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  • 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
  • State Health Services leaders check out evacuation aircraft

    In the ongoing effort to ensure prompt and appropriate response to major emergencies, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) officials came here Feb. 7 to learn more about the C-17 aircraft and aeromedical evacuation operations. It was an interesting coming together of state civil authorities, the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and
  • Airmen receive countersniper training before deployment

    Airmen from several security forces squadrons throughout the country who are currently mobilized at Fort Bliss underwent training Thursday to learn how to mitigate sniper threats.      The training is conducted by members of the 204th Security Forces Squadron, which is based at Biggs Army Airfield, said Air Force Staff Sgt. Waldemara Suarez, a