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  • Gunfighter Earns Air National Guard Recognition

          Airman First Class Kristopher Barrientes, 149th Fighter Wing, has been named ANG Financial Management Airman of the Quarter. Colonel James Sissons, Air National Guard comptroller, made the announcement to all ANG units on 2 September.      Airman Barrientes earned the honors by exhibiting qualities, far exceeding unit and ANG standards, in
  • 273rd IOS holds third annual Family Day

           Finding fun for the entire family wasn't hard for 273rd Information Operations Squadron (IOS) members during the May 2009 Unit Training Assembly (UTA). Members and their families enjoyed the unit's third annual Family Day at the Randolph Air Force Base Canyon Lake Recreation Park.        Along with fun, squadron members and their families
  • 149th Civil Engineers tackle projects in Armenia

     The 149th Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron can now add Armenia to the list of countries around the world where it has deployed.   At the beginning of August, 45 of the 149th civil engineers (CEs) - plus two medical and two public affairs personnel from the wing - flew here from San Antonio, Texas, with some basic tools and supplies to tackle a
  • A humble but effective NCO becomes a Chief

    In a ceremony steeped in military tradition, a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force and Texas Air National Guard was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant. The 149th Fighter Wing commander, Col. Kenneth Nereson, and other officers and enlisted members of the unit looked on as SMSgt John D. Mead was presented with a coin and service dress coat
  • Gunfighters first to drop laser guided bombs at Yankee

    Air National Guard F-16s assigned to the 182nd Fighter Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, became the first to deploy the GBU-12 and GBU-38 guided bombs on the Yankee Range, located within the McMullen Target Complex in South Texas.McMullen is owned by the U.S. Navy, but the Yankee Range is operated by Texas Air National Guard personnel.
  • Operation Lone Star

         Operation Lone Star, which provided health care to more than 11,000 South Texas residents in just two weeks last year, is expanding this summer to provide free health clinics in even more locations.      Military personnel, state and county officials and hundreds of volunteers will provide free health services at locations in Brownsville,
  • Air Guard flight crews undergo water survival training

         Thirty-five F-16 pilots and flight surgeons assigned to the 182nd Fighter Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base underwent required water survival and rescue training at Canyon Lake.      Members were briefed on the availability and use of tools contained in their survival gear. The water instruction culminated with an aerial extraction by a
  • Texas Airmen Leadership Course Graduates Future Leaders

    Students of Texas Airman Leadership School Class (ALS) 09-1 are just a few hours from graduation. The mission of this course is to prepare senior airmen for supervisory duties and foster a commitment to the profession of arms. These students have completed the course work and all of their testing and are anxiously awaiting the results. Would this
  • 149th Fighter Wing command changes

         Col. Kenneth Nereson assumed command of the 149th Fighter Wing April 17 in a ceremony at the Texas Air National Guard (ANG) area here.     During the ceremony Colonel Nereson received the wing's guidon, symbolizing his acceptance of leadership of the 800-member ANG unit. In his remarks, he touched upon his vision for the wing, which provides
  • Texas Airmen provide show of force

    The use of show of force is intended to warn or intimidate an opponent and to demonstrate capability or will to act if provoked. For two female Airmen here the showing of force is more than just a term, it's a way of life.      For Senior Airman Elizabeth Gonzalez and Staff Sgt. Vida Reveles, 447th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron heavy