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  • 126 FSS conducts field training exercise

    The 126th Force Support Squadron led a three-unit, total-force field training exercise during the April unit training assembly here, where they honed their skills and prepared for the possibility of a deployment.Airmen from the 375 FSS - the 126th's active duty counterpart - and the Illinois Air National Guard's 183 FSS joined Guardsmen from the
  • Recognition of Fitness Excellence

    Anyone who regularly uses the Mini Fitness Center (MFC) or wanders the halls of Building #5010 before or after a Fitness Assessment (FA) may have noticed a new plaque hanging on the wall outside of the MFC. The plaque recognizes personnel who achieve a perfect 100 percent score on their FA. Despite constant changes to AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program,
  • Supporting NATO

    Airmen and aircraft from the 126th Air Refueling Wing of the Illinois Air National Guard recently completed a two-week rotation to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany.While deployed, the 126 ARW, in a total force initiative with personnel of the Mighty 906th Air Refueling Squadron, provided air refueling to the NATO E-3A Airborne Warning and
  • 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
  • Scott AFB pilot killed in Afghanistan

    The Department of Defense confirmed today that a pilot stationed here was among four crewmembers on board an MC-12 who were killed April 27 when their aircraft crashed in the Zabul province in southern Afghanistan.Capt. Brandon Cyr, 28, a KC-135 instructor pilot, was a member of the 906th Air Refueling Squadron within the 375th Air Mobility Wing,
  • Santa Claus comes to town

    Very rarely does Santa step off of an Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker before talking with kids and posing for pictures for the holiday season. But, that is exactly what happened during the 126th Air Refueling Wing's December UTA weekend.As the jolly man in the red suit and his helpers strutted through the Wing hangar past the two bounce houses,
  • Permanent Change of Station leads to much more than a new command - Act of heroism is recognized with an Airman's Medal

    Lt. Col. Doug Edwards, commander, 906th Air Refueling Squadron, had no idea he was on a course with destiny when he and his family began their 2009 trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Wash. to a new duty station at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.Nov. 2, 2009, Doug, his wife Joy, and their three children traveled separately in two vehicles on a desolate
  • Illinois Airman earns Air National Guard Outstanding Airmen of the Year recognition

    There may not be one perfect Guardsman in the United States, but there is one Illinois Guardsman who was recognized as the best noncommissioned officer (NCO) in the country by the Air National Guard.Illinois Air National Guardsman Tech. Sgt. Jacob Curtis of Fairview Heights, with the 126th Security Forces Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, was
  • Providing vital communications during natural disasters or emergencies

    Airmen assigned to the 126th Communications Flight (CF) know that reliable communications are essential everyday but become more critical during times of natural disasters or emergencies. Training and equipment are ever-evolving and the Director of Homeland Security has stated that next generation emergency communications equipment must be highly

    Thirty years ago this March, a KC-135A Stratotanker assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing exploded while on a routine training mission near K.I. Sawyer AFB in northern Michigan. All 27 people aboard the aircraft were killed, including four aircrew members assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing and 23 members of the 928th Tactical Airlift