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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 130th AW Members Return from Afghanistan

    Approximately 200 airmen from the 130th Airlift Wing returned home to Charleston, West Virginia late February following a deployment to Afghanistan. Members left home the beginning of January to support Operation Enduring Freedom as part of their Aerospace Expeditionary Force (AEF) mission. The AEF concept of continually deploying Air units on a
  • The WV National Guard Celebrates Black History Month: An Inspirational Story from One of Our Own

    February is Black History Month, a time to commemorate African-Americans who have changed the world. Lt. Col. Kenneth Hale of the 130th Airlift Wing has a story to truly inspire West Virginians. "It is indeed an honor and privilege to carry the torch of freedom. I know I stand tall because I stand on my father's shoulders and the shoulders of many
  • Protecting Our Troops: An Increase in Awareness

    An increase in suicide rates over the past four years is an indicator of the stress currently being placed on military forces. Army Times reported that in 2008, 128 soldiers committed suicide, the highest number in history. Military leaders are rightfully concerned with this increase. Sergeant Major of the Army, Kenneth Preston, spoke to the House
  • Toys of the Trade, Fire Department

    Christmas came right on time for the 130th Airlift Wing Fire Deparment this year. The department received a new P-30 Rescue Truck in December which was activated January 2009. The truck is the department's replacement for their previous 1985 model which Tech. Sgt. Olaf Funfstuck, a full-time member of the wing's fire department, said was "worn out
  • 130AW member participates in Ulchi Freedom Guardian

    CHARLESTON, WV - A member of the 130th AW deployed to Seoul, South Korea in August to participate in a large scale military exercise to determine the Republic of Korea's ability to lead a Command and Control exercise. Lt. Heather E. Ward from Public Affairs deployed as an augmentee for PACAF. The exercise ran the month of August and included
  • Youth Camps at Camp Dawson

    CHARLESTON, WV - The West Virginia National Guard hosted its annual Kids Kamp and Youth Leaders Camp at Camp Dawson June 14-20th. Several members of the 130th AW volunteered their time helping out as counselors, medics, staff and instructors. This was Kids Kamp's 18th year and Youth Leaders Camp went in to its 42nd year. . Both camps were started
  • Warming Up and Cooling Down

    CHARLESTON, WV-Members of the 130th Airlift Wing volunteered their time to help out competitors during the 2008 Special Olympics June 6th-8th at Laidley Field. The almost unbearable 90-degree weather didn't hold back our members from keeping good spirits. Unit volunteers cheered on competitors as they participated in track and field activities,
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