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This is my dream job

A conversation with Tech. Sgt. Mike Palmer, one of the 153rd Airlift Wing’s outstanding recruiters. We talk about his success, why the Wyoming Air National Guard is a great place to be a recruiter and how to make the transition from active to guard.  

When disaster strikes

When disaster strikes a small town, the National Guard is critical in its service to local first responders augmenting civilian life flight capabilities and providing immediate life saving care. Recently the Wyoming and Colorado National Guard participated in “Alpine Guard” a mass casualty exercise simulating the response to a major tornado in the small town of Fort Morgan, Colorado.

A learning experience

The airlift mission is something the 153rd Airlift Wing has no problem accomplishing; it’s what the Wyoming Air National Guard does. Prior to August 2017, the wing thought it was doing everything that needed to get done to perform the mission. However, looming in the… Read More »A learning experience

Back to the fight

Approximately 100 airmen assigned to the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations over the weekend.

Wyoming first sergeant leverages first responder skills

Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Turner is a firefighter with Cheyenne Fire Rescue. During the week, he responds to fire calls and provides emergency medical assistance to the city’s residents. On drill weekend, he responds to the needs of the airmen and families of the 153rd Airlift Wing as a first sergeant.

Force support squadrons partner to train as a total force

Wyoming Air National Guard force support squadron airmen from the 153rd Airlift Wing teamed up with their 90th Missile Wing active duty counterparts to complete a week of training Aug. 7 – 11 here.
A few of the classes taught during the week included building shelters, setting up field kitchens, and search and rescue. The goal was to get the active duty FSS personnel ready for their deployment later this year by learning from WyANG airmen who recently returned from a deployment.

Wyo. Air National Guard aircrews practice survival techniques

Members of the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 187th Airlift and Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons spent an afternoon here Aug. 9 to fine-tune their land and water survival skills. The 153rd Aircrew Flight Equipment instructors put the airmen through several scenarios to ensure if the aircrews did find themselves in an open water situation or other hostile environments, they would have the know-how to survive.

153rd Command & Control Squadron: serving as cyber & driver

Throughout history, defeating a military adversary was primarily accomplished on a battlefield. We sketch a picture in our mind of military members adorned with muskets and rifles, sweat pouring down their forehead, uniform garnished in blood spatters and mud streaks as they hide in a foxhole or forge toward enemy lines, evading fire.

Wyo. Air Guard aircraft maintainers practice recovering fighter aircraft

The pilot transmits a distress call to the tower to relay that his aircraft is heavily damaged. He manages a hard landing but his aircraft has lost all system power and veered off the taxiway into heavy mud. A scenario similar to this is what activates the 153rd Maintenance Group Crash Damage or Disabled Aircraft Recovery team

Recruiters turn to innovation to seek out new enlistees

When you think of recruiters, a few images come to mind. Top on the list is an image of a staff sergeant or technical sergeant visiting a school during lunch or an assembly and presenting a slideshow of fun looking jobs. You may also recall recruiters handing out tri-folds during fairs or parades.

Airman gives insight into balancing civilian and Guard job

I pulled up to the parking lot of the Torrington police station which is about eighty miles northeast of Cheyenne near the Nebraska border. It is an understated brown building which shares its location with city hall. Over the glass doors in block letters reads “police station.” Officer Rebekah Miller is waiting for me in front of the doors to the station.

Meet Chief Master Sgt. Nogle: the 153rd Airlift Wing’s new command chief

Upon meeting a new command chief, airmen are often unsure of what to expect and generally have questions. What kind of leader will the new chief be? What changes can we expect? As the 153rd Airlift Wing Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Darren Nogle is the voice of the enlisted force within the wing, and it is vital airmen have an understanding of Nogle, his command philosophies and what the future holds with him as their command chief.

Airmen learn about drunk driving in non-routine way

Driving while impaired is not a permissible activity. However, 153rd Airlift Wing student flight trainees got to do this – drive a motorized vehicle, under close supervision, while under the influence of alcohol. Or at least that is what the beer goggles they wore simulated as they drove through a course dotted with orange cones.

Wyoming Air Guard C-130’s to receive prop upgrades

Looking through pictures of Wyoming Air National Guard aircraft over the last ten years, one picture stands out. An eight year old image of a single C-130H Hercules aircraft with eight-bladed propellers parked on the ramp at dusk, foretelling the modernization of the C-130 fleet.

Wyo. Guard bags sand to bolster river’s banks

A task force of various government agency members arrived in Saratoga Wednesday and Thursday to help local officials prevent those waters from finding a way into town. Making up a portion of that task force are members of the Wyoming National Guard.

153rd Airlift Wing adds leadership team with long-time legacy

Both Col. Paul Lyman and David Herder commissioned over 20 years ago through Reserve Officer Training Corps programs and became navigators on the C-130 aircraft piloted by the Wyoming Air National Guard. Today, they have combined over 7,300 flying hours and 40 years of military service, most with the Wyoming Air National Guard.

MAFFS 3 returns to Wyoming after 14 months in Utah

Aug. 17, 2014, a C-130H equipped with a Modular Airborne Firefighting System landed without functioning nose gear at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Almost 14 months later, on Oct. 13 that C-130H, tail number 1533, returned to its home at the Wyoming Air National Guard.