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  • FEMA uses 167th Airlift Wing as staging area for storm relief

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is using the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing base in Martinsburg as a staging area to push out much needed storm relief supplies to Mountain State residents hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy.Airmen and Soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard are working in tandem to ensure the
  • C-5 conversion process draws to close with completion of taxiway extension

    Blame Mother Nature. If it hadn't been for her, the final phase of the 167th Airlift Wing's C-5 conversion process would have been completed by now. Instead the steady rains which saturated Martinsburg in April and May of last year delayed completion of the C-5 taxiway extension. Completion of the final phase of the base's conversion process is
  • McKinney serves as trainer, advisor, couselor

    The camper stands at attention. He knows the TAC is directly behind him. He knows he did not follow the direction he was given. He closes his eyes and holds his breath anticipating the verbal lashing he's about to receive."Let it sink in camper, let-it-sink-in" Master Sgt. Kelley McKinney said.And she walks away. The camper opens his eyes, exhales
  • Wing member releases new book

    Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Young, a flight engineer assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing, recently released his new novel "The Renegades." The book, which was released in early July, is the third in a series of novels written by Young. "It is the third in my series of military thrillers," Young said. "All three of the books feature the same main
  • Vice commander retires after 33 years of service

    The 167th Airlift Wing's vice commander is retiring after 33 years of military service. Col. Brian Truman has served as vice commander since October 2007. Truman, a native of Berkeley County, W.Va., began his military career as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy in 1979."I was going to West Virginia University," he said. "It was the
  • To the stars

    The chatter on the bus grows louder as it is cleared through the base's main gate and heads toward its destination. Children press their eager faces against the glass, staring in amazement at the hangars that hide the huge planes. This is the week that these local fifth-graders have been waiting for all year. The week they get to visit the
  • Munnis makes All Guard marathon team

    The air was cool and filled with a steady rain as the man came around the turn. He had reached the halfway point in the race and was feeling pretty good. As he ran, he passed other runners going in the opposite direction. They had already reached the turnaround point and were on their way back to the finish line. Seeing their excited faces and
  • Airmen raise money for camp scholarships

    Last month, members of the 167th Airlift Wing raised money for scholarships to send children to the West Virginia National Guard Kids Kamp and Youth Leaders Camp. Base wide, members raised enough money to fund 38 scholarships for children of Wing members, said Sherry Lewis, manager of the unit's Airman and Family Readiness Program."It costs $85 for
  • 167th Airmen answer questions from fifth-graders

    It was a challenge readily embraced by a group of enthusiastic fifth-graders in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.Their mission? Correspond with troops deployed overseas.Speaking at a Veterans Day event last November at the American Legion in Berkeley Springs, Capt. Carmela Emerson posed the challenge to those attending the annual event. "I challenged the
  • Responding to State Active Duty is Part of the Mission

