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Master Sgt. Carlos Recoder, who has been training Airmen since 2006, is a MTI serving on an active guard reserve tour. An AGR is a reservist in a federal military program that places reserve Airmen on active duty service. (Photo by Minnie Jones, circa 2011) Becoming an MTI: What it takes
After first transitioning from active duty to the Air Force Reserves, one former Marine turned transportation operator started to wonder if he had made a bad career move.  "[Bus driving] was boring to me," said Master Sgt. Carlos Recoder, a Reservist assigned to the 433rd Training Squadron at JBSA-Lackland. "Then I found out about this program --
0 12/09
2015
Default Air Force Logo The future of our nation is in your hands
   "Surprise, when it happens to a government, is likely to be a complicated, diffuse, bureaucratic thing. It includes neglect of responsibility, but also responsibility so poorly defined or so ambiguously delegated that action gets lost. It includes gaps in intelligence that, like a string of pearls too precious to wear, is too sensitive to give
0 12/11
2009
Senior Amn Wendy Alaniz of the 217th Training Squadron at Goodfellow AFB recounts some of the recent tragedies of the past year and the significant impact her "Wingmen" made on her life.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Mr. Lou Czarnecki)
With a little help from my friends … my wingmen
"When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world," according to Timmon in "The Lion King." Not in my Air Force.     To say I've had a difficult year would be, by a stretch of the definition, an understatement. This is my personal life, my life outside the uniform, a separate entity -- or so I thought.      I left active duty
0 11/10
2009
Tech. Sgt. Michael Meras of the 149th Civil Engineer (CEs) Squadron checks measurements on a two-by-six that will become part of a bench seat. He and others refurbished benches along a garden wall at a nursery in Yerevan, Armenia, during the first two weeks of August. Forty-five CEs and four other Air National Guardsmen from the 149th Fighter Wing, at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas deployed to Yerevan to complete an Expeditionary Medical Service facility and work on humanitarian assistance projects. (Texas Military Forces photo by Tech. Sgt. Rene Castillo) One task among many
   The task is one of many here for the 149th Civil Engineer Squadron.    Tech. Sgt. Michael Meras slides the two by six-inch boards into place, aligns a straight edge and with a pencil scores the boards where they will be cut.    "I'm mostly eye-balling it," he says, answering my unasked question.    The objective is to make new bench seats along
0 8/17
2009
Col. Daniel Balayan, commander of the Military Aviation Institute, Yerevan, Armenia, Aug. 5, 2009. (Texas Military Forces photo by Tech. Sgt. Rene Castillo) Armenian institute commander: Humanity key to relations
   (Author's note: This interview was conducted informally through an interpreter.)    Col. Daniel Balayan, commander of the Military Aviation Institute here, greeted his two public affairs visitors cordially and gestured for them to sit down at a narrow table that formed a "T" with his desk. The desk was modest, but the man who sat down behind it
0 8/17
2009
Tech. Sgt. Mark Hipp of the 149th Fighter Wing straps into the back seat of a P-51D Mustang with the help of pilot Ed Shipley. Sergeant Hipp was one of five members of the wing to receive a ride in the vintage aircraft out of San Antonio's historic Kelly Field June 6. (Texas Military Forces photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Wilson) Mustangs offer ride into past
A small group of men stood together in the morning sun near the Kelly Field runway, scanning the clear sky for two fighter aircraft. Soon they could see two P-51 Mustangs approaching the field, the distinct hum of their Merlin engines announcing their approach. Their colorful markings identified them as belonging to distinct U.S. Army Air Forces
0 6/11
2009
Default Air Force Logo Air Guardsmen train next generation of active duty pilots
Over the Arizona desert near Tucson, nine student pilots took the "final exam" for a career most people only dream about in April. They are in the final stages of training to become F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots for the Air Force.     At the end of 7.5 months of intense F-16 Basic Course Training with the Texas Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Wing
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Texas Military Forces salute NCO academy
     The Robert D. Gaylor U.S. Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy was recognized by the Texas Military Forces for its support at a recent ceremony here at the academy.     Brig. Gen. Bob Cheeseman, Texas State Guard Air Division commander, presented the Texas Meritorious Unit Award to Chief Master Sgt. Albert McGowan, academy commandant, and
0 5/16
2009
Default Air Force Logo Retiree Activities Office serves Air Force retirees and more
The small office is found in an unexpected place, in the same building as the Camp Mabry Post Exchange, at the opposite end of the mall from the entrance. It's the Air Force Retiree Activities Office (RAO), which, as the name implies, provides information and assistance to Air Force and Air Force Reserve Forces retirees. But it serves even more
0 7/17
2008
Default Air Force Logo 149th Fighter Wing nurse treats patients from ship
A family nurse practitioner and a Texas Air National Guard officer, she deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and ultimately served as an ambassador for Americans to 14 countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America. Lt. Col. Melanie Truesdell, of the 149th Medical Squadron based here, participated in a four-month humanitarian deployment with
0 4/17
2008
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