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A 121st Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker undergoes depot maintenance, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Mar. 2, 2015. Depot maintenance is performed on aircraft every five years and involves stripping off the aircraft’s paint and removing many of the parts which are inspected, refurbished or replaced, if necessary. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Wendy Kuhn/Released) Operation Team Spirit improves efficiency, readiness
Members of the 121st Air Refueling Wing's Maintenance Squadron and Maintenance Group here took part in inspections on a 121 ARW KC-135 Stratotanker during its programmed depot maintenance as part of Operation Team Spirit, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Mar. 2, 2015 - Mar. 4, 2015. The program allows home station maintenance Airmen to collaborate
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Richard Gay, superintendent with the 121st Inspector General's Office, prepares to simulate an active shooter with Master Sgt. Charles Ferrell, non-commissioned officer in charge of plans and programs with the 121st Security Forces Squadron, April 15, 2015 at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. The training exercise was held to test the reaction of military members and the response time of security forces. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released) 121 ARW holds active shooter training exercise April 15
Airmen from the 121st Air Refueling Wing here, participated in a base-wide training exercise April 15 here.The training exercise involved an active shooter scenario, to test the reactions of the military members and the response time of Security Forces."Active shooter is our biggest threat here at the 121st," said 2nd Lt. Sherri Weaver, the
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U.S. Service members pose with Ohio employers during the Ohio National Guard Northwest Joint Employer Event April 9, 2015 at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. The event was held for employers around Ohio to come and learn about the mission of the National Guard, to foster support and build a partnership. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released) Civilian employers visit Rickenbacker
The Ohio National Guard (ONG) Central Joint Employer Event, hosting employers from around the state, was held at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base on April 9.The employers, nominated by the guardsmen that work for them, were invited to spend the day learning about Ohio National Guard missions and the responsibilities of Guard members via
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U.S. Air Force Col. Jim Jones administers an oath of fun to Ian Straight, a 12-year-old taking part in the 121st Air Refueling Wing's pilot for a day program March 19, 2015, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. The program treats a youth with chronic or life threatening illnesses to a day of military experiences. The 121st ARW has partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide this opportunity. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released) Pilot for a Day program hosts Ian Straight
Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing here hosted their pilot for a day program March 19, here.Ian Straight, a 12-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was chosen to participate in the pilot for a day program, a program that allows youth with chronic or life threatening illnesses the opportunity to enjoy a day of military experiences."This is our
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From left, Command Chief Master Sgt. Eric Wallace, Major Glenn Davis, and Senior Master Sgt. Ed Taylor, 121st Air Refueling Wing, interview Master Sgt. Earl Walker at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Feb. 7, 2015. Members of the 121st Air Refueling Wing participated in mock board interviews during the February UTA. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt, Zachary Wintgens/Released) A renewed focus on mentoring
One of the prevailing themes across the Wing in the recent Wing Climate Assessment Survey was in the area of mentoring. Members of the Wing want more mentoring and career development opportunities.Mentoring is quite simply a relationship in which a person with greater experience and wisdom guides another person to develop both personally and
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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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