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  • End of an era

    Not many Air National Guard units can say they were able to fly brand new aircraft home from the factory. But for the past 22 years the 139th Airlift Wing could do just that; brag about getting to watch their aircraft being built on the assembly line. On October 9th the wing held an Aircraft Departure Ceremony. The ceremony, in front of nearly 300
  • Around the World

    National and Air National Guard - one weekend a month - two weeks in the summer. Right? Images spring to mind of local support, national disasters, community and even active reserves. While this image still holds true today - there is so much more. Our world has changed and with it, the Air National Guard. The 139th Airlift Wing does more than
  • 241st Vietnam Vet to Retire

    One of the few remaining Vietnam veterans retired in June from the 241st Air Traffic Control Squadron and the 139th Airlift Wing. Chief Master Sergeant Denny Albano turns 60 this summer, a mandatory retirement age that he'd rather ignore. "If they weren't forcing me out, I'd rather stick around," said Albano. "This has been a career like no other.
  • 139th volunteers Bosst Habitat Project

    Twenty volunteer members of the 139th Airlift Wing, their friends and spouses grabbed the Douglas fir dimension lumber, a handful of nails, and framing hammers and completed the first stage of a Habitat for Humanity house in St. Joseph on July 18. The normally quiet Saturday morning in the neighborhood echoed with staccato slaps of the hammers and
  • Camp Guardian a Special time for campers and volunteers

    To the uninitiated, it was a slightly bizarre sight to witness at a summer camp. "Way to go! You shot the target in half!" exclaimed a camp volunteer, helping a special needs "camper" experience the thrill of riddling a target at the makeshift paintball range. Smiles, high fives and hugs commenced. And then it was time for the next camper to show
  • Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

    The Department of Defense's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program was created to provide National Guard and Reserve members from all components and their families with information services, referral and proactive outreach opportunities throughout all phases of deployment . This program will be manda-tory for National Guard members when they are
  • Med Group receives ‘Excellent’ rating

    The 139th Medical Group received a rating of "Excellent" during a Health Services Inspection from an Air Force inspection team, during its visit July 31 through Aug. 2. The compliance inspection tested the unit in its records-keeping areas. Although the results were favorable, 139th Medical Group commander Col. Wayne Echterling said that all of
  • Tarkio holds ‘Fly-in’ air show

    The sixth annual Wing Nuts Flying Circus Fly-in at Gould Peterson Memorial Airport, Tarkio, Mo., took place July 11. This was a perfect opportunity for members of the 139th Airlift Wing to practice their skills not far from home. "We don't deploy with this equipment," said Staff Sgt. Ryan Vogt, 241st Air Traffic Control Squadron, referring to the
  • Afghan Rotation Ends

    Even though this was his fifth deployment, for Capt. Chris Walters this welcome home was especially difficult. Eyes red-rimmed and watery, he choked while hugging his wife Nikki and sons Trace, age nine, and 6-year old William. "I just missed you guys so much," said Walters, holding back tears. "It's OK," said Nikki as the boys clung to their Dad's
  • Cotter earns promotion to Brigadier General

         Standing with his family at his side and in front of hundreds of airmen who have worked alongside him for more than three decades, Stephen Cotter was formally promoted to Brigadier General July 11 in a ceremony at Rosecrans. Cotter, the former 139th Airlift Wing commander recently elevated to Chief of Staff for the Missouri Air National Guard,