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An unknown man poses in front of a downed B-17 Flying Fortress, tail number 4337569, following a dogfight which occurred, Dec. 24, 1944. The aircraft's crew included 1st Lt. Vernal Cuno Becker, the tail gunner on the mission, and great-uncle of current U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James McCloskey. (Courtesy photo) Coming full circle: A Chief uncovers great uncle's WWII crash site, 70 years later
The date is Dec. 24, 1944, in the midst of World War II, and while most Americans are at home preparing for a Christmas with their families, 1st Lt. Cuno Vernal Becker, an armament officer with the 836th Bomb Squadron, 487th Bomb Group, is boarding his B-17 Flying Fortress, about to take part in mission number 760 -- the 8th Air Force's largest
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Samuel Arlia prepares equipment used to communicate between aircraft and airmen on the ground in the tower at Warren Grove Gunnery Range, New Jersey on July 1, 2015. Arlia is a Radio Frequency Transmission Systems specialist with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing Detachment 1. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Amber Powell/Released) Modern-day MacGuyver
Unlike most detachments, the 177th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, Warren Grove Gunnery Range (WGR) has less than 10 service members that keep it running.With the range covering nearly 10,000 acres, it is important that the small team works effectively and utilizes ingenuity to complete their mission.  Master Sgt. Samuel Arlia, a radio frequency
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A group photo of Air National Guard pilots deployed to Phu Cat, South Vietnam, and assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron. (Courtesy photo) ANG “Fighting Falcons” recall Vietnam Service
Sometimes history can be elusive, and even events that happened recently can be forgotten. Such was the case of the 177th Tactical Fighter Wing's actions in Vietnam. A hodgepodge group of aviators and maintenance Air National Guardsmen from both the 177th as well as the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing volunteered for Vietnam service.Initially, the
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Lt. Col. John Fogarty felt unwell for nearly a year, and then embarked on the fight for his life. (U.S. Air National Guard photo illustration by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley) Keep Fighting
Lt. Col. John Fogarty felt unwell for nearly a year."I told my wife, 'There's something wrong, but I don't know what it is,'" the senior New Jersey Air National Guard officer said recently.A bout of the flu and pressure from his wife finally got Fogarty to the doctor in February of 2012.The first tests revealed no problems, but the doctor
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William Tell '84: 30 Years Later. (U.S. Air National Guard digital art by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht) William Tell '84: 30 Years Later
30 years ago this month, the 177th Fighter Wing - then known as the 177th Fighter Interceptor Group - competed for the first and only time in the William Tell Weapons Meet at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. 55 Airmen with 5 aircraft competed for 23 days, winning multiple awards in the process.Officially known as the United States Air Force Air to Air
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Capt. Brian Bradke, a 177th Fighter Wing F-16C pilot, hard at work in the lab at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in N.Y. where he is working on his doctorate degree in biomedical engineering.  (Courtesy photo) From flight suit to lab coat
Challenging. Exciting. Hard work. Most would think that these are words that Air Force Capt. Brian Bradke would use to describe his experiences as an F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing, but instead, this Citizen-Airman uses them to describe his academic activities."I am enrolled at Rensselaer
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A U.S. Army Air Corps P-51D Mustang “Jersey Jerk” flown by Maj. Donald J. Strait from the 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group scores a victory against a Luftwaffe Me 109 on Nov. 26, 1944 while escorting bombers over Ruhr.  That day the 356th Fighter Group destroyed 23 enemy aircraft without losing a single American.  Strait began his career as an enlisted Airman in the 119th Observation Squadron, New Jersey Army National Guard, and by the end of World War II he had 13.5 aerial victories.  (U.S. Air National Guard illustration by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)
From Enlisted to Ace
(The following article contains quotes from an interview with Maj. Gen. Donald J. Strait, NJANG (Ret.) by Chief Master Sgt. David P. Anderson from the Air National Guard History Program on May 15, 2008.)Donald J. Strait was born on April 28, 1918 in East Orange, N.J., and grew up in the nearby town of Verona. As a child, he dreamed of being a
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Dickinson keeps watch at his R-11 refueling truck as he refuels an F-16C Fighting Falcon from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. on Nov. 6.  Dickinson is a fuels specialist assigned to the 177th Logistics Readiness Squadron.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released) Fueling Fighters
Fuels specialists transport and deliver the lifeblood of the U.S. Air Force - aviation fuel! Not only do these airmen help to optimize the transport and delivery of fuel, but they are also stewards of the environment, making sure that fuel gets where it's going safely. After basic training, airmen that are studying to be fuels specialists spend an
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