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  • WADS Airman volunteers for state COVID relief, unemployment processing and wildfire response

    An infrastructure technician from the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, demonstrated the tremendous value of a drill status Guardsman this summer.
  • Largest-ever firefighting activation for Nevada Air National Guard continues; unit conducts DoD mission

    Over one million gallons of fire retardant have been dropped this fire season by military aerial firefighting units such as the “High Rollers” of the Nevada Air National Guard and the support continues.
  • Commander of Air Combat Command visits the 601st Air Operations Center

    U.S. Air Force Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of Air Combat Command, speaks to members of the 601st Air Operation Center during a visit to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 29, 2020. Kelly spent a portion of his morning visiting with members of 1st Air Force and 601st AOC and learning about their vital air defense mission supporting the North
  • AFNORTH, partners demonstrate enhanced counter UAS capability

    Air Forces Northern, headquartered at Tyndall Air Force Base Fla., partnered with agencies from across the United States to conduct the first large-scale demonstration of a second generation counter Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) capability recently. The event took place at nearby Eglin Air Force base, Fla.
  • WADS Guardsman recognized by Washington State Bar Association

    The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) awarded Deputy Staff Judge Advocate Maj. Danielle Rogowski of the Western Air Defense Sector, the 2019-2020 WSBA Public Service and Leadership Award.
  • Western Air Defense Sector key player in evolution of Advanced Battle Management System

    A small Washington Air National Guard unit has become a key player for Air Force acquisitions in the evolution of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). Members of the Western Air Defense Sector participated in the second ever ABMS “onramp” event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Sept. 2-3, 2020.
  • Whitehead named senior enlisted advisor to CNGB

    Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, named Chief Master Sgt. Tony L. Whitehead as the next senior enlisted advisor for the NGB Aug. 3. Whitehead will be Hokanson’s principal military advisor on all National Guard enlisted matters affecting training, utilization, health of the force and enlisted professional development. “Chief Master Sgt. Whitehead brings with him tremendous leadership experience earned during a remarkable career in the Air Force and Air National Guard,” said Hokanson. The outgoing senior enlisted advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, is retiring.
  • Coast Guardsman recognized as Aerospace Control Alert Maintainer of the Year

    You’ve seen the bright orange helicopters speeding to a scene to rescue those in peril, gunning outboard motors on go-fast boats during counter narcotic missions or thwarting potential threats in secure air spaces. In a typical year, the Coast Guard responds to 20,000 search-and-rescue cases and save more than 3,500 lives. Search and rescue, saving lives, protecting the home front whether on land, sea or air – these are just some of the core missions the brave men and women of the Coast Guard carry out every single day. However, most if not all of these critical missions would not take place if it wasn’t for the highly trained maintenance aircrews diligently working behind the scenes ensuring the safety of those before they even take to the air. For Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Anton, an avionics electrical technician at the Coast Guard’s National Capital Region Air Defense Facility, this maintenance can mean the difference between life and death. “Proper maintenance on the ground is so incredibly important,” said Anton. “When you’re flying, there’s a million spinning objects in the air waiting to kill you.” With a mindset like that it’s no wonder why Anton was recently recognized as Aerospace Control Alert Maintainer of the Year for the Continental U.S. NORAD Region. He was selected from among 42 Air Force, Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and Canadian Air Force nominees. Anton was also the sole Coast Guard enlisted member nominated for the award and the only rotary-wing alert detachment represented in the NORAD Operation Noble Eagle inventory of alert aviation forces.
  • AFNORTH CAP Volunteer Honored as AETC Top Instructor

    First Lt. Ralph "Bo" Korpman, an active-duty U.S. Air Force officer who also commands the Rio del Fierro Composite Squadron in Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing, has been named the Air Education and Training Command's 2019 Instructor of the Year among 60,000 personnel.
  • Historical moment as Humphrey assumes command of WADS

    For the first time in the Western Air Defense Sector’s history, a prior enlisted WADS Airman becomes the new Title 10 commander. Col. Scott C. Humphrey assumed command during a virtual assumption of command ceremony Aug. 6, 2020, in the WADS conference room located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.