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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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