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From left Staff Sgt. Danny Stone, Nondestructive Inspections Technician with the 130th Maintenance Squadron, Yeager Airfield, Charleston, W.Va. signs out equipment before he goes out to the aircraft, as Master Sgt. Charles Watts, LCAP Inspector, 118th Airlift Wing, Nashville, Tenn. observes in the background as part of a logistics compliance inspection program. Staff Sgt. Stone will use eddy current to scan the windshield frame fasteners of a WC-130H Hercules aircraft, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eugene Crist/Released) Nondestructive testing keeps "Charlie West" flying
They have dropped bombs, supplies and paratroops. They have jammed electronic transmissions, fought fires, tracked icebergs, flown in hurricanes, carried live whales and camels, and landed on an aircraft carrier. They are constantly pushed to their limits. They are C-130H3 Hercules aircraft of the West Virginia Air National Guard in Charleston,
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A WC-130H Hercules from the 125th Fighter Wing in Jacksonville, Fla. gets a scrub down at Yeager Airport, Charleston, W.Va., Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. The crew of four airmen washed the right side of the aircraft in the morning and work on the left side after lunch. The West Virginia Air National Guard has a contract with the unit in Florida to perform maintenance on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Hinamon/Released) Hercules gets a bath for the New Year
The C-130 Hercules.Its military uses include gunship, tanker, bomber, drone mother-ship, psychological warfare, special operations, electronic intelligence, command and control, and humanitarian support to disaster areas. Occasionally it needs a bath."Every 180 days," says Tech. Sgt. Adam Mace, an Aircraft Mechanic with the 130th Maintenance
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Civilian Tom McBurney, a state employee in operations and maintenance at Yeager Airbase, Charleston, W.Va., works to remove snow, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. State employees worked extended hours to remove snow and keep 130th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard operations up and running. Snow and emergency service started December 2010 and operations and maintenance has accrued nearly 300 hours of overtime. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Hinamon/Released) No business like snow business
Clearing an airfield of snow is no easy task."We've had crew out here from 7:00 last night until 9 o'clock this morning. They're pushing snow all night long, keeping the taxi line clear to where flight operations can continue," said Dave Rectenwald, Superintendant of State Operations and Maintenance. In spite of a winter storm that blasted the
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West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III, points out the name of a fallen hero in the Vietnam War, TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2009, at a rededication ceremony for the Veterans Memorial in Charleston, W.VA. Veterans and current National Guard members from each branch of the service were in attendance for the morning ceremony. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released) West Virginia National Guard supports rededication of Veterans Memorial
Over 80 members of the West Virginia Air and Army National Guard turned out to witness the rededication of the Veterans Memorial at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Nov. 10, 2009, the day before Veterans Day.Lt. Col. David Rabel, Deputy Wing Commander of the 130th Airlift Wing, remarked, "It is a privilege and an honor to be here on this
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Senior Scout, a pallet-mounted communications and electronic intelligence system, is loaded onto a West Virginia Air National Guard C-130H3 Hercules aircraft, Aug. 17, 2009. The 130th Airlift Wing out of Charleston, W.Va. deployed to Salt Lake City, Utah for one month to participate in testing. Note the antenna arrays that were permanently attached to the paratroop door. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Debbie Turrill released) Aircrews deploy to Utah to test Senior Scout system
Aircrew members from the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston, W.Va., deployed with one aircraft to Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah from July 28 to August 24, 2009 to test Senior Scout, a containerized intelligence facility that has been compartmentalized for installation in a standard C-130E or H."Senior Scout is one big modular unit that
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Default Air Force Logo Equal Opportunity in the Air National Guard
What does the base Equal Opportunity (EO) office do? What exactly is their purpose and who are they? The base Equal Opportunity Office is staffed by Capt. Spickler, 1st Lt. Frye, 2nd Lt. Richards, and Master Sgt. Smith. Their goal is to enforce and manage the commander's commitment to an environment free from unlawful discrimination (discrimination
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Senior Airman Nathan Ansell and Master Sgt. Daryl Smith learn how to make repairs on generators, Feb. 3. Both Air National Guardsmen are assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing, Civil Engineering Squadron, and are currently being trained to join the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, which maintains Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s Camp Justice and Expeditionary Legal Complex. JTF Guantanamo conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detained enemy combatants, including those convicted by military commission and those ordered released. The JTF conducts intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination for the protection of detainees and personnel working in JTF Guantanamo facilities and in support of the Global War on Terror. JTF Guantanamo provides support to the Office of Military Commissions, to law enforcement and to war crimes investigations. The JTF conducts planning for and, on order, responds to Caribbean mass migration operations. 



474th: New Airmen to continue the mission
The Wire Volume 10, Issue 1 February 27, 2009 - New faces can be found around Camp Justice with the arrival of a new Air Force Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron. The new squadron is mostly comprised of airmen from the West Virginia Air National Guard but a few are also from the Michigan and Hawaii Air National Guard. "Our main goal is to
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Default Air Force Logo West Virginia National Guardsmen Support 2009 Gubernatorial Inauguration
Joseph Manchin III was sworn in January 19, 2009, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on the State Capital North Portico steps as West Virginia's 34th governor. Army and Air National Guardsmen gave exponential support throughout the honored celebration. The inaugural celebration started Sunday with an Ecumenical Mass at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in
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Default Air Force Logo Hot Chocolate for the Road?
Plenty of people enjoy a nice hot chocolate on a cold, snowy day, but emergency crews were going to have to make their own on Monday, February 2. Pinch Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Doug Douglas arrived on site as the scene commander after a tractor-trailer overturned sending almost 43,000 pounds of cocoa powder over Interstate 79 near Elkview.
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Default Air Force Logo Section Spotlight: Aerial Port
The 130th Airlift Wing Aerial Port Operations is a section among others in the unit that received an "Excellent" rating during the 2008 Operational Readiness Inspection. Some of the section responsibilities include passenger processing, aircraft cargo build-up, loading and unloading aircraft, parachute packing, airdrop load build-up and recovering
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