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  • Air National Guard families spend weekend building Strong Bonds

    Fourteen Illinois Air National Guard families converged on a Wisconsin hotel and waterpark lodge on a mission: To join forces for the weekend to strengthen their family bonds by learning “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families”. Chaplains and chaplain assistants from the 182nd Airlift Wing and 183rd Wing led the families through the program, which included lessons, practical exercises and time for family bonding.
  • Mentoring by Example

    "Strict. Rigid. She was a short petite woman and when she walked in the room you could just tell she was feisty.""I hope I never work for her," the airman thought to herself.A short time later, the airman found herself trying to decide whether or not to take a position working for the slight but serious woman. Little did she know that particular
  • Mustache March Madness

    While many Illinois residents associate March with St. Patrick's Day celebrations, tornado season, and basketball finals, Air National Guardsmen honor this month with the Air Force tradition of Mustache March.This tradition originated during the Vietnam War when Col. Robin Olds, Wing Commander for the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon Royal Thai Air
  • Ransom holds war veterans’ honor in flights

    She began volunteering for the Honor Flight Project in 2012 when she was at technical training and since then, has participated in 21 Honor Flights.Senior Airman Heather Ransom, a Public Health Technician for the 126th Medical Group attached to the 126th Air Refueling Wing, helps to organize volunteers to welcome back veterans after they have spent
  • Too Close for Comfort

    During the June drill, we will conduct our annual Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training. In the past, we've been trained on bystander intervention and prevention. This time, the focus will be on identifying the offender. In my training, I'll discuss how certain environments can allow offenders to hide in plain sight. Because our
  • The 126th Medical Group is fit for the fight

    This story is the final part of a feature article spotlighting each of the Groups of the 126th Air Refueling Wing. For this edition, we present the Group charged with keeping the Wing fit for the fight -- the 126th Medical Group.126th Medical GroupShots and preventive health assessments (PHAs) are something members of the Air National Guard are
  • The 126th Operations Group flies planes too

    The young Airman went to a party and visited his friends whom he had not seen in months. His friends were excited to see him, but they did not know why it had been so long since they had visited with him."Where have you been," they asked."I joined the Air Force," the new Airman replied.His friends inquired further, "That's great! What do you
  • The 126th Maintenance Group keeps 'em flying

    The following story is part two of a feature article series spotlighting each of the Groups within the 126th Air Refueling Wing. Last Wingtips edition, Public Affairs spotlighted the Operations Group. This month, Public Affairs discusses the Group in charge of keeping the birds flying - the 126th Maintenance Group.In the aviation maintenance field,
  • 126th Mission Support Group: mission possible

    The following story is part three of a feature article series spotlighting each of the Groups within the 126th Air Refueling Wing. Last Wing Tips edition, we spotlighted the Maintenance Group. This edition, we present the Group in charge of the behind the scenes action to keep the Wing going - the 126th Mission Support Group.Mission Support GroupAs
  • Serving their nation and community

         Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets are no strangers to hard work and helping others.     Cadets are often involved in community projects within their local communities where they can perform as a team and demonstrate their commitment to being well-informed and helpful citizens.     Recently, cadets from three
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