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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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