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  • Iowa’s Counterdrug Task Force is Excelling in a Time of Financial Adversity

    The Iowa Counterdrug Task Force has provided invaluable support to civilian authorities since 1994. It started as a small aviation task force that would do flyovers to find marijuana fields. Since then, Counterdrug has evolved into a powerhouse of training and educational resources for military, law enforcement, and other civilian agencies involved
  • 101 Critical Days of Summer

    Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summertime as well as the start of the 101 Critical Days of Summer. The varied types and high number of mishaps involving Airmen and families created the need to focus on safety during the Critical Days of Summer. Past statistics show that most of these mishaps occur because millions of
  • General Walter: Earning Her Stripes...And a Star

    Brigadier Geneneral Jennifer Walter, Chief of Staff, Iowa Air National Guard, enlisted in the Air National Guard in early 1975. At that time, The Vietnam War was ending, the Women's Liberation movement was in full swing, the cost of gas was 44 cents a gallon and women had fewer career choices. Walter has seen her share of changes over the last 37
  • "I will revolutionize the way people look at Chaplains"

    As Airmen, we all raised our right hand and swore to 'support and defend The Constitution of the United States'. This is no exception for members of the Air Force Chaplain Corps. As a matter of fact, they focus on one very important part of the Constitution, our First Amendment Right to 'Free Exercise of Religion'. Chaplain (1st Lt.) Tony Davy is
  • “No man is an island,” one Airman' s journey from Africa

    Today, Technical Sergeant Patrick Kazeze proudly serves as an Air National Guard Technician and as a member of the 132nd Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard. As an Air Guardsman, he is part of a diverse team of 106,000 Americans on call in 50 states and 3 territories. Kazeze is no stranger to diversity. He grew up in the African countries of Malawi and
  • Active Shooter Incident Response Preparation

    According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) an active shooter is "an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms."Active shooters may have detailed plans of attack, lists of targets and might be prepared for a sustained confrontation with law
  • First female Brigadier General in the history of the Iowa Air National Guard

    Indianola, Iowa resident Col. Jennifer L. Walter made history Sunday, Oct. 14, as she became the first Iowa Air National Guard female brigadier general during a promotion ceremony at the 132nd Fighter Wing, Des Moines, Iowa. She will assume duties as the Chief of Staff, Iowa Air National Guard. Since January 2011, Walter has served as the 132nd
  • Think Fire Safety, "Have 2 Ways Out!"

     Fires can strike anywhere - in buildings, automobiles, and the recent wild land fires outdoors - but fires that affect our homes are often the most tragic and the most preventable. Over 75% percent of all fire fatalities occur in home fires.This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, "Have 2 Ways Out!" focuses on the importance of fire escape planning
  • F-16s Head South

    Over a period of 10 days in February 2012, the A-10 Thunderbolt II tails based at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan switched places with the F-16 Fighting Falcon tails based at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Such movement of a wing's personnel, equipment, and aircraft to another airfield is called a close-air support reset. "This movement postures
  • Tuskegee Airman Paved the Way for Future Pilots

    Dr. James Bowman graduated from North High school in Des Moines in 1940. In an interview conducted in August of 2011 by the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum he told the story of his time in service as a United States Army Air Corps Tuskegee Airman. As a young man Bowman had only traveled as far as Minnesota. Little did he know he was about to have