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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alder Middle School shows military pride

    Alder Middle School in Egg Harbor Township, NJ showed its pride and patriotism by inviting local military members to display work equipment and memorabilia and to share stories with students on May 23. "They had a wonderful event set up that included the singing of patriotic songs by the school choir and then afterwards a chance to get to talk to
  • Wing trains with area first responders

    Emergency response Airmen from the 177th Fighter Wing joined forces with South Jersey Transit Authority and the Atlantic County Hazardous Materials units in responding to a simulated threat at the wing May 10.The responders were faced with the delivery of a simulated letter carrying anthrax spores."Having the different agencies respond and operate
  • Deployed maintainers keep F-16s flying

    The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. Highly maneuverable, F-16s have proven to be very effective in both air-to-air and air-to-surface combat. To keep these critical air-power assets mission ready, the technicians of the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron provide 24-hour service to the F-16s here. Most