Firefighters from the 167th Airlift Wing extinguish an engine fire on the mobile aircraft fire simulator provided by West Virginia University State Fire Academy during annual Federal Aviation Administration Part 139 Live Fire Training at Martinsburg, W.Va., Oct. 13-14, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Sencindiver)
Tech. Sgt. Matt Laign, a water and fuels craftsman for the 167th Airlift Wing is the Airman Spotlight for 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Tractors and trailers full of emergency relief supplies set on stand-by on the transient ramp at the 167th AIrlift Wing, Sept. 13. The Federal Emergency Management Agency staged water, food, cots, blankets, tents and fuel at the wing in preparation for Hurricane Florence. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Airman 1st Class Braden Stutzman and Airman 1st Class Greg Tenney, 167th Airlift Wing Security Forces, greet a driver at a gate into the 167th Airlift Wing, Sept. 13. The tractor and trailer contained FEMA emergency relief supplies which were staged at the Martinsburg, W.Va. air base in anticipation of flooding from Hurricane Florence. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Master Sgt. Gary Fletcher, 167th Airlift Wing bioenvironmental engineering superintendent, checks a wet bulb globe thermometer outside of his office, Sep. 5, 2018, at the Martinsburg, W.Va. air base as part of the unit’s thermal injury prevention program. The thermometer reading of 92 F, warranted black flag conditions and recommendations for work to rest cycles for those working outside. The bioenvironmental engineering office monitors the temperature throughout the day when temperatures are expected to reach at least 85 degrees Fahrenheit. They announce green, yellow, red or black flag conditions through the desktop alert system. The base command post then relays flag conditions over the public address system and other work centers relay the flag conditions through their radio systems. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Staff Sgt. Seth Morris is assigned to the plans, scheduling and documentation section of the 167th Maintenance Group. He is the 167th Airlift Wing’s Airman Spotlight for September 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Staff Sgt. Cody McCarthy, 167th Airlift Wing security forces, briefs personnel from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, during an active shooter exercise at the 167th AW, Aug. 30, 2018. A lone gunman shot multiple vicitms in the base civil engineering building as part of the training scenario at the Martinsburg, W.Va. air base. Active shooter training is conducted annually at the 167th AW (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Col. David Cochran, addresses 167th Airlift Wing Airmen and their families at a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, W.Va., Sep 8, 2018. The Airmen have returned from recent overseas deployments as part of the wing’s Reserve Component Period, a specific timeframe in which the majority of a unit may be tasked to deploy. (U.S. photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Airman assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing’s comptroller flight, Staff Sgt. Valerie Riggleman, Master Sgt. Jonathan Britton, Master Sgt. Brooke Tusing, 1st Lt. Aaron Hansrote, Staff Sgt. Luis Morello and Tech. Sgt. Bryan Turner have served as paying agents on the wing’s bi-weekly flight to Niger, Africa. The wing started the routine missions in July, transporting supplies and equipment to Nigerian Air Base 101 in Niamey, Niger. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Col. David Cochran, accepts the 167th Airlift Wing guidon from West Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Brig. Gen. Paige Hunter, as he assumes command of the wing from Col. Shaun Perkowski, left, during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 5, at the Martinsburg, W.Va. air base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)
Four Airmen assigned to the 167th Security Forces Squadron prepare to enter a building in a mock village during a deployment training exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Michigan, June 10-14, 2018. Approximately 200 members of the 167th Airlift Wing participated in the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)
Maj. Randy Wright, chief of safety for the 167th Airlift Wing, discusses the objectives of the safety review day during a commanders call, June 15, 2018, at the Martinsburg, W.Va. air base.(photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Staff Sgt. Lisa Affuso, is a base services journeyman for the 167th Airlift Wing. She is the Airman Spotlight for August 2018.
Fuels specialists for the 167th Airlift Wing, Airman 1st Class Zachary Langhorne, Master Sgt. Christopher Whiteside, Staff Sgt. Phillip Wingerd and Airman 1st Class Andrew Stover display a box holding four kittens that were found in a hose reel of a fueling truck while the truck was refueling a C-17 Globemaster aircraft at the Martinsburg, W.Va. air base, June 19, 2018. The kittens eventually found homes with 167th AW Airmen.
Tech. Sgt. Alex Whalton is a client systems technician for the 167th Communications Flight and the 167th Airlift Wing's Airman Spotlight for July 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Senior Airman James Reynolds III (left), a 167th medical technician, works with Airman 1st Class Paul Sexton, a 167th aerospace propulsion mechanic, to pass out gear in a deployment mobility line at the 167th Airlift Wing, June 8, 2018. The wing plans to exercise some unused skills during a deployment exercise to Alpena, Mich.,this month. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

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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 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 Other resources are: Center for the study of traumatic stress, the VA National Center for PTSD 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">, American Psychiatric Association information on PTSD, the VA National Center for PTSD 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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