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  • Illinois Air National Guard Unit Continues to Support Hurricane Recovery

    The 126 ARW continues to support hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico A 7 person aircrew from the 126th Operations Group and 126th Maintenance Group flew a mission of nearly 15 hours A 13 person security team has deployed from the 126th Security Forces Squadron An 8 person communications team has deployed from the 126th Communications Flight A 3 person supply acquisition team are deploying from the 126th Supply Chain Management Squadron
  • Air National Guard Restores FAA Capabilities for Puerto Rico

    A week and a half post hurricane Maria, it is hard to tell the Federal Aviation Administration was at “ground zero” and in the dark with no power or communications capabilities. Now, the air traffic flow at San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport is back to normal thanks to the relationship between the Air National Guard stepped in to help the FAA and restore air operations for the island.
  • Illinois ANG makes lifesaving connections in Puerto Rico

    The Illinois Air National Guard is helping to provide critical communications to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The hurricane devastated many parts of the island knocking out power across the entire island and rendering communications networks inoperable. The lack of reliable communications–no voice phone calls, no internet, no text messaging–has severely hampered the relief effort.
  • 126th Maintenance Group Achieves Highest Maintenance Efficiency

    The 126th Maintenance Group was rated best in the Air Force for KC-135 mission capability readiness for the fiscal year 2016.The 126 MXG received an 82 percent mission capability rating.  This exceeded the Air National Guard goal by 8 percent and the Air Mobility Command goal by 2 percent.There are other performance measures such as cannibalization
  • Staff Sgt Jason Patton Named 2016 Outstanding Cyber Operator

    An Illinois Air National Guard airman here has been selected to receive the 2016 Information Dominance Award in the Air Force Outstanding Cyber Operations - Non-Commissioned Officer Category.Staff Sgt. Jason A. Patton, a Systems Administrator with the 126th Communications Flight, recently received the announcement that he was selected for this
  • Black Letter Flight a First for the 126th Air Refueling Wing

    Members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Squadron and 906th Air Refueling Squadron will fly a KC-135 in a black letter initial status tomorrow for the first time in both squadron's history.A black letter flight occurs when an aircraft flies with zero discrepancies. This is rarely achieved in the Air Force and many crew chiefs go their
  • 906 ARS Holds Memorial Service for Fallen Warrior

    The 906th Air Refueling Squadron remembered a fallen comrade at a memorial service held here Wednesday.Capt. Brandon Cyr, a pilot assigned to the squadron, was killed in a plane crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on April 27, 2013, along with three other crew members.Lt. Col. Donald Landgrebe, commander of the 906th since 2015, honored Cyr in front of
  • 126th Civil Engineers receive training in Israel

    The 126th Civil Engineer Squadron helped the Israeli Air Force prepare for upcoming exercise, Juniper Cobra, during a deployment from Oct. 26 through Nov. 7, 2015 to Hatzor Air Base, Israel. Lt. Col. Marc Eccher, commander of the 126th Civil Engineer Squadron, commanded the 34 member team.Juniper Cobra is a large-scale joint ballistic missile
  • 126th Air Refueling Wing presented its sixth Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

    The 126th Air Refueling Wing, assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard, received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) on Oct. 4, 2014, from the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.The AFOUA is awarded to only a number of units each year. This year on May 12, 2014