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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron receive map and compass training from tactical air control party specialists at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer, a joint training mission.  (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released) NJ Air National Guardsmen train at Operation Kriegshammer
In the hills of the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany, Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) received training on emergency close air support (ECAS) on July 16, 2014. The ECAS scenarios were developed by the tactical air control party (TACP) Airmen from the 227th Air Support Operations
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Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, left, the adjutant general of New Jersey, presents Master Sgt. Michael F. Sears, 177th Fighter Wing, the Silver Star, the third highest military award, June 28, 2014, during a ceremony at the 177th at Egg Harbor Township, N.J., for actions while deployed to Afghanistan on Sept. 29, 2012. On that day, a three-man Air Force explosive ordnance disposal team led by Sears found itself in the middle of a complex ambush in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. During the course of a two-hour firefight, Sears provided life-saving aid to a fallen coalition soldier from Poland, ran five times through a 150-yard open area riddled with enemy machine gun fire to direct his team in returning fire, and continued on with the fight after being knocked temporarily unconscious by a rocket-propelled grenade blast. Sears joins a group of 58 Airmen who have been awarded the Silver Star since the Global War on Terrorism began. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released) 177th FW EOD Tech Awarded Silver Star
Master Sgt. Michael F. Sears was awarded the Silver Star here on June 28, 2014 for valor in combat while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.Sears, the leader of a small team of explosive ordnance disposal airmen, is credited with saving the life of a fellow International Security Assistance Force soldier in the midst of an ambush by enemy forces on
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Lt. Col. Jesse Arnstein, right, and Tech. Sgt. Chris Donohue at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Both Airmen are deployed from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing.  (Courtesy photo) Jersey Strong
7,000 miles from New Jersey, two 177th Fighter Wing Airmen unexpectedly became neighbors at a forward operating base (FOB) on the outskirts of Kabul while serving on separate missions.   Lt. Col. Jesse Arnstein, assigned to the 177th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is deployed as the Public Affairs Director for the task force that oversees U.S.
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U.S. Air Force tactical air control party airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 227th Air Support Operations Squadron stand by for transportation as a command a control UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the New Jersey Army National Guard's 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion stands by on April 10, 2014 at Warren Grove Gunnery Range, N.J. The New Jersey Army and Air National Guardsmen took part in a joint training exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released) Operation Hammer North
The sun was low over the pine trees when the team of battlefield Airmen emerged from the wood line and met up with us, each one armored in combat gear, carrying weapons and lugging 100 pound ruck sacks.  Having already been in the field for more than 24 hours in freezing temperatures, dodging enemy patrols and scouting terrain, these Airmen were
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Foster from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing paints a barrier in support of Breaking Through The Barriers: Commit to End Sexual Assault on April 3, 2014 at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. The barriers were painted with messages encouraging others to take the right steps to end sexual assault. Foster is from the 177th Civil Engineering Squadron.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Amber Powell/Released)
Breaking Through Barriers
Airmen with the 177th Fighter Wing here participated in a barrier painting event on base Thursday to promote putting an end to sexual assault in the military.Breaking Through the Barriers: Commit to End Sexual Assault, was sponsored by the 177th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team in recognition of April being National Sexual
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alison Jones (left) and Tech. Sgt. Joseph Iovanisci (right) participate in the Third Annual 24 Hour Run Challenge to honor and remember fallen Tactical Air Control Party airmen at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J., March 27, 2014. Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing, as well as civilians from the Federal Aviation Administration participated in the event. The 24 Hour Run Challenge is held at military bases all over the world.  Jones and Iovanisci are both assigned to the 227th Air Support Operations Squadron. Jones logged 30 miles during the challenge. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released) Running for a Cause
Airmen from 227th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) organized and participated in the third annual 24 Hour Run Challenge here at the 177th Fighter Wing track March 27-28.The challenge is a worldwide tactical air control party (TACP) event that honors fallen members of the career field, and raises money for aid to TACP members and their
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot's helmet with the Helmet Mounted Integrated Targeting (HMIT) system installed sits ready before a flight in the aircrew flight equipment shop of the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing on March 25, 2014. The HMIT is a force multiplier, with a cueing system that allows rapid target acquisition, giving aircrew the ability to acquire targets by looking at them. HMIT is also compatible with existing night vision devices, and supports night operations while retaining full color displays via a high resolution device in front of the pilot's eye. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released) 177th Fighter Wing receives force multiplier technology
Pilots from the 177th Fighter Wing here received a new tool for their arsenal.The Airmen will begin using the Helmet Mounted Integrated Targeting (HMIT) system, a modular add-on for the existing Gentex HGU-55/P Light Weight Helmet.The HMIT is a high resolution glass eyepiece that is mounted onto the front of the helmet, and displays information and
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A U.S. Air Force F-16D Fighting Falcon from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing is refueled by Tech. Sgt. Santiago Avila, boom operator on a KC-135 Stratotanker from the Utah Air National Guard, en route to Operation Snowbird (OSB) training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., on Feb. 19, 2014. Southern Arizona provides optimal weather conditions and ample ranges that mirror the environment found downrange, and OSB hosts an average of 10-12 units per year with two to 12 aircraft per visit for an average of two weeks. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Moseley/Released) Jersey Devils train at Operation Snowbird
More than 200 members with the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard arrived at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Feb. 18 to take part in training at Operation Snowbird.Unit members are training here in a variety of areas such as base and flight line operations, weapons assembly and loading, maintenance, life support and avionics.Operation
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wayne White, a tactical air control party airman from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing, uses a laser marker to coordinate an air strike Feb. 25 at the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range, Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field, Ariz. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Shane Karp/Released) Snowbird Range Ops
Using an array of technological equipment that most only experience in video games, a tactical air control party (TACP) airman calculates grid coordinates for a circling fighter aircraft. Only seconds later, a 500-pound bomb hits a target from miles away with the accuracy and precision that rivals even the best surgeons. Members from the New Jersey
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New Jersey Air National Guardsman Maj. Jason Winterbottom examines a child's eyes during a Cajun Care 2014 community outreach effort at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Abbeville, La., Feb. 28. Winterbottom is participating in Cajun Care 2014, one of the Department of Defense's largest community outreach efforts in the Delta Region, is an Innovative Readiness Training mission designed to provide U.S. military medical professionals invaluable training as well as provide health care options to a medically underserved community.  (U.S. Navy photo by Pett Officer 1st Class Bruce Cummins) 177th Airmen take part in Cajun Care 2014
14 airmen from the 177th Medical Group are taking part in one of the largest Department of Defense community outreach efforts in the south, Cajun Care 2014. U.S. Navy and U.S. Air National Guard medical personnel will be providing free medical, dental, optometric, and pharmaceutical services to Abbeville, La. and its surrounding communities from
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