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  • 'Battle of survival:' Special tactics officer awarded Air Force Cross

    In a harrowing 10-hour battle amidst more than 100 insurgents, a special tactics officer kept the enemy at bay with a little help from above. Capt. Barry F. Crawford Jr. was awarded the Air Force Cross during a Pentagon ceremony April 12 for his heroic actions controlling the air space and calling

  • GIIEP system helps transmit images

    The Maryland National Guard and the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol are working together using the Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation-Portable platform, better known as the GIIEP system to give incident commanders in emergency situations real time images.CAP Capt. Jonathan Neumann,

  • New Drug Testing Policy

    The Maryland National Guard has instituted a new drug testing policy.Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, the Adjutant General for the Maryland National Guard, recently sent out a memorandum detailing the policy.The biggest change is the expansion of the policy that will test for a variety of prescription

  • Lajes supports largest A-10 movement this year

    Eighteen A-10C Thunderbolts from the 175th Warfield Air National Guard Base landed at Lajes Field March 31, making it the largest A-10 coronet this year to Lajes Field.Members of the 175th Warfield Air National Guard Base Maintenance and Operations Group departed their base in Martin State Airport

  • SecAF: Cyberspace is an Air Force priority

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley highlighted cyberspace as an important Air Force priority and joint force enabler during remarks to Airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members March 23 at the Air Force Association's 2012 CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition

  • New Rifle Qualification

    New firing procedures for rifle qualifying are changing in the Maryland Air National Guard, better preparing Airmen for current deployments.The new rifle qualification course will integrate both lateral and horizontal movement, as well as how to use immediate action. Members will also gain the

  • Air Force Details Plans for ISR Group, C-27 Divestment

    New details have emerged regarding how the fiscal year 2013 Air Force budget proposal might affect the Maryland Air National Guard.The budget proposal, portions of which were released in January, calls for the elimination of the C-27J Spartan from the Air Force inventory. The C-27 is currently

  • Washington native deploys to keep airmen safe

    Staff Sgt. Joanna Marriot, a driver with a security element, recently deployed to Southwest Asia from the 175th Security Forces Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard. Marriot, a native of Deming, Wash., along with other Air National Guard Security Forces Squadron members deployed as a group to join

  • Learning in America

    Staff Sgt. Ousseynou S. Sonko came to the United States for an education. Through mentoring, he has progressed through both his military and educational careers.Sonko, an avionics sensors and electronic warfare systems mechanic in the 175th Maintenance Squadron, was born in Dakar, Senegal in Africa.