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167th Airlift Wing member, Master Sergeant Kelley McKinney, a TAC (Train, Advise, Counsel) leader for the West Virginia Youth Leaders Camp, instructs a camper on proper push-up technique on the first day of the camp at Camp Dawson near Kingwood, WV. Sixty-six high schoolers from West Virginia participated in the week-long camp now in its forty-third year. Youth Leaders Camp, geared toward building confidence and instilling leadership skills, challenges the campers with mentally and physically demanding activities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by MSgt Emily Beightol-Deyerle) Unique Military Camp Helps Mold Young Leaders
Rappelling off a 50-foot wooden tower, escaping enemy capture, taking aim on the rifle range, maneuvering through a challenging obstacle course and learning water survival. Just another day at this year's Youth Leaders Camp. Now in its 43rd year, the unique camp - geared toward instilling leadership in junior and senior high school students from
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Default Air Force Logo Airmen Save Abandoned Puppies from Dump
Hearing the whimpering cries of a handful of puppies just outside the blue Air Force dump truck in which he was riding Wednesday afternoon, Tech. Sgt. Kevin Day couldn't look away.The cries tugged at his heartstrings.Engineer Squadron spotted the four black and white puppies, as well as a cream-colored one, abandoned at a dump site in Gilbert. The
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2009
Default Air Force Logo WVNG Steps up to Provide Flood Relief to Southern Counties, 167th Provides Equipment, Personnel to Support the Effort
In the wake of the recent floods that washed away homes and businesses in southern West Virginia, the 167th Airlift Wing contributed equipment and personnel to the clean-up effort, held as a joint operation between the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard. According to Lt. Col. Jeff Rives, commander of the 167th Finance Section, the unit sent
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Default Air Force Logo A Smithsonian First
The Smithsonian Institute has never painted and decaled an aircraft to a specific military unit until ...On his first day as work as an operations officer at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., Barry Smith stumbled upon a find that would become a central project in his life for the next few decades. Barry had been in aviation his entire
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2009
West Virginia Adjutant General, Allen E. Tackett , right, and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III, right, applaud Senator Robert C. Byrd for his efforts to transform the 167th Airlift Wing from a C-130 unit to a C-5 unit during a ceremony on April 4, 2009,  celebrating the unit's recent designation as a fully operational C-5 unit. The 167th Airlift Wing held an Open House in conjunction with the ceremony to mark the occasion. Sen. Byrd, Gov. Manchin Visit Base to Celebrate C-5 Conversion
On a beautiful but windy day, friends, family members and citizens of the Eastern Panhandle toured the unit yesterday, taking the opportunity to see the 167th Airlift Wing up close during the unit's first open house in at least a decade. Making the day even more significant were visits by Sen. Robert C. Byrd and Governor Joe Manchin III, who were
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Base's Family Readiness Group here to help
You might think of them as the other unsung heroes. Members of the 167th Airlift Wing's Family Readiness Group are always available to answer questions, help resolve problems and assist Guardsman and their family members with issues they face. And it doesn't matter if an Airman is deployed; the organization is available to all unit members and
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2009
Default Air Force Logo 167th Airlift Wing’s Contracting
The 167th Airlift Wing's contracting office was honored late last month with a Veterans Administration Federal Achievement Award for FY07. The contracting office was lauded for exceeding the statutory requirement to award 3 percent of its contracting dollars to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses. The contracting offices with the 167th
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Base Marksmanship Team News
While we here in West Virginia were dealing with ice, snow and temperatures in the single digits, Tech. Sgt Garey Diefenderfer was opening our 2009 shooting season on a rifle range in warm and sunny Puerto Rico. He had driven down to the airport at Raleigh-Durham, N.C., to meet up with some other Air and Army Guard shooters, and from there the
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2009
167th Airlift Wing Loadmaster, MSgt Douglas Stroz, directs the loading of an Ares 1-X test crew module and launch abort system onto a C-5 aircraft at Langley Air Force Base, Va, on January 27, 2009. The crew delivered the cargo to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida the following day. The ARES 1-X test crew module and launch abort system is part of a complex flight test program which will eventually lead to the launch of the Orion spacecraft in early 2013.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by COL Roger Nye) 167th Airlift Wing Delivers Test Spacecraft for NASA Mission
The 167th Airlift Wing was enlisted recently to help in NASA's mission to return astronauts to the moon. And in turn the Martinsburg unit carved out its special niche in space history. A 15-member C-5 crew from the West Virginia Air National Guard based in Martinsburg was charged with delivering the Ares 1-X test crew module and launch abort system
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2009
Members of the West Virginia National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nulcear, and Explosive- Enhanced Response Force Package  (CERF-P) gather for a briefing at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, WV, on January 19, 2009. The guardsmen were on standby during the presidential inauguration to assist in case of emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Emily Beightol-Deyerle) West Virginia National Guard, 167th AW Played Part in Historic
It was a call they never received, but were well prepared to answer. Roughly 250 Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the West Virginia National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P) were on standby at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg to assist in case of crisis during
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