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  • Training pairs veteran cops with younger security forces

    Having downed five drinks in less than four hours, Tech. Sgt. Joel Colinco was hammered when he encountered the cops. Stumbling and barely able to walk a straight line, Colinco -- a reservist with the 146th Airlift Wing from the Channel Islands Air National Guard -- failed all the field sobriety tests and was escorted home to sleep it off. He was
  • Pargan 12,500 Flying Hours Milestone

    If Chief Master Sgt. Gordon Riffe, former superintendent of the Maryland Air National Guard's 135th Airlift Squadron's loadmaster section, hadn't encouraged a young civilian to look into the Air National Guard back the early 1980s, Master Sgt. Steve Pargan might be still working behind the counter of an automobile parts store. Instead, he has
  • Maryland Air National Guardsman receives Bronze Star Medal

    The Maryland National Guard today announced the awarding of the Bronze Star Medal to Col. Brian Neal, commander of the Maryland Air National Guard's 135th Airlift Group, for meritorious achievement while serving on active duty in Iraq. During the first six months of 2007, Neal served on active duty as commander of the U.S. Air Force's 447th Air
  • Maryland National Guard announces Airmen of the Year

    The Maryland Air National Guard today announced the winners of its annual Airman of the Year competition for 2007 as follows: In the Airman category: Senior Airman Kyle J. Greene, of Pylesville, Md. Greene is a member of the 135th Aerial Port Flight. In the Non-Commissioned Officer category: Tech. Sgt. Amy L. Franklin, of Bowie, Md. Franklin is a
  • Maryland Air National Guard Unit Returns from Iraq

    The Maryland Air National Guard today welcomed home 27 members of the 175th Security Forces Squadron from their six-month deployment to Sather Air Base at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq. The Guardsmen were activated in July 2007 and attended pre-deployment training at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., before deploying to Baghdad. Since that time,
  • MDANG welcomes new chaplain

    In November, the Maryland Air National Guard welcomed a new chaplain into its ranks at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River. Chaplain (1st Lt.) Ja'nice Tubman-Pettigrew recently reported to her post with the 175th Wing. She is one of only a few female chaplains ever to have served in the state. "We are extremely pleased to have the
  • Air Guard pilots and maintainers make history in Iraq

    Capt. Brian "Snap" Curland, a deployed member of the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, made history here when he dropped the first Joint Direct Attack Munition from the newly upgraded A-10C Thunderbolt II in combat Sept. 19. The captain's strike, and the Air Guard's participation and support of precision engagement for the A-10, mark a
  • Upgraded A-10s prove worth in Iraq

    A new version of the A-10 Thunderbolt II has been flying over Iraq providing close-air support for the ground troops from Al Asad Air Base for nearly two months. As part of the Precision Engagement Upgrade Program, the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing has been converting it's A-10s from A to C models. "We are the first A-10C model squadron
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