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  • Guardian angel saves life

    Friday the 13th was indeed a fateful day for a young college student driving home after a day of soaking up the southern West Virginia sun with a friend.On the evening of Aug. 13, 2010, Tech. Sgt. Roy L. Akers, Jr., a civil engineer with the 130th Civil Engineering Squadron, 130th Airlift Wing, Charleston, W.Va., was driving home near Indian Creek
  • 130th AW members promoted to master sgt. at NCO Academy graduation

    Seven non-commissioned officers from the 130th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Charleston, West Virginia graduated from the NCO Academy, at the I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 16, 2010.Three of the technical sergeants got a surprise when they
  • 130th MXS aircraft superintendent wins national award for excellence

    An aircraft maintenance superintendent with the 130th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 130th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, Charleston, West Virginia received the Air Force Association's top award for outstanding contributions to aircraft maintenance, Sept. 13, at the AFA Annual Air and Space Conference near Washington, D.C.Chief
  • Honoring Sen. Byrd

    The 130th Airlift Wing deployed to the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, June 30 to July 2, to conduct military honors and state funeral operations in honor of Sen. Robert C. Byrd who passed away June 28.Col. Timothy L. Frye, Wing Commander of the 130th AW, said that by June 29, it became obvious the 130th AW was going to be a major player in
  • Crew chief competes on All Guard Marathon Team

    A crew chief from the 130th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ran her first race as a member of the All Guard Marathon Team, July 25, competing in the San Francisco Half-Marathon in San Francisco, California.Staff Sgt. Kristen M. Roles, 25, a native of Lester, West Virginia, qualified for a spot on the All Guard Marathon Team, May 2, at the Lincoln
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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