130th Airlift Wing showcases mission to ANG Director, Command Chief


The ANG leadership team were visiting West Virginia to see the WVANG and Army National Guard’s participation in support of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia.

Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer, the Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, Brig. Gen. Paige Hunter, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, alongside both Army and Air National Guard state senior leadership and 130th AW leadership, showcased the unique capabilities of the WVANG mission here to Rice and Anderson.

Airmen from the 130th Airlift Wing briefed the general and command chief on important aspects of our mission that support the state of West Virginia as well as the local communities. Discussions included the capabilities of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Enhanced Response Force – Package or CERF-P Detachment 1, special operations missions and training provided here, aeromedical evacuation missions, as well as the special work of the fatality search and rescue team (FSTR) including their response during the historic flood of 2016. Additional components highlighted were the 130th Maintenance Group’s aircraft maintenance experience and the unique engine regional repair center which assists the entire ANG in C-130H propulsion repair and overhaul capability.

Upon completion of the base tour, Rice and Anderson met with five outstanding Airmen who have distinguished themselves in their duties, both on and off the job, and presented them with challenge coins. Tech. Sgt. Anthony Sherrod, Staff Sgt. Randy Downs, Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Jackson, Senior Airman Mallory Ranker, and Airman 1st Class Autumn Davis were recognized for their contributions to the mission and heroism outside the ANG.

“This is just a small token of what represents something the Chief and I can do for you to publically recognize you, give you a coin, and just say ‘thanks,’” said Rice while addressing the outstanding Airmen. “Thanks for just being you and doing what you like, which is what we like, and which is what our country needs.

Sherrod, a production recruiter with the 130th AW, was lauded by the DANG for his recruiting statistics that have catapulted him as one of the top recruiters in the state and his work has helped to maintain 109 percent manning at the installation. Rice emphasized the need for more Airmen in the ANG through recruitment efforts to help build the force and was appreciative of Sherrod’s work.

“This [unit] is one that I showcase across the country saying, ‘if you want to know how to do it, go to West Virginia and talk to them about how it’s done,’” Rice said.

Rice also applauded the heroism of Downs, who provided life-saving CPR to a civilian thanks to his training from the ANG, saying “you are a true hero and an inspiration to me personally.” He continued by adding, “we never know when our moment will come when we’re asked to do something extraordinary, just as a normal, ordinary person, and you definitely represent that.”

Anderson offered words of advice to the newly coined Airmen and conveyed his message to the rest of the 130th AW members saying, “My number one priority that I talk to Airmen about is that my job is to make sure that any Airman, – I don’t care what you look like, where you come from, I don’t care about any of that - if you’ve stepped up to serve in our Air National Guard, my job is to make sure there’s a path to success for you.”

He continued, “Your path to success may be that you want to be a technical sergeant on the flightline as a drill status guardsman for 30 years, that’s okay and that’s a great career. If you want to be the wing commander or the TAG, my job is to make sure that every opportunity is there for you. You have to take advantage of it, I’m not going to do it for you, but the path has to be there.”

He underscored that the ANG has to provide avenues for Airmen to be successful and stated that he thinks there are some great policies in the works and he is planning on implementing them soon.

Both Rice and Anderson departed the 130th AW to pay visit to the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, gaining a deeper understanding of the entire mission set for the WVANG.

USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.