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  • 126th Air Refueling Wing's Security Forces Squadron returns home from Iraq

    Approximately 30 members of the Scott Air Force Base-based, Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing's Security Forces Squadron returned home Feb. 12 after a six month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed, the security forces personnel (SFS) provided security and air-base defense/force-protection operations
  • 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
  • The future of the Air Force takes off at Scott Air Force Base

    With pre-flight checks complete, 10,000 feet of runway before them, and tower clearance received the KC-135 Stratotanker crew pushed the throttles forward and were thrust back in their seats as the aircraft's mighty engines roared and the smell of jet fuel lingered on the runway. The takeoff was smooth and the skies were bright as the 185,000 pound
  • Total Force takes shape at Scott Air Force Base

    The 126th Air Refueling Wing and the 375th Air Mobility Wing, both located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, are partners in one of the U.S. Air Force's newest Total Force Integration initiatives. As part of the Air Force's ongoing TFI efforts, a KC-135 Stratotanker Active Association between the 126th ARW, an Illinois Air National Guard unit, and
  • Thoughts on energy consumption and reduction

    Most homeowners are aware of the rising cost of energy, and we in the Air National Guard and our facilities are not exempt. As there is little we can do about the rates we pay, there is an abundance of things we can do to reduce our usage. In Jan. 2007, Executive Order 13423 was signed by the President of the United States requiring all federal
  • Using the CCAF as a tool for your future

    The Community College of the Air Force is the largest community college in the world and the only one in the Department of Defense. The CCAF was activated in 1972 to gain academic recognition for technical training conducted by Air Force schools. The CCAF offers 67 degrees in five areas; aircraft and missile maintenance, electronics and
  • Motorcycle safety - make it a priority

    Motorcycle safety has become a hot topic in the safety community lately and for good reason. There have been 15 motorcycle related fatalities so far this fiscal year throughout the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard. That's the same amount of motorcycle related fatalities that we had in the entire FY 08 and we still have a quarter
  • On bended knee at the "old ball game"

    Airman 1st Class Chad Beintker, a Security Forces apprentice with the 126th Security Forces Squadron and Belleville, Ill. native, had a lifetime memory he wanted to make but was having difficulty finding the right place to make it happen.With a pending mobilization and deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom approaching, Beintker knew he