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  • North Dakota National Guard responds to tornado

    The school mascot in Northwood, N.D. is the 'Thunder', and in the early evening hours around 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 26 a tornado brought a thunder like no other, ripping through the N.D. town of about 900 people. The tornado that wreaked havoc with the trees, buildings and homes in the close-knit rural community was no ordinary summer twister; it was an
  • Military Funeral Honors classes in Fargo

    It was an exhausting, but rewarding week for the volunteers attending the Military Funeral Honors training Aug. 12-17. Members from the Air National Guard, Army National Guard and the Navy Reserve received the training at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fargo, N.D. The course is designed to educate military members in a variety of funeral honor
  • Air National Guard stands up its largest Security Forces Squadron

    The Air National Guard Security Forces, Detachment 2, is well underway with the stand up of a new mission at Minot Air Force Base, S.D. The detachment is prepared to have their first Unit Training Assembly in October. Detachment 2 is the largest Security Forces squadron in the Air National Guard. The detachment will be officially designated the
  • First Air Force, AFNORTH, CONR multi-tasks

    The past few months have chronicled tragic events in Minnesota and Utah, a category five hurricane, and two successful space shuttle launches and landings. First Air Force, Air Forces Northern Command (AFNORTH) and Continental US NORAD Region (CONR) assets were there. The triple-hatted command is tasked to provide air defense for space shuttle
  • EPLOs deploy for hurricane

    The Air Force has deployed eight Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers, or EPLOs, to various parts of the United States and to Puerto Rico as Hurricane Dean becomes an imminent threat. This deployment was the result of the Federal Emergency Management Agency warning order, and subsequent execute order, according to Colonel Gary Brand, Air Forces
  • Florida Senator Bill Nelson tours Tyndall

    Florida Senator Bill Nelson visited Tyndall AFB  August 9, 2007, during one of his scheduled stops on a Florida panhandle tour. The senator was greeted at the 601st Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) by 1st Air Force Commander, Major Gen. Hank Morrow, and the 601st AOC Commander, Colonel David Kriner. While meeting with Maj. Gen. Morrow, the
  • TAPS helps military families

    Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is a non-profit organization that assists military families who have lost loved ones. Through peer support, mentoring, and other programs offered, the TAPS seminar and TAPS' Good Grief Camp, held on Memorial Day weekend in Alexandria, Va., allowed participants the opportunity to speak from their
  • National Guard efforts leading to success on the U.S.-Mexico Border

    Airmen of the Air National Guard and Soldiers of the National Guard from all over the country have been deploying to the United States' southern border-states since the very early stages of Operation JUMP START (OJS), which began June 15, 2006. The Guards' border mission is to provide support to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Border
  • No-notice inspection no problem for Det. 1

    Detachment 1, 125th Fighter Wing, was primed and ready for a June 7, 2007, no-notice Alert Force Evaluation (AFE) inspection, which garnered them an overall outstanding rating. "Generally all (AFE inspections) are no notice and are conducted on an 18-month cycle," said Canadian Lieutenant Col. Michael J. Barrett, Director of Inspections, NORAD

         An Alabama Air National Guard fighter squadron out of Montgomery has deployed in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE.      The 187th Fighter Wing sent F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, pilots and aircraft maintainers to the northeast United States to conduct alert operations. They relieved the Vermont Air National Guard's 158th Fighter Wing, who had