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  • 167th Airlift Wing Honors Hometown Heroes

    The 167th Airlift Wing honored more than 400 Airmen during its first-ever Hometown Heroes Salute at December's Sunday UTA.The Air National Guard's Hometown Heroes Salute is designed to honor Airmen who have served more than 30 days deployed from their home station since Sept. 11, 2001. The program also recognizes Airmen's family members,
  • Unit Holds Fourth Veterans Day 5k

    The 167th came together in a show of thanks to Veterans with a 3.1 milerun/walk Sunday of November drill.The Fourth Annual Veterans 5k Fun Run/Walk has become a November drill tradition as Unit members salute our Veterans. Maj. John Poland said the V5k is the "brainchild" of Master Sgt. Dave Stevens. It was originally intended to be a formation run
  • 167th Airlift Wing supports international readiness exercise

    The West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing played a critical role Friday afternoon in an international readiness exercise which tested the mettle of a neighboring agency tasked with search and rescue missions overseas. The Martinsburg base was chosen as a Point of Departure (POD) for Virginia Task Force 1's International Urban Search
  • Air Guard medics, firefighters hold joint training

    "No pulse! Ejected through the windshield." That was the assessment given of one crash victim to medics and firefighters when they arrived on the scene of a two-vehicle "accident" during Saturday's September drill at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg. Fortunately no one breathing was actually injured in the joint training exercise which was
  • Decorated Airman retires from 167th Airlift Wing

    Surrounded by fellow Airmen, friends and loved ones Saturday afternoon, Lt. Col. Sandra L. Duiker of the 167th Airlift Wing capped off an illustrious military career by learning that she has been put in for two of the highest awards bestowed for service to one's country and state: the Air Force Legion of Merit and the West Virginia Legion of Merit.
  • ALL GUARD Rifle Team takes top honors

    Members of the National Guard Bureau's elite marksmanship team took top honors at an annual Interservice rivalry in late July as well as the National Rifle Matches held at Camp Perry in Ohio in August. The ALL GUARD Rifle Team - comprised of Airmen and Soldiers in National Guard units from across the nation - proved their superior marksmanship
  • Airmen assist community with Day of Caring

    Call them lifesavers. That's what a group of volunteers tasked with a 2009 United Way Day of Caring project at the Berkeley County Boys & Girls Club are calling two Airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg. "They saved the day," said Vickey Wilcher, executive director for Court Appointed Special Advocates, who along with a small group of
  • 167th Airlift Wing Airman spotlighted

    A film crew from West Virginia University's Television Productions recently visited the 167th Airlift Wing and spent a few hours documenting Senior Airman Nathan Sisler at work on the flight line. Sisler, a C-5 crew chief, was interviewed for a student recruitment video for WVU. He will be among a handful of students spotlighted on the video.
  • Airmen use C-130 as training device

    While the 167th Airlift Wing is officially home to the C-5 Galaxy now, another aircraft can be found parked on the flight line too. And while the aircraft will never fly on another mission, it may just save lives. A C-130E Hercules destined for retirement to what is also known as the "bone yard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Ariz.,
  • Base Honor Guard recognized

    Members of the 167th Airlift Wing's Base Honor Guard were recognized Saturday afternoon for their efforts in support of the West Virginia Veterans Jobs Fair and Business Opportunities Summit held at the Martinsburg Veterans Administration Medical center in late June. Plaques of appreciation were presented by Cy Kammeier, commander of Chapter 646,
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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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