    Severe storms pounded southern West Virginia on Thursday, March 16 providing Airmen the opportunity to lend a hand. Several inches of rain fell in a short time. Rivers and creeks spilled over their banks, rolling through the hollows of Lincoln and Logan counties. An estimated 150 to 200 homes and businesses were damaged by the flooding.Within hours
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Check out what our fellow 167th Airman are doing during their mission in East Central Georgia. Over two dozen 167th Medical Group members are providing dental, eye, and medical treatments at five separate locations. @Innovative Readiness Training #AugustaCare18 @National Guard
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/283203/167aw-airman-spotlight-july-2018 Meet Tech. Sgt. Alex Whalton, the 167th Airlift Wing's Airman Spotlight for July 2018.
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Congratulations on your retirement and THANK YOU for your service. TSgt Michael Baker, AS Lt. Col. Peter Gross, OSS MSgt Aaron Harding, MXS MSgt Christopher Harding, MXG MSgt Keith Knotts, LRS SSgt Gary Mellott, MXS MSgt Richard Sleichter, SFS MSgt Robert Webb, MOF Lt. Col. Lisa Windle, AS
Spiritual Resiliency and Volunteering by Chaplain (2nd Lt.) Clinton Dunham The Air Force has four pillars of Physical, Mental, Spiritual, and Social. The Chaplain Corp is responsible for leading the spiritual pillar. Spiritual resiliency is part of this process. Spiritual resilience is defned as the ability to sustain an individual's sense of self and purpose through a set of beliefs, principles or values.A helpful way to exercise spiritual resilience is by cultivating gratitude and counting your blessings. Be thankful for what you do have rather than focusing on what you're missing.Build optimism and be positive. Accept the past and focus on the future. It may be challenging and overwhelming now but how will it improve your future, consider it as a stepping stone to fulfll your lifelong dream. There is something transformative that happens deep in our soul when we give to others freely and generously. Volunteering can be done anytime or any-where to help someone who is hurting or struggling to make ends meet. Not only do you fll an immediate need, you also build spiritual resiliency and strength in your own life.We live in a culture driven by achieve-ments and accomplishments. We are pro-gramed to work hard and get promoted as part of the American dream. Having recently spent some time volunteering at a hospital. I was over-whelmed with a feeling of spiritual fulfillment. Whether it was praying with a family after their loved one passed or mentoring a staf member struggling with a difcult case, the feeling of knowing you helped someone is invaluable. Whatever your talent or skill when you give of yourself freely, not expect-ing anything in return, it leaves you with a great feeling. There is no doubt there will be a sacrifce involved but it is will be worth the cost.
What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and What Can I do about it? by Cristina Firescue-Williams, LCSW-C, Director of Psychological Health, 167th Airlift Wing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of those things that most don’t want to discuss. Throughout the years it has been a topic that was often swept under the rug until its efects became too great to ignore. According to the National Center for PTSD about “60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one traumatic event. Of those who do, about 8% of men and 20% of women will develop PTSD.” Those statistics increase for those that have experienced combat and/or sexual assault. Unfortunately, although these numbers are signifcant, many that experience trauma do not reach out for help even though earlier intervention and assistance can be much more successful in treatment. So how does PTSD happen and what can you do about it? First, one has to experience a traumatic event. Examples of traumatic events are: combat exposure, terrorist attacks, physical and/or sexual abuse (whether as a child or adult), natural disaster, serious accident… These are by no means all-encompassing and many more events can be traumatic to varying degrees to diferent people. Second, after the trauma has happened, the person will experience some form of stress reaction. Although the reactions may be unsettling and unpleasant, they are a normal part of the process. The reactions one may experience are:- Fear or anxiety- Sadness or depression- Guilt and shame- Anger and irritability- Other behavior changes: behaving in unhealthy ways that is not characteristic of one’s normal behaviorThe hope is that these symptoms/reac-tions will eventually dissipate and the person will be able to process through the trauma and get back to their normal level of functioning. But, if the symptoms continue to disrupt daily life after a three month period, one should seek help. Third, there are four types of symp-toms when experiencing PTSD:- Reliving the event (memories of the event come back suddenly, experiencing nightmares/fashbacks)- Avoiding situations that remind you of the event- Feeling numb (unable to express your feelings, staying away from relation-ships, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed)- Feeling keyed up/hyperarousal (easily startled, sudden irritability, being overly alert and on the lookout for danger)If you experience any of these four symptoms, it is recommended that you seek help. There are many resources for one to utilize as self-help tools when dealing with trauma, but it is best to seek professional help if the symptoms indicate PTSD. The information gathered in this article comes from the National Center for PTSD www.ptsd.va.gov. Other resources are: Center for the study of traumatic stress http://healthyminds.org/multimedia/ptsd.pdf, the VA National Center for PTSD http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/ncdocs/manuals/Guide-forMilitary.pdf as well as some apps that can be downloaded on your phone. Two apps that can be benefcial are PTSD Coach and T2MoodTracker. As the Director of Psychological Help" target="_blank">http://www.centerforthestudyoftramaticstress.org, American Psychiatric Association information on PTSD http://healthyminds.org/multimedia/ptsd.pdf, the VA National Center for PTSD http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/ncdocs/manuals/Guide-forMilitary.pdf as well as some apps that can be downloaded on your phone. Two apps that can be benefcial are PTSD Coach and T2MoodTracker. As the Director of Psychological Help
Congratulations on your promotions, Airmen. To Airman Alisia Turner, MDG Justin Butcher, LRSJ ohn-Mark Michael, LRS To Senior Airman William Wagstaf, OSS Seth Vanorsdale, SFS Destinee Moore, FSS To Staff Sergeant Raymond Nouhra, SFS To Technical Sergeant Jodie Witmer, AW Myrissa Everhart, MXG To Chief Master Sergeant Mark Abe, LRS To First Lieutenent Rachel Corsale, MDG To Captain Rodney Brown, AW Ryan Day, AS
Welcome Back from Technical Training AB Michael McLaughlin, LRS A1C Braden Stutzman, SFS A1C Christopher Williams, SFS A1C Julia Williams, MDG A1C Benjamin Taylor, FSS
U.S. Air Force General Carlton Everhart, Commander of the Air Mobility Command, recently traveled aboard one of the 167th Airlift Wing’s C-17 Globemasters. Here’s a photo of him and our crew, from left to right: Tech. Sgt. Chad Witmer, Maj. Trey Zinsser, Maj. Jared Shank, Gen. Everhart, Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams, Capt. Jack Mesner, Senior Airman Kyle Leuschen, Senior Master Sgt. Mark Snyder, Tech. Sgt. Joe Kidwell.
Welcome to the 167th Airlift Wing AB Cody Kennedy, AS AB Liam Mahoney, CF AB Calista Plante, SFS AB Alexis Unger, LRS AB Collin Webster, LRS AMN Trevor Campbell, AS A1C Gabriel Hall, AS A1C Stephen Minter, MXS SSgt Jason Pagan, CES MAJ Christopher Kerker, AS
German airmen express appreciation for Wing's support Col. David Cochran, 167th Airlift Wing vice commander, accepts a plaque for the 167th AW from Maj. Peter Lukazcyk, 62nd Air Transport Wing fight planning ofcer, at the Martinsburg, W.Va. air base, May 9, 2018. The plaque was given in appreciation for the support provided by the 167th AW to the 62nd Air Transport Wing. An Airbus A400M, assigned to the 62nd Air Transport Wing of the German Air Force, was awaiting the use of an aircraft hangar to perform a maintenance requirement at Dulles International Airport but was able to fy into the Martinsburg air base, a short fight from Dulles, to expedite the repair. Tech. Sgt. Heather Nattkemper, a maintenance logistical manager for the 167th Maintenance Operations Flight accepts a photograph from Lukazcyk for the support she provided to the 62nd Air Transport Wing. Nattkemper, and her husband, Master Sgt. Maik Nattkemper who works fight operations for a detachment of the German Armed Forces Command based at the Dulles airport, were instrumental in getting the German Airbus to the 167th AW for maintenance.
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