Master Sgt. Chris Taylor renders a salute after presenting a flag to London Brown, fiancee to fallen Armen and firefighter, Senior Airman Logan Young, during funeral services at Victory Church, WInchester, Va., Jan. 7, 2021. Young died while battling an off-base barn fire Dec. 27, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Lt. Col. James Freid-Studlo, 167th Operations Support Squadron commander, and Maj. Ben Mathias 167th Force Support Squadron commander, sit in the C-17 aircraft simulator at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va. Freid-Studlo and Mathias both recently underwent pilot requalification training in the simulator after serving in other positions and not flying aircraft for an extended period of time.
Tech. Sgt. Marissa Abe is a client service technician for the 167th Communications Flight and the 167th Airlift Wing Airman Spotlight for January 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Tech. Sgt. Travis Hall is a crew chief for the 167th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 167th Airlift Wing Airman Spotlight for December 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
A 167th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III performs a low altitude tactical beam arrival at the Martinsburg, W. Va. air base during a base tour for pilot candidates, Oct. 3, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Sencindiver)
167th Medical Group Airmen assist with COVID-19 nasal swab testing for the local community at the West Virginia University Student Recreation Center, Morgantown, W Va., Sept. 30, 2020. The Airmen are assigned to West Virginia National Guard’s task force medical team which has been assisting county health departments throughout the state during the pandemic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Sencindiver)
Maj. Lori Wyatt is the assistant chief nurse for the 167th Medical Group and the 167th Airlift Wing’s Airman Spotlight for October 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Staff Sgt. Ashley Peters prepares flu shots as Capt. Rachel Corsale administers a shot at the 167th Airlift Wing, Oct. 3, 2020. The 167th Medical Group offered flu shots in the base auditorium on Saturday of the October unit training assembly and on Sunday they offered flu shots in the maintenance complex. The CDC says getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
A local COVID-19 case investigation team stands outside of their work station at the Berkeley County Health Department, Martinsburg, W. Va., July 22, 2020. From left to right, front row, Tech. Sgt. Travis Sites, Elizabeth Aleong, Dr. Charles Devine, back row from left to right, 1st Lt. Jaymie Brooks Dumproff, SSgt Richard Calo, Airman 1st Class Andrew Shilling, and 2nd Lt. Ben Smith. Airmen and civilian volunteers have teamed up to administer contact tracing for the local community. Data gathered from positive and negative tests, phone calls and text messaging are entered into a database where COVID-19 patients and their contacts are tracked.
Tech. Sgt. Luis Morello is the quality assurance manager for the 167th Comptroller Flight and the 167th Airlift Wing Airman Spotlight for September 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Col. Bill Annie relinquishes command of the 167th Force Support Squadron to Maj. Ben Mathias during a change of command ceremony at the 167th Airlift Wing, Sept. 12, 2020. Annie is now the 167th Mission Support Group commander. Mathias is a pilot for the 167th Airlift Wing, and previously served in the Inspector General's office. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by SSgt Mallory Coleman)
Staff Sgt. Kayla Hoffmaster, 167th Airlift Wing honor guard member, presents an American flag to Mrs. Donna Nasser during the memorial service for Lt. Col. Chris Nasser held at the 167th Airlift Wing, Aug. 2. Nasser wife Donna, and son Colin, were presented with Lt. Col. Nasser’s Meritorious Service Medal, West Virginia Legion of Merit and a shadowbox representing his 30 year military career. (U.S> Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Senior Master Sgt. James DeCicco was recently awarded the General Lew Allen, Jr. Trophy for the logistics readiness enlisted category which recognizes base-level senior non-commissioned officers directly involved in mission execution. DeCicco is one of four recipients Air Force-wide to receive the award which is presented to an officer and senior enlisted Airmen in maintenance and logistics each year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
Master Sgt. Jennifer Cooper, NCOIC Public Health, 167th Medical Group, searches for a file in her office, at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W. Va., June 11, 2020. Disease prevention is the core function of her office. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Sencindiver)
Staff Sgt. Doug Miller, an aircraft maintainer for the 167th Maintenance Group, clears corroded drainage channels inside a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft's cargo ramp canted bulkhead which had corroded over time due to sealed drainage holes, May27, 2020,at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
West Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to Task Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise (CRE) East, sanitize the Children’s Home Society in Romney, Va., May 1, 2020. Task Force CRE has conducted sanitization and decontamination, COVID-19 swabbing, and personal protective equipment training across the state as part of the COVID-19 response efforts.(U.S. Air National Guard photos by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
A C-17 Globemaster III aircraft launches from Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, W.Va., March 24, 2020, the first of two aircraft launched that day to Puerto Rico to load two Disaster Relief Bed-Down Sets. The DRBS’s were transported to Mansfield, Ohio the same day. The DRBS’s were deployed to Puerto Rico after an earthquake there in January. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

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UPDATE: The ordnance was determined to be an old training round. It is inert and poses no threat, therefore Rt. 11 has been reopened. The 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg currently has their main gate and portions of Route 11 closed near the entrance to the installation. This is out of an abundance of caution for an outdated, unexploded military ordnance that was brought to the installation. A local resident found the unexploded ordnance while cleaning a basement. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, is en route to respond and clear the area. The road and gate closure could last for numerous hours as crews work to clear the area. A voluntary evacuation is in effect for residents living in the vicinity of the base's main gate. The 167th Security Forces Squadron is coordinating with various local authorities on the response. For questions or concerns, please call the Public Affairs Office at 304-616-5251.
