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  • 167th Communications Flight acquires new capability

    The West Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Information Operations section signed over one of its Joint Incident Site Communication Capability (JISCC) kits to the 167th Communications Flight last month.A JISCC is a rapidly deployable satellite-based communication system that provides internet, telephone and radio capabilities at sites
  • 2015 Air National Guard Civilian Firefighter of the Year

    Kirk Mongan, assistant chief of operations at the 167th Airlift Wing Fire Emergency Services in Martinsburg, W.Va., was recognized as the 2015 Air National Guard Civilian Firefighter of the Year, Dec. 2.This award is presented by the Air National Guard Fire Chiefs Association and is also known as "The Chief Master Sgt. Wayne Farrar Award." Chief
  • Airman beats cancer, completes 22nd marathon

    His cancer diagnosis came as a complete surprise. After all, he had just run his 21st marathon. Other than a recent cold he was a picture of perfect health.Senior Master Sgt. Todd Kirkwood, avionics superintendent for the 167th Airlift Wing, received the news of his diagnosis the day after Thanksgiving last year.Less than a year later, after a very
  • Capstone event underway

    The 167th Airlift Wing's Unit Effectiveness Capstone event kicked off the morning of Nov. 4 with a welcome brief for the inspectors visiting the base.A team of nearly 70 inspectors for the Air Mobility Command Inspector General are scheduled to be on base for about a week as the final part of the Wing's Unit Effectiveness Inspection.The UEI is a
  • Airmen complete tactics training

    Eight airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing recently completed a two-week course geared toward increasing war-fighting effectiveness and survivability of mobility forces.The course was split into two parts, one week at the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center located at the 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph, Mo. followed by a second week of
  • End of fiscal year means long hours for some Airmen at Wing

    For many of us September 30 simply means the month has come to an end, but for others, Sept 30 marks the end of the fiscal year and with that comes long hours of painstaking, tedious work.The 167th Airlift Wing's comptroller flight, contracting office and traffic management office bear the brunt of the fiscal year closeout.The finance office begins
  • Wing deploys first C-17 Guard aircrew

    A four-man, 167th aircrew now holds the distinction of being one of the first two Air National Guard C-17 crews to be deployed to Al Udeid Air Force Base, Qatar.The crew, which consisted of Lt Col. Jeff Musser, a 167th pilot, Capt. David Groom, a 167th pilot, Master Sgt. Joseph Windle, a 167th loadmaster, and Tech. Sgt. Ryan Finley, a 167th
  • Airmen assist with recovery after flood

    On June 23 the State of West Virginia was hit with what experts have called a once-in-a-thousand year meteorological event that dumped more than 8 inches of rain over parts of the state and resulted in record levels of flooding over a two-day period.The resulting flash floods swept through towns leading to unprecedented destruction across the state
  • Former commander leaves lasting impact at 167th Airlift Wing, National Guard

    A service to celebrate the life of Brig. Gen. (ret.) V. Wayne "Speedy" Lloyd was held at the Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town, W.Va., June 17.Lloyd was the 167th Airlift Wing commander from 1989 to 1999. He went on to serve as the West Virginia Air National Guard commander until 2004, overseeing both airlift wings in the state.Brig. Gen. Eric
  • Airman put CPR training to use after super drill

    Three Airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va. put CPR training into action at an accident on I-81, June 12.Staff Sgt. Justin Watson and Staff Sgt. Johnathen Guzik, both members of metals technology in the maintenance group at the 167th, had taken a required CPR class the day before, June 11. CPR instructors Capt. Lori Wyatt, Staff
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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: https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/48546
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: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/333712/airmans-journey-nicaragua-24th-world-scout-jamboree
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: https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/47806
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.
Have you downloaded the 167AW app yet? It's available now through the USAF Connect App. Download the USAF app, access the favorites portal and search for 167AW.
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. https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/47400
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: https://www.denimdayinfo.org/why-denim
RT @AFSpace: The Vandenberg Tracking Station is a remote station in Calif., operating w/in the Air Force Satellite Control Network. This st…
#Airmen at @CannonAFB_ rolled out a new smart toolkit to help improve productivity and overall efficiency for work… https://t.co/DFsNQqVDz8
@AFGlobalStrike We also want to give a shout out to all our missile maintenance Airmen!
As America’s top cover, ICBM operators have the Specialty Code of 13N, allowing #USAF to recognize these profession… https://t.co/G6aNX0FSLI
RT @USAFCENT: INTEROPERABILITY | A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft refuels a USAF F-22 Raptor, Nove…
DYK - Pitch Day events are continuing @AFLCMC Nov. 13-14 in Dayton, Ohio. #USAF's Life Cycle Management Center is r… https://t.co/LH5XmKuVff
You'll want to add this one to your playlist. https://t.co/aZXefMZocR
RT @HQ_AFMC: Today's the day....more than $12 million is set to be awarded at the inaugural @AFLCMCofficial Pitch Day in Dayton! Stay tune…
RT @PACAF: @109thAW Airmen prepare a #LC130 for take-off to Christchurch #NewZealand, Oct. 31. in support of the @NSF managed U.S. Antarcti…
RT @USAF_ACC: Awesome story on @usairforce Air Combat Command Captain supporting his daughter by cheering in sync with her at her football…
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RT @BullisSchool: Today in celebration of our veterans, we welcomed U.S. Air Force Col. D’Anne E. Spence and Master Navigator and Pentagon…
RT @DeptofDefense: Bringing the fight anywhere in any weather! These @usairforce special operators are in Norway, practicing with CV-22 Osp…
RT @PACAF: Working alongside our sister services, allies, and partners allows us to be ready, resilient, and postured for the future. @AusA
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Today we swore in 20 recruits @PhoenixRaceway making them part of the greatest @usairforce on the planet. What better…
RT @DeptofDefense: LIVE: 66th annual #VeteransDay observance ceremony at @ArlingtonNatl. https://t.co/kSqB8tUXNp
RT @DeptofDefense: .@AndersenAFBGuam is one of the world’s most historic Air Force bases! Where did it get its name? Click ▶️ to find out!…
Happy 244th birthday @USMC! Give us a call whenever you need some #airpower. #HappyBirthdayMarines https://t.co/P4yjU1iJLW
RT @AETCommand: #ICYMI: @81trwKeeslerAFB leadership officiated the opening of "The Lighthouse" inside the Larcher Chapel! Read more ⬇️ on t…

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