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  • Oklahoma Airmen spin-up for emergency response during tornado season

    Allergies, rain, renewal ... for Oklahomans, native or transplanted, spring often brings memories of not just the usual April showers and May flowers, but also blaring sirens, violent storms and hail wrapped tornadoes.This spring is no different. As thermometers steadily rise, so too does the likelihood of tornadoes and with it, the chances that
  • One team, one fight: A female pilot's role in the 137ARW mission change

    A little boy stares attentively as he stands next to his father and watches aircraft landing on the flight line. The crew from the just-landed aircraft strides toward the pair, loosening their equipment and removing their helmets. One of the helmets reveals a tangle of wavy blond hair pulled back into a ponytail."Dad, that girl flew a plane!"Today,
  • OKANG Airmen aid active duty base with antenna installation, repair

    Airmen from the 205th Engineering Installation Squadron here performed preventative maintenance on a communication antenna and also setup a new antenna for active-duty squadrons, March 5-6, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.The new and repaired antennas allow the squadrons to communicate across the installation and with the control
  • 137 ARW hosts nationwide ANG safety course

    The 137th Air Refueling Wing safety office hosted an Air National Guard-funded safety orientation course here, Feb. 22-25, 2016.The course's instruction focused on training personnel to embody and promote the Air Force's total force safety initiatives while protecting Airmen and their environments from hazards in order to accomplish the Air Force's
  • African American History Month Series, Part 4 of 4: Chief Master Sgt. Luc M. Shoals advocates for minorities in AF

    Not all 'firsts' happen on a national level. Locally, the 137th Air Refueling Wing has extraordinary Airmen doing their jobs every day and breaking down barriers in the process.Retired Chief Master Sgt. Luc "Marshall" Shoals is one of those Airmen who carried out each of her positions admirably and just so happened to accomplish a first for the
  • African American History Month Series, Part 3 of 4: Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Potts shares wisdom, experiences with next generation Airmen

    Moving up in any career, whether as a civilian or an Airman, takes perseverance and forward-thinking. However, to be an African American in Oklahoma in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it takes a little bit more, plus great mentors along the way.Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Potts, Chief of the 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Will Rogers Air
  • African American History Month Series, Part 2 of 4: Brig. Gen. Daniel James III sets course through ANG

    Soon to follow in the prodigious footsteps of the Tuskegee Airmen, a little boy with a big name was born in Tuskegee, Ala., Sept. 7, 1945.The boy, now retired Lt. Gen. Daniel James III, is the son of a Tuskegee Airman and the Air Force's first African-American four-star general, Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. Despite the big shoes to fill, Daniel
  • African American History Month Series, Part 1 of 4: Maj. Charles B. Hall brings Tuskegee Airmen legacy closer to home

    UNIT: 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd Fighter GroupPERSONNEL: More than 16,000 men and women, more than 1,000 of those pilotsWWII MISSIONS: 1,491 flying combat missionsDOWNED ENEMY AIRCRAFT: 112AWARDS: 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 6 Distinguished Unit CitationsActivated in 1941 as the first African-American flying unit in combat and based in
  • 137 ARW celebrates African American History Month with four-part series

    National African American History Month, or Black History Month, is an annual celebration of the achievements of black Americans and recognizes the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.But did you know the month-long observance started as a single week?Historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans established "Negro
  • New safety manager urges presence of mind for the holidays

    As sparkling holiday decorations go up in fireplace-heated homes and fluttering businesses, so too do injuries and accidents.Insurance companies like Allstate report an increase of insurance claims each year during the holidays due to personal injury or damage to property, and the "new guy" in the 137th Air Refueling Wing Safety Office wants to