by the 134th Air Refueling Wing.

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