Members of the 180th ANG Fighter Wing recently participated in the "Red Flag" 05-1.2 exercise held at Nellis AFB, Nevada from October 24th through November 5th.
Today, Brig. Gen. Ronald Shoopman retired as the commander of the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Tucson ANG. The 162nd, the Air National Guard's largest unit, is now in the hands of Colonel Rick Moisio.
More than 300 members of the 183rd Fighter Wing of the Illinois Air National Guard will deploy later this month to Southwest Asia. The deployment will be the 183rd's largest since spring 2002.
Airmen from Aviano Air Base, Italy, joined forces with troops from one of NATO's newest member nations Oct. 4-7 to improve the way they rescue downed pilots. The training was part of Adriatic Rescue 04, a U.S.-Slovenian combat search-and-rescue (SAR) exercise.
Mayor Bruce Furness plans a trip to Washington this week, to try to persuade senior Defense Department officials to keep the North Dakota Air National Guard unit in his city.
Half of the U.S. Air Force's F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff Bingaman's office said last Thursday. Cannon is home to 80 F-16s, the only aircraft at the base.
Air Force officals are drafting plans to retire as many as half of the approximately 1,200 F-16s in use by the US. It's too early to speculate, but Hill AFB is virtually a parking lot of aging F-16 that would be among the first to go.
The 119th Fighter Wing/178th Fighter Squadron was awarded the 2004 General John J. Pesch Flight Safety Trophy for flying 65,171 accident-free hours on the F-16.
Seven F-16s departed from Andrews AFB yesterday enroute to Lask airbase in Poland as Trend 81-87. They are from the 182nd FS "Lonestar Gunfighters" and are taking part in a local air defense exercise called Sentry White Falcon.
Six F-16C/D jets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) left Singapore today for an exercise in France codenamed Exercise Western Arc. The bilateral exercise runs from September 20 to October 4 and will take place at Dijon Air Base in eastern France.
September 11th was a special day for members of the 122nd Fighter Wing, who returned to Fort Wayne, Indiana after being stationed in Qatar for over a month.
For the second consecutive year 31 'Tiger' Squadron was able to capture the famous "Silver Tiger Award". This time however, it was a ex-aequo with the German 321 Squadron.
Col. Robert Becklund has been named commander of the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Fighter Wing, also known as the "Happy Hooligans,"
The ANG 107th Fighter Squadron became the first Viper unit to be based in Iraq when it established its base in Kirkuk in February. It also was the first F16 unit to employ the Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System (TARS) as well as the first to employ the Litening pod.
First Lt. Wyatt Morrise, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, jumped at the chance to come here after graduating from aviator school. Although it is a one-year unaccompanied tour, almost every veteran F-16 pilot he met recommended this place as one of the best flying assignments in the Air Force.