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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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Lt. Col. Ed Dagney, 177th Comptroller Flight Commander, poses in front of a Mine Resistant Anti-Personnel (MRAP) vehicle in Afghanistan.  Courtesy photo. 
Financing the Fight
On Oct 1, 2011, Lt. Col. Ed Dagney arrived at Kabul, Afghanistan, as Comptroller for Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan (CFSOCC-A).Far from his home in New Jersey, Dagney was tasked with helping the Afghan National Police with a comprehensive pay system for the Afghan Local Police (ALP) program. Dagney participated in
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 227th Air Support Operations Squadron, New Jersey Air National Guard, train with weapons at Fort Drum, N.Y. on Aug 20.  U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht Thinking at 1,000 miles per hour
'Thinking at 1,000 miles per hour', the 227th Air Support Operations Squadron completed a week of grueling training at Fort Drum, N.Y., Aug 24.The 227th is an Air National Guard unit assigned to the 177th Fighter Wing, Atlantic City, N.J., and is tasked with providing direct support for the New Jersey Army National Guard's 50th Infantry Brigade
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U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Jeffrey Montemurro does last minute checks on an F-16C Fighting Falcon piloted by Lt. Col. Bradford Everman on Feb 5, 2012 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.  Everman is the commander of the 119th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, and Montemurro is assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.  Both are deployed from the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, which is located at Atlantic City International Airport, NJ.  The 177th is deployed to provide close air support to coalition forces.  U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht 177th joins mix in Afghanistan
Preparing for and going through all those inspections was stressful for the 177th Fighter Wing, but when it came time to deploy to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in December 2011 all that preparation really paid off."Having been through a UCI (unit compliance inspection), a Phase I and Phase II ORI (operational readiness inspection), we fit the
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Default Air Force Logo Wing provides opposing forces in anti-terrorism exercise
Airmen from the 177th Fighter Wing served as opposing forces to emergency services personnel from both the state and local community during an anti-terrorism exercise in Margate N.J., August 1.Members from the 227th Air Support Operations Squadron acted out as terrorists who had taken over a school while emergency personnel were evaluated on their
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U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Rob Bowen, a Firefighter assigned to the 177th Civil Engineering Squadron, poses for a portrait on July 26.  Bowen helped to save the life of a crash victim on July 24.  U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht 177th Airman saves driver in South Harrison crash
For Airman 1st Class Rob Bowen it had been just another relaxing afternoon July 24. He was talking to his aunt outside her house on Route 45 and Monroeville Road in South Harrison Township. Suddenly, they both heard a very loud bang."I knew from the sound of it there was an accident, so I took off running," said Bowen, who couldn't immediately see
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Explosive Ordnance Disposal non-commissioned officer in charge Master Sgt. Ed Nickel, left, pauses while loading an ANDROS F6A Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot to answer a question from Maj. Scott Hofstetter, deputy commander, 21st Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction), New Jersey National Guard, during an exercise at the 177th Fighter Wing June 6, 2012. Airmen from the 177th along with New Jersey National Guard Soldiers and Airmen of the 21st Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction), South Jersey Transit Authority firefighters and New Jersey State Police responded to a simulated weapons of mass destruction incident.  Members of the 177th Explosive Ordnance Disposal team worked with the 21st CST in reacting to a simulated explosion on base. The 21st CST supports civil authorities by responding to a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) situation. The unit is made up of full-time New Jersey Army and Air National Guard members that have been trained and equipped to provide support to civil authorities at a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-explosive (CBRNE) incident site by identifying CBRNE agents/substances, assessing current and projected consequences and advising on response measures and assisting with appropriate requests for state support.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen EOD tip of the spear in WMD exercise
In the Air Force, the only times Airmen are continuously in harm's way are when they are deployed to a combat zone.That is not the case for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams.Whether they are clearing roadside bombs in Afghanistan or responding to a request from local authorities who have found World War II ordnance on a beach, to responding
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Airmen of the 177th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group stand at parade rest during the Change of Command ceremony April 22, 2012.  Col. Kerry M. Gentry, commander of the 177th Fighter Wing and former 177th Maintenance Group commander turned over the Maintenance Group command to Col. Patrick M. Kennedy.  The 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, is located at Egg Harbor Township, N.J.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen Kennedy to Command Maintenance
It's all about expectations and opportunities.That's what Col. Patrick M. Kennedy, the 177th Fighter Wing's new Maintenance Group commander stressed in his speech during the Change of Command ceremony that took place in the main hangar April 22."Here's what you can expect for me; I will work to ensure every member of this organization is treated
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