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  • Charlie West Spotlight - December

    The December Charlie West Spotlight is Master Sgt. Jessica Anderson. Anderson is a Unit Training Manager (UTM) at the 130th Civil Engineering Squadron, and has been with the unit for just over a year. She is responsible for providing leadership and mentorship to squadron personnel while managing unit training programs during peacetime, wartime, and contingency operations in addition to being an advisor to the 130th CE Commander.
  • Chief's Corner December - Are You Ready?

    Unless you have been living under a rock you have probably heard countless times that “personnel readiness” is of utmost importance, and as such it is at the top of a list of priorities set forth by Wing leadership. For most Airmen in the wing, I’m sure readiness seems pretty simple; turn in a completed dental form once a year, attend all medical appointments, get a flu shot, ensure all ancillary training is completed on time, complete required upgrade training, etc.
  • Three generations: a commitment to service

    When people speak of the 130th Airlift Wing, a small Air National Guard unit in Charleston, W.Va., one common theme comes up. Family. Now, it usually isn’t literal, it is representative of the close-knit community and camaraderie which ties the Airmen of the unit together. In this case we are talking about one particular family who are spread across different squadrons within the Wing.
  • Charlie West Spotlight - November

    The November Charlie West Spotlight is Staff Sgt. Neil Lindsay, a Crew Chief for the 130th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
  • Charlie West Spotlight - October

    October’s Charlie West Spotlight is Senior Airman Zachary Cook, a Services Journeyman with the 130th Force Support Squadron.
  • Chief's Corner - October

    October, that dark and haunting time of year when we observe Halloween, with all of the ghostly, terrifying fun that it brings. Children and adults alike will be telling tales of specters, decorating their homes with ghostly images, and wearing costumes straight out of a nightmare. Ever since I was a child I’ve always enjoyed this time of year; the trick-or-treating, costumes, scary movies, and haunted houses that make the blood run cold and shivers cross your spine.
  • Return with honor

    Survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) Instructor training is one of the most difficult and extensive training programs in the United States Air Force. It’s designed to do one thing – save lives in the midst of a worst case scenario – and is exactly the reason Master Sgt. Bob Miner took on the challenge of earning the title, which he now uses to train West Virginia Air National Guard members as the only SERE specialist in the state.
  • Packed with Pride

    Pride. Definition: Deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from the achievements of those with whom one is associated. Pride is what fuels the 130 th Airlift Wing and more specifically the men and women of the 130th Aerial Port Squadron, now Small Air Terminal.
  • Citizen-Airman uses platform to raise awareness for suicide prevention

    After a Facebook post of an unknown Charleston City policeman sitting with a suicidal man on a sidewalk went viral across social media, the unknown officer felt the need to come forward and speak out about suicide awareness. That policeman is Zach Cyrus, who also happens to be a staff sergeant with the 130th Maintenance Group.
  • Charlie West Spotlight: August

    This month’s Charlie West Spotlight is Senior Airman Brittni Jones, an Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman for the 130th Medical Group.