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Retired Army Maj. John Hintz, tattoos a customer at Warrior Tattoo Studio in Waukee, Iowa on June 22, 2017. Hintz named Warrior Tattoo Studio in honor of the soldiers he served with. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Katelyn Sprott) Waukee veteran, tattoo artist raising awareness for PTSD
The bright red ‘veteran owned business’ sticker, a prominent feature on the door. Sun light filters in through the design “Warrior Tattoo Studio” on the windows. A red, white and blue heart, with a lone star draws the attention to a wall of past accomplishments, filled with pictures of war and framed awards. The soft buzz of a tattoo gun mixes with
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2017
Staff Sgt. John Costello, 132d Wing transient alert, signals to an F-16 on the ramp May 24, 2017 at the 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Transient alert volunteers recived refresher training to remain mission qualified. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Robert P. Shepherd) Transient alert volunteers train, gain cohesion with Sioux Falls Air Guard
    One of the many mottos of the Air National Guard has been, “do more with less”.  From May 22-26, 2017, members of the 132d Wing transient alert (T/A) volunteers demonstrated resourcefulness during a joint training mission with the 114th Fighter Wing of Sioux Falls, S.D.     The training mission evolved out of a conversation between transient
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2017
Chief Master Sgt. James Holwegner with his wife Deb and their three children. 132nd Wing chief exemplifies service before self in role as dad
For military families, some days are harder than others. Being away from home days or months at a time and then having a busy schedule at home can result in a complex lifestyle. Between being full-time military and a full-time husband and dad, Chief Master Sgt. James Holwegner,
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2017
Default Air Force Logo May is GCR Month, Col. Chidley discusses why literacy is so important
Growing up with a mother who was an English teacher meant Mark Chidley and his siblings were almost forced to read. However, by the time his junior and senior years of high school rolled around he realized reading wasn’t so bad. One author he connected with right away was Kurt Vonnegut, famous for his novel Slaughterhouse- five, he also found a passion for World War II non-fiction.
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2017
The North High JROTC performs their rifle drill portion of the JROTC competition at North High School, Des Moines, Iowa on April 1, 2017. The North High JROTC received many different awards for their outstanding performances during the day, including the rifle drill. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Katelyn Sprott) JROTC Cadets compete to improve at North High School
A sharp cry pierces the silent gym as the first of four Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps teams file into the gym at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Each team marches in formation to their designated spot on the floor, led only by the sharp orders of their commanding cadet.           Even though they are all from different backgrounds or
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2017
Maste Sgt. Matthew P. Flowers receives the 132d Wing Honor Guard Member of the Year Award from Col. Shawn Ford, commander 132d Wing on November 5, 2016 at the Des Moines Airbase. The award presentation was part of the 132d Wing's annual awards ceremoney. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Kelly) 132nd Wing honor guardsman of the year motivated by people he serves
The hangar quiets as hundreds of military members stand at attention. Still, quiet and unmoving, they stare straight ahead. Down the aisle marches four Airmen, clad in blue, silent and seamlessly in-step as they bear rifles and colors. They advance to the stage, place the flags into position and salute with flawless precision. The Star Spangled
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2017
Staff Sgt. Kortney M. Mazera receives the 132d Wing Airman of the Year Award from Col. Shawn Ford, commander 132d Wing on November 5, 2016 at the Des Moines Airbase. The award presentation was part of the 132d Wing's annual awards ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Kelly) 132nd Wing awards dedicated FSRT team leader with Airmen of the Year
  As she recalls the countless training exercises for Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT), Staff Sgt. Kortney M. Mezera, FSRT team lead, removes her blouse and boots and climbs into the chemical gear.Mezera, a native of McGregor, Iowa, has been training for FSRT about once or twice a year since she started looking for change four years ago and
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2017
Capt. Renee Rausch receives the 132d Wing Officer of the Year Award from Col. Shawn Ford, commander 132d Wing on November 5, 2016 at the Des Moines Airbase. The award presentation was part of the 132d Wing's annual awards ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Kelly) 132nd Wing’s Officer of the Year motivated by faith, family and Airmen
A pile of scattered papers on the desk of the director of personnel for the Force Support Squadron here, is all an outsider sees into Capt. Renee G. Rausch’s busy work day.Rausch, a native of Humeston, Iowa, joined the Air Force more than 20 years ago to obtain structure and discipline in her life. Now a mother of three, Rausch works tirelessly on
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2017
132nd Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group members stay hydrated in the heat June 6, 2016, at Moffitt Resevoir Park in Cumming, Iowa.The ISRG held an amazing race event to kickstart Annual Training Week. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Kelly/Released) 132nd ISRG holds Amazing Race event to prep for Annual Training
Sunshine, blue skies and a strong, stiff breeze enveloped the landscape of Moffitt Reservoir Park in Cumming, Iowa.Gathered at the park was a large group of people dressed in athletic clothing, enthusiastic and ready for whatever the day had in store.With dozens of teams formed and chomping at the bit to begin, the master of ceremonies raised a
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2016
Photo of member of the National Guard Marathon Team that participated in the Panama City Beach Marathon. 132d Wing members Staff Sgt. Curt Brass and Senior Airman Tag Noel helped earned some medals for the award winning team. Iowa Air Guardsman find success in running
Staff Sgt. Curt Brass and Senior Airman Tag Noel were members of a National Guard marathon team consisting of both Air and Army National Guard, which had major success at the Panama City Beach Marathon that took place Saturday December 5th 2015They became a part of the team after qualifying at the Lincoln National Guard Marathon. Senior Airman Noel
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