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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Greg Mascaro from the New Jersey Air National 
Guard's 177th Fighter Wing poses for a photo at the South Pole, Antarctica, on 
Jan. 6, 2013.  Mascaro is deployed as a Safety Manager with the 109th Air 
Wing, New York Air National Guard, as part of Operation Deep Freeze, a joint 
operation between the military and the National Science Foundation.  LC-130's 
from the 109th are specially modified with skis and rocket assisted takeoff, 
and transport supplies to remote science outposts.  (Courtesy photo)
Deep Freeze
While we dealt with inches of snow here in New Jersey courtesy of winter storm Hercules, the 177th Fighter Wing's own Tech. Sgt. Greg Mascaro has been measuring snow in feet at the bottom of the world. Mascaro, a Safety manager who works at Warren Grove Gunnery Range, is currently deployed as part of Operation Deep Freeze, a joint mission that sees
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Airmen from the 177th Security Forces Squadron practice room clearing procedures during an exercise scenario on Nov.16, 2013 at the FAA Training Facility, N.J.  Airmen practiced scenarios ranging from room clearing to entry procedures during the exercise.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman First Class Shane Karp/Released) Security Forces takes on active shooter training at FAA Shoothouse
Airmen from the 177th Fighter Wing's Security Forces Squadron conducted training exercises at the United States Air Marshalls' training facility in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. on Saturday.The training focused on the techniques utilized when approaching buildings, breaching doors and clearing rooms."The tactics practiced and utilized today will be
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U.S. Air Force airmen from the 177th Fighter Wing reset a cable during a cable arrester system exercise, Nov. 14, at Atlantic City International Airport, N.J. The system, which is tested once a year, can aid any tailhook equipped aircraft to stop safely in the event of a failure of the braking systems. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released) Hooked
U.S. Air Force airmen from the 177th Fighter Wing's Civil Engineering Squadron performed testing on their aircraft arrest system here. The system is used to rapidly decelerate an aircraft in the event of an emergency brake failure or on short runways which may not offer the distance required for a traditional landing. "If an aircraft is coming in
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U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Jason Foyne instructs U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Gallinoto on rescue procedures as an HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City approaches during a joint training exercise in Port Repubic N.J. on Aug 9.  Gallinoto is an F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released) Water Rescue Me
"The town is yours, gentlemen!" proclaimed Port Republic, N.J. Mayor Gary B. Giberson. On Aug 9., members of the 119th Fighter Squadron were met by Giberson at Harry Bowen Memorial Park along the Mullica River, for a day that saw the local community, the New Jersey Air National Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard come together for a joint water rescue
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U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Patrick Fry, flight operations Soldier with the 57th Troop Command, New Jersey Army National Guard, holds a mahi mahi he caught aboard the Canyon Runner fishing charter boat at the Hudson Canyon, Atlantic Ocean on July 3, 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley, Released) Fishing trip for vets a way to give back for charter boat owner
Five combat veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were invited to go on the fishing trip of a lifetime by a NJ charter fishing outfit July 3.Deane Lambros, captain of the Canyon Runner, said the owner of the charter business, Adam LaRosa, arranged the trip, which included two New Jersey National Guardsmen and three retired active duty
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joe Iacovone briefs opposing forces members before the annual Atlantic County crisis response exercise at Atlantic Cape Community College on July 12.  Event planners from the Atlantic County Prosecuters Office requested New Jersey Air National Guard assistance in evaluation, as well as providing opposition force members who would push the response teams to their limits.  Iacovone is assigned to the 177th Security Forces Squadron Anti-Terrorism Office, and is also a member of the Atlantic City Police Department. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released) Professional Bad Guys
Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing were once again asked to evaluate and participate in the annual Atlantic County crisis response exercise, which was held at Atlantic Cape Community College on July 12. A statement released by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said, "This year we sought out a "Team" with
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Default Air Force Logo Air National Guard Security Forces Senior Non-Commissioned Officer attends FBI National Academy
Senior Master Sgt. Dan Mitchell, 177th Security Forces Squadron superintendent of training, graduated June 14 from the 253rd session of the FBI National Academy. Mitchell's class was made up of 216 law enforcement professionals from 48 states, 24 countries, and three military branches - including the New Jersey Air National Guard.The FBI National
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New Jersey Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Michael Sears, left, is awarded the Bronze Star by Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, the adjutant general, at a ceremony April 17, 2013, at the State House in Trenton, N.J. On a single combat patrol in Afghanistan, Sears, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 177th Fighter Wing, defused two improvised explosive devices and made five trips across open terrain under heavy enemy fire to aid a wounded coalition soldier and to engage insurgent forces. Sears suffered shoulder injury and expended more than 190 rounds from his M4 rifle during the firefight. He was also awarded the Purple Heart. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released) Sears heroic actions under enemy fire helps fellow members survive attack
When an explosive ordnance disposal team rolls out for a combat patrol, their objective is to defuse bombs and gather intelligence about the bomb-makers. It's not to engage the enemy. But as New Jersey Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Mike Sears put it, sometimes, there's no choice. Sept. 29, 2012 was one of those days. A three-man Air Force EOD team
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Chief Master Sgt. Dominick Galione (Ret.) talks about his retirement as a NJ State employee from the Fire Department at the 177th Fighter Wing - NJ Air National Guard on April 13, 2013, after serving for over 40 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released) Galione Retires after 40 Years of Service
The 177th Fighter Wing Fire Department's assistant fire chief retired after forty-four years of service on April 13, 2013. Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Dominick Galione enlisted in the 177th Fighter Interceptor Group in September 1969 and served both as a full-time technician and a traditional Guardsman.Galione noted that the thing he will miss the
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Aeronautical engineering students from Lehigh University get a close up look at a 177th Fighter Wing F-16C Fighting Falcon during a base tour on April 3, 2013. (New Jersey Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released) Lehigh University students visit the 177th
Aeronautical Engineering seniors from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., were treated to a tour of the 177th Fighter Wing on April 3. Accompanying the students was their professor, Dr. Terry Hart, a former 177th unit member.Hart began his career with the Air Force Reserve, but quickly transitioned to the New Jersey National Guard, flying the
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