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Col. Devin R. Wooden, 137th Special Operations Wing commander (left), Col. Daniel R. “Pinto” Fowler, incoming 137th Special Operations Group commander (center), and Col. Kelly W. Cobble, outgoing 137th Special Operations Group commander (right), sit at the front of the room during the Group’s change of command ceremony at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, May 17, 2018. Fowler, formerly the Air National Guard's Advisor to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlbert Field, Fla., assumed command with more than 20 years of military experience, including three years as a Joint Terminal Attack Control qualified Air Liaison Officer and 12 years of flying. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kasey Phipps) New commander to take 137th SOG to “next level”
Col. Daniel R. “Pinto” Fowler, formerly assigned to the Air National Guard Advisor to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlbert Field, Florida, assumed com-mand of the 137th Special Operations Group from Col. Kelly W. Cobble during a change of command ceremony at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, May 17, 2018.
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2018
Lt. Col. Jason Smith, a pilot from the 301st Fighter Wing, Fort Worth, Texas, conducts a simulated flight mission while a tactical air control party specialist calls in an air strike during a simulated mission run by the 138th Combat Training Flight on an Air National Guard Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Simulator at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Feb. 1, 2018. The simulator has saved the Air National Guard and Air Combat Command both time and money while ensuring the readiness of battlefield Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Brigette Waltermire) New simulator virtually priceless for training
Darkness. It’s night, and the chaos of battle is loud. The sounds reverberate all around, but there are no sights to connect the tumult. Through the cacophony, it is possible to distinguish the barking of dogs, the staccato pops of semi-automatic weapons firing, voices yelling unidentifiable phrases in indistinguishable languages and the squealing whooshes of mortars flying overhead. A lone voice rises above the rest, “Thanks for the work.” With that, the sound cuts off, lights are switched on and the scenario ends. A trainee emerges from a canvas covered simulator dome and is congratulated by the instructors.
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2018
A Tactical Air Control Party specialist approaches an enemy position while participating in a field training exercise, or FTX, at Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center in Arkansas, April 14, 2018. The FTX, April 13-17, 2018, took place at the end of a two-month Initial Combat Skills Training Course, which is hosted by the 138th Combat Training Flight at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, and is the only one of its kind in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Kasey M. Phipps) 138th CTF trains Air National Guard’s newest TACPs
FORT CHAFFEE MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The crunch of gravel is swiftly drowned out by the sounds of rapid gunfire as a small, six-man team finds cover in a tree line and targets enemy forces.
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2018
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Lunsford, 137th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, stands beside the La Don Johnson award after receiving the honor at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Feb. 3, 2018. The La Don Johnson award is given by fellow security forces airmen for continued excellence during everyday duties. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Caroline Essex) 137th SOW honors legacy, awards first “top cop”
The 137th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron honored one of their Airmen with the newly-created Defender of the Year Award, Feb. 3, 2018, at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City.
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2018
Aeromedical evacuation squadron members from five Air National Guard units load medical equipment on a KC-135 Stratotanker, from the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, before completing in-flight training scenarios at Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City, March 27, 2018. The Multiple Aircraft Training Opportunity Program (MATOP) was created by the 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City in 2012. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward) Oklahoma Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve partnership ensures ANG-wide aeromedical evacuation training event
WILL ROGERS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Okla. - Two Oklahoma units, one Air National Guard and the other U.S. Air Force Reserve, used their shared legacy of teamwork and cooperation to make an Air National Guard-wide aeromedical evacuation exercise run successfully for the third year in a row.
0 4/05
2018
First female tactical systems operator at 137 SOW drives positive change for female Airmen. First female tactical systems operator at 137th SOW drives positive change for female Airmen
After nearly 15 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, one bachelor of science degree, two associate degrees, eight deployments, 12 years as an aircraft mechanic, more than 280 flight hours, two Air Force Commendation Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals, and many more certifications and awards for outstanding achievement in male-dominated career fields, Master Sgt. Kimberly Lingle carves her own way through life.
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Volunteer Junior Enlisted Council Airmen from Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Okla., pose with gifts ready to be delivered to children at INTEGRIS Baptist Health Center, Oklahoma City, Dec. 15, 2017. Pictured (from left to right) are Master Sgt. Nongh Lee Kastor, Staff Sgt. Jaimie Haase, Staff Sgt. Kyle Drake, Staff Sgt. Jared Tooley, Staff Sgt, Sarah Bell, Tech. Sgt. Ryan DeLarber, Airman 1st Class Brooke Evans and Staff Sgt. David Carrillo. The JEC collected toys in the months leading up to December and distributed them to families who would be at the hospital over the holidays. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Brigette Waltermire/Released) WRANGB spreads cheer during holiday season
The holiday spirit at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base was in full swing this season, highlighted along the drive into the gate by squadron Christmas cards and through community involvement.
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2017
Staff Sgt. Avery Keller (front), second aeromedical evacuation technician, Staff Sgt. Sarah Bell (middle), charge medical technician, and Maj. Jeff Barley (right), medical crew director, all from the 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City, restrain a simulated patient, Senior Airman Andrew Dyer, 137th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron from the same base, as he acts out an escape scenario during patient transportation aboard a C-17 Globemaster III from the 105th Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., en route to Altus Air Force Base, Altus, Okla., Oct. 30, 2017. The flight was part of a wildfire scenario during Vigilant Guard, a North American Command-sponsored, state-wide emergency response exercise held Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kasey M. Phipps) 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron transports ‘wounded’ in Vigilant Guard exercise
Members from the 137th Special Operations Wing, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City, participated in Vigilant Guard, a federally organized state-wide exercise that focuses on the state’s emergency response capabilities, Oct. 30, 2017.
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2017
Crowds begin to gather in the morning light at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. for the 20th anniversary ceremony, Oct. 21, 2017. Nearly 40 Oklahoma Air and Army National Guard women gathered with hundreds of active-duty, retired and reserve servicewomen from all branches of the military to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the memorial to honor the women who came before them and celebrate the opportunities that are still to come. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kasey Phipps) Oklahoma servicewomen remember past, celebrate future of women in U.S. military
In the strengthening sunlight of Oct. 21, 2017, nearly 40 Oklahoma Air and Army National Guard women gathered with hundreds of active-duty, retired and reserve service men and women from all branches of the military to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of a memorial in Washington D.C. — the Women in Military Service for America Memorial — to honor the women who came before them and celebrate the opportunities that are still to come.
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2017
Children ride horses around the arena at Covey Creek Ranch in Oklahoma City during the 6th Annual Oklahoma National Guard Adjutant General’s Horseback Heroes event, Oct. 28, 2017. Horseback Heroes is conducted each fall for the children of Oklahoma National Guard service members, to show support to their families, especially those who are deployed. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Brigette Waltermire/Released) OK National Guard children take a ride at 6th Annual Horseback Heroes
It was a hard day of ropin’ and ridin’ for the 101 children who participated in the sixth annual Horseback Heroes event, Oct. 28, 2017, at Gerry Shepherd’s Covey Creek Cattle Company in south Oklahoma City. However for those who have attended in the past, it was a day full of fun and filled with familiar horses from previous years.
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