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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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