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  • 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
  • Red Tail Angels: the story of the Tuskegee Airmen

    Prior to World War II, the situation for African-American military aviators was grim.The Army Air Corps had completely barred blacks from their ranks and the other services had assigned blacks only the most menial of duties. Their reasoning was based on an Army War College study, which stated that blacks, by nature, were physically, mentally and
  • WwW (Who was Willey)

    Who was Master Sgt. William G. Willey?If you had asked me that question before I wrote this article, the most I could've told you was that in the display case outside the dining hall there is a ginormous trophy named after him that gets awarded each year to a unit member. That insignificant fact barely scratches the surface I was soon to find out.
  • Taggart chosen top First Sergeant

    Combat seems to forge exceptional Non-Commissioned Officers at the 177th Fighter Wing.For the second time in four years, a 177th First Sergeant was chosen as the Air National Guard's First Sergeant of the Year, and like the previous recipient - Master Sgt. Daniel Mitchell Jr. - was also with the 177th Security Forces and had also served in