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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations, AStar and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter fly over U.S. Bank Stadium in advance of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 29, 2018. The Western Air Defense Sector worked with the CBP to enforce the Federal Aviation Administration’s temporary 30-mile radius flight restricted area over the Super Bowl game. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Glenn Fawcett) WADS provides air defense for Super Bowl 52
While the New England Patriots were taking on the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis Sunday, the Western Air Defense Sector was guarding the airspace around U.S. Bank Stadium.
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Capt. Jason Allenton, an air battle manager assigned to the 225th Air Defense Squadron, Western Air Defense Sector, is the second ever U.S. Air National Guardsman to graduate from the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) located at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada.  As a TOPGUN graduate, Allenton will share new techniques and best practices with his fellow Airmen and members of the Navy who come to train at the WADS from nearby installations in the Puget Sound.  (Courtesy photo) WADS air battle manager graduates Navy TOPGUN
An Air National Guardsman was the second ever to graduate from the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), Dec 15, 2017 at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada.
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Lt. Col. Eric Corder, assistant director of operations for the 225th Air Defense Squadron, greets members of the Guatemalan Air Force Aug. 25, 2017.  As part of the State Partnership Program visit, Corder leveraged his 28 years of air defense expertise to provide feedback about the functionality and validity of the Guatemalan national air defense network.  The SPP links a state's National Guard with the armed forces of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship by means of tailored, small footprint, high-impact security cooperation engagements that foster long-term enduring relationships with U.S. friends and allies around the world.  The SPP arose from a 1991 U.S. European Command decision to pair reserve component soldiers and airmen with the armed forces of the then newly formed nations of the Baltic Region following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc. (U.S. Air Force photo by Major Alexander Hau) WADS provides air defense expertise to Guatemalan Air Force
Three members of the Western Air Defense Sector’s 225th Air Defense Squadron travelled to Guatemala in August to provide air defense expertise to the Guatemalan Air Force.
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The WADS team of Capt. Nicholas Rhodes (from left to right), Maj. Matthew Horrocks, Staff Sgt. Kayla Sharpe, and Capt. Gregory Firestone coordinate expeditiously with an orbiting AWACS aircraft and joint terminal attack controllers on the ground to assist with aviation rescue of  victims of Hurricane Harvey in areas surrounding Houston, Texas. WADS remotely saves over 800 Hurricane Harvey victims
The Western Air Defense Sector on Joint Base Lewis-McChord diligently worked with dozens of agencies and first responders in direct support of search and rescue operations in the Houston area following the wake of destruction left by Hurricane Harvey since Aug 30.
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The American's softball team poses for a photo after winning the Western Air Defense Sector U.S. vs Canada Softball Challenge Cup Sept. 1 with a final score of 22 to 7.  Pictured from left to right are: (back row) Keven Blackwell, Nicholas Rhodes, Ian Crocker, Ryc Cyr, Kevin Weaver, David Bauld, Peter Hickam, Ryan McCray, and Michael Delaney.  (Front row) Carlos Gonzales, Allan Lawson, Joseph Landis, Daniel Rebstock, David Quelland, Robert Staszek, Michael Doing, and Jason Weczorek. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Kimberly D. Burke) WADS U.S. vs Canada Softball Challenge Cup
Twice a year the Washington Air National Guard’s Western Air Defense Sector holds a sports day where American and Canadian service members assigned to the unit can engage in a friendly battle for superiority on the hockey ice and on the softball fields.
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