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U.S. Air Force Col. Jim Jones, 121st Air Refueling Wing Commander, presents retired Staff Sgt. Jesse Reese with the Distinguished Flying Cross medal Jan. 16, 2015, in Dover, Ohio. Reese earned the medal on Dec. 31, 1944,  as a tail gunner over the skies of Hamburg, Germany. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released)
World War II veteran receives medal over 70 years later
Over 70 years ago, Staff Sgt. Jesse Reese earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in World War II. Today he received it during a ceremony held at the St. Joseph Family Life Center in Dover, Ohio.Reese was a Tail Gunner assigned to the 337th Bombardment Squadron, 96th Bombardment group, near Hamburg, Germany. On December 31, 1944, his
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Julie Murray accepts the Richard L. Boggs Leadership Award at an awards formation, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Dec. 13, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wintgens/Released) Refueling wing supervisor recognized for resiliency, leadership
She leads and mentors 24 Airmen, oversees supply issues and is the interim Traffic Management Superintendent, but leaders at the 121st Air Refueling Wing here singled out Senior Master Sgt. Julie Murray for more.Murray - Material Management Flight Chief in the Logistics Readiness Squadron - recently earned the Robert L. Boggs Leadership Award given
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8-year-old Roman Pettograsso marshals a KC-135 Stratotanker with help from U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rich Turner Dec 11, 2014, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. The 121st Air Refueling Wing hosted Pettograsso for their inaugural pilot for a day program.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)
Wing welcomes youngest pilot; newest tradition
Roman Pettograsso, an 8-year-old boy from Galena, Ohio, visited the 121st Air Refueling Wing as the unit's first honorary pilot for a day. The event, practiced at other military bases around the country, is a community outreach program that works with local hospitals to welcome children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for a day of
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A 121st Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 149th Fighter Wing recently over Chile. The aircraft were taking part in Exercise Salitre. (Photo submitted/Released) Aircrew, maintainers gain from multinational exercise
Eighteen Airmen from the 121st Air Refueling Wing here returned home from Pudahuel Air Base, Chile Oct. 20 after participating in Exercise Salitre.The Airmen spent two weeks supporting and training air forces from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and the United States.The Airmen represented the wing's aircraft maintenance, logistics readiness,
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Chief Master Sgt. Tom Guard, a KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator in the 121st Air Refueling Wing, refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio in the skies over Ohio Nov. 26, 2014. Guard was taking his final flight after 41 years of service in the military and is set to retire on Dec. 19, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released) Boom operator takes final flight after 41 years of service
Chief Master Sgt. Tom Guard, chief boom operator in the Ohio National Guard's 121st Air Refueling Wing, took his final flight on a KC-135R Stratotanker here Nov. 26. The mission included refueling two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 180th Fighter Wing, Toledo, Ohio. One of the steps in the aircrew checklist is to announce over the intercom system
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Master Sgt. Jeffrey Jones gives a First Sgt. briefing to members of the Ohio Air National Guard at RAF Lakenheath on July 29, 2014. The Ohio Air National Guard has members from the 121st Air Refueling Wing, 179th Airlift Wing, and 180th Fighter Wing training with active duty counterparts from their specific career fields working with both RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wintgens/Released) Ohio Air National Guard units train in England
Ohio Air National Guard units came together with the active duty Air Force, as they performed annual training during the month of July and into August, 2014, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Members of the 180th Fighter Wing, 179th Airlift Wing and 121st Air Refueling Wing trained with their active duty counterparts from their specific career fields,
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Patrick Linder, 121st Air Refueling Wing Security Forces Squadron, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, walks through the streets of a mock village at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., August 6, 2014. During the training, 121st SFS Airmen received instruction on mission planning, land navigation, building entry, casualty evacuation, and how to shoot, move and communicate. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Wendy Kuhn/Released) Security Forces takes Alpena by storm
Mission planning, land navigation, building entry, casualty evacuation, combat life-saving - these are just some of the skills that were honed at the 121st Air Refueling Wing Security Forces Squadron's annual training at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich. from July 26, 2014 until Aug. 8, 2014.Of the squadron's 127 members,
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U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Soldiers stand ready to help disaster victims during exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Vibrant Response is a major homeland emergency response exercise conducted by U.S. Northern Command which involves about 5,500 military and civilian personnel from 28 U.S. states and territories. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released) Vibrant Response 2014
Airmen from the 121st Air Refueling Wing participated in a major homeland emergency response exercise conducted by U.S. Northern Command at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Joint Exercise Vibrant Response involves more than 5,500 military and civilian personnel from 28 U.S. states and territories. It is considered the nation's premier disaster response
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Default Air Force Logo 121st members participate in mass fatality exercise
Members of the 121st Air Refueling Wing Force Support Squadron and 121st Medical Group participated in the 2014 Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management Mass Fatality Full-Scale Exercise at the National Center for Medical Readiness, Fairborn, Ohio, Apr. 17, 2014. The 2014 MCOEM FSE was a one day exercise that focused on key local and
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Senior Airman Keshia Shutts received a Christmas morning phone call from President Barack Obama while deployed at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter) Deployed Airman receives Christmas phone call from President Obama
12/26/2012 - KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- "Hello, President Obama? ... I'm great, how are you?"So began the most memorable phone call of a six-month deployment for Senior Airman Keshia Shutts with the 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron here, who received a Christmas morning phone call from President Barack Obama.The
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