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  • Laughlin lieutenant saves life

    It was just another trip to Wal-Mart for 2nd Lt. Joshua Nelson when he popped in to grab some fish hooks for a family trip to the lake this past Spring. Little did he know that a quick shopping trip would turn into so much more.The West Virginia Air National Guardsman was walking to the Hunting and Fishing section when he heard a woman say, "Stop,
  • Engine Overhaul

    There is a facility in Arizona where old aircraft engines typically settle into their final resting place - but one engine, under the care of West Virginia Air National Guard's 130th Airlift Wing, escaped "The Boneyard" and is moving toward continuing its service. Senior Master Sgt. Harold K. Williams, propulsion shop work leader, and Tech. Sgt.
  • Airmen participate in readiness exercise

    GULFPORT, Miss. - Airmen deploying downrange without proper training would quickly find themselves in an even tougher situation than they would already be in while in a hostile area. This is why it is important for airmen to participate in realistic training missions to help prepare for what they may encounter while deployed. Members of the West
  • 130th AW Airmen return from OEF deployment

    C-130s landing at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va. usually happen without fanfare, but on Saturday, July 13, there were tears and screams as one carrying Airmen returning from their deployment touched down to reunite them with their loved ones. The contingent of 130th Operations, Maintenance and Support personnel flew and maintained C-130
  • Bystander Intervention Training—SAPR gets a makeover

    The 130th Airlift Wing introduced the Air Force's new Bystander Intervention Training at the June unit training assembly.BIT replaces Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training that had been in place since 2004.The reason for the change? "Even though SAPR raised awareness, sexual assault in the Air Force did not decrease at the rate the Air
  • Strong Bonds: "A marriage seminar for those who hate marriage seminars"

    The 130th Airlift Wing chaplain's office held a free marriage conference, open to all unit members, Feb. 11-13, at the Appalachian Inn in Winterplace, W.Va.Strong Bonds is a chaplain-led program which assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening family ties.Chap. (Maj.) John P. McDonough, with 130th AW chaplain's office,
  • 60th Anniversary of C-47 crash that killed 21 W.Va. guardsmen memorialized

    A Douglas C-47B Skytrain carrying 21 Airmen of the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Fighter Squadron, left Godman Air Force Base, Ky., April 8, 1951, to return to Charleston, W.Va., for the funeral of a fellow unit member who died in a plane crash -- they never made it.Four minutes away from their destination at Yeager Airport, formerly
  • Air National Guard gets new travel card

    The Air National Guard, under a directivefrom the Air Force, has partnered with CitiBank to begin rolling out a newtravel card program April 1.The new card, named Citi Controlled Spend Account, differs from the previouscard, the Defense Department Government Travel Charge Card, in that it is aprepaid card instead of a traditional credit card, said
  • 130th AW members get the scoop on Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

    Members of the 130th Airlift Wing attended an informational briefing about positions with the 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, during the Jan. UTA in the dining facility.Col. John M. Ryan, Jr., commander of the 130th Operations Group, 130th AW, said, "We welcome the aeromed squadron into this wing and under my group."The 167th AES came under
  • 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