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  • Operational Readiness Inspection on the Horizon

    If you are not aware of it our next ORI is on the horizon and scheduled for July 29 - Aug 4, 2010. To put it in more urgent terms, counting this drill the 180th FW has 36 drill days left before the ORI. With this timeline in mind, February drill is our "Kick off to the ORI" and several key steps have been taken to help the Wing establish the right
  • The Afterburners: Comments from the 180th Retired Community

    It has been several years since our retirees group has had an article in the Stinger. We are still around and prospering. The purpose of the 180th Afterburners group is to encourage and maintain the friendships and fellowship of the retired members of the 180th FW and their military associates. Membership is open to all 180th FW retirees, their
  • Cops Play Santa: Santa for Swanton Serves Local Needs

    On December 17th, local residents were able to provide their children a 'merrier' Christmas thanks to toys donated by 180th members at the 2nd annual Santa for Swanton event. Outside the McQuades Law Offices in Swanton, home of the Christian Food Pantry, Security Forces Squadron members gave away toys to about eighty families, along with bags of
  • Wiseman Joins the Recruiting Team

    Master Sgt. Robin L. Wiseman was recently selected for a production recruiter position at the 180th Fighter Wing. Wiseman has been with the unit since 2006 and had previously been serving as legal office superintendent in the Figher Wing section. Wiseman's career began in 1994 when she joined the Illinois Air National Guard and entered the
  • 180th Members Win State Honors

    The State of Ohio Command Chief Christopher Muncy recently announced the Airman of Year winners for Ohio with 180th members earning honors at the Airman, Noncommissioned Officer and also Human Resources Advisor of Year categories. Recently promoted Staff Sgt. Paul Dangelo was named "Airman of the Year", Tech. Sgt. Janeen Przysiecki captured "NCO of
  • Leading the Next Generation

    Is it me or are the Airmen in this organization getting younger every year? Perhaps I am just showing my age, but there are some differences between today's young Airmen and the way it was when I was coming up as part of the 180th TFG. Supervisors have expressed their frustrations: they ask way too many questions, they let their pants sag and they
  • Change of Command

    A celebration of both continuity and change was held in the Mission Support Flight, Saturday, December 6. The MSF said goodbye to retiring Commander, Lt. Col. MaryThom Williams, and welcomed incoming Commander, Lt. Col. Christy Rowzee, as a part of the official Change of Command Ceremony during the December Unit Training Assembly. All MSF personnel
  • BMT Longer for Airmen: Eight-week Course Mirrors AEF Cycle

    Basic military training just got longer, and the man in charge says the next crop of recruits will be the toughest and most combat-ready the Air Force has ever produced. BMT is two weeks longer than the previous six-week course. The bulk of that extra training time will focus on expeditionary skills - handling, firing and caring for an M16,
  • Adventure Race a Rewarding Challange

    For Tech. Sgt. Tim McCormick, 180th Fighter Wing Security Forces Specialist, hiking the trails at Pickney State Park in Pickney, Michigan is a familiar outing. He and Lt. Col. Todd Audet, 200th Red Horse, had hiked the approximately 15 miles frequently throughout the years with relative ease. However, on October 11, 2008, the hike was more of a
  • Historic Changes in Today's Military

    As I sat down to start thinking about a topic for my article this month, the first thought that struck me was the number of historic changes that are in our immediate future for the National Guard and our Country. Some of these changes we, as ANG members, have had or will have direct input into the process. Twenty-five years ago I learned a
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