We were honored to have nearly 50 local employers here at our wing yesterday for the West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) military “Bosslift” event. The participants spent the day learning about the West Virginia Air National Guard and 167th Airlift Wing missions. They toured our base facilities and took part in a local training flight on board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The ESGR, created in 1972, works to promote cooperation between Guardsmen and Reservists and their civilian employers. The ESGR offers ombudsmen services and educates service members and employers on USERRA, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which establishes rights and responsibilities for service members and their civilian employers.
The August 2019 issue of Plane Talk with the latest news from the 167th Airlift Wing is at this link:
Several 167th Airlift Wing Airmen have been supporting the World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, W.Va. this month. For Master Sgt. Alan Romero, the opportunity to support the event is life coming full circle. Read his amazing story here:
An information session on the PFAS exposure assessment will be held tomorrow evening at the Comfort Inn, Martinsburg. Meet and greet starts at 5:30p.m. and the presentation will begin at 6:00p.m.
Yesterday we hosted eighty-eight JROTC cadets from Berkeley County, W.Va., and the Northern Virginia area. The cadets, who were participating in the week-long Shenandoah Valley Cadet Officer Leadership School at Shepherd University, toured our air control tower, flight simulator, fire department and a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Even with temperatures in the nineties and high humidity, the cadets marched to each location, calling jodies as they went.
Harry S. Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders but all leaders are readers.” The leader of the West Virginia Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. Christopher Walker, shares his recommended reading list here.
Catch up on the latest news from the 167th Airlift Wing with the June issue of Plane Talk here:
Memorial Day is the one day each year set aside to remember those who Abraham Lincoln observed gave “the last, full measure of devotion.” We’re here today because of them. This Memorial Day, as we spend time with family and friends, please reflect upon the legacy left to us by all the brave men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces. By honoring our fallen warriors – we honor their legacy of ensuring democracy, freedom, equality, and lasting peace prevails.
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Congratulations to all of our Community College of the Air Force associate degree recipients! TSgt Wyatt Balwin TSgt Levi Cameron TSgt Joseph Charette SSgt Jessica Dube SrA Erin Engle SSgt Mitchell Gaylor TSgt Samantha Kesecker SSgt Jeffrey Langerhans SSgt James Loy TSgt Glenn Macher TSgt Kevin Myers SSgt David Smith MSgt Nathaniel Smith TSgt Caleb Twigg SSgt Trevor Whittington SSgt Jordan Willis
Join us in congratulating our recently promoted Airmen: To Airman Danielle Burdette Carissa Hensley To Senior Airman Reilley Moore Hailee Holloway Andrew Stover Brandon Grafton Trey Stamey Mark DeHaven George Delinski To Staff Sergeant Tiffani Anders Rachel Spates Chad Remley To Technical Sergeant Victoria Shrieves Michael Whittington To Master Sergeant Shaun Leatherman Shad Jenkins To Lieutenant Colonel Emily Nelson
Our newest members are: AB Niko Leonard AB Tyler Desrochers AB Tyler Shewbridge A1C Justin Ashby A1C Devon Berry A1C Benjamin Weller SSgt Travus Heck Welcome to the 167th Airlift Wing!
Nearly 300 167th AW Airmen spent last week in Alpena, Mich., for a readiness exercise. Here are a few photos from the training event.
It's been a busy month here at the 167th Airlift Wing. Take a look at Plane Talk and see what we've been doing.
Today we left our uniforms on the hangers and wore our jeans instead, here at the 167th Airlift Wing. Honoring Denim Day and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we stand in support of sexual assault survivors. Our force support squadron took it one step further, wearing superhero shirts, to show their fight against sexual violence. Denim Day began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in which a rape conviction was overturned because the justices blamed the victim for wearing tight jeans. Learn more here:
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