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  • 132d Airmen travel to Fort McCoy for MEOC training

    The clanking of metal rings through the air as gears turn the slide-outs of the 132d Wing’s Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) into position. Master Sgt. Brad Kuennen, a Radio Frequency Transmissions Systems technician, and Tech. Sgt. Joseph Stickel, a Cyber Transportation technician, work

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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