Community and military service members in Peoria, Ill., gave a helping hand at the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing for the nationwide Back-to-School Brigade hosted by “Operation Homefront” Aug. 4. The Back-to-School Brigade campaign gives children of military families the opportunity to start the school year with all the supplies they need to be successful.
A C-130H Hercules crew assigned to the 182d Airlift Wing, Peoria Air National Guard Base, Illinois, flies over Rogers City, Michigan, July 25, 2019, on an integrated air drop training mission during exercise Northern Strike 19.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jason Grabiec, a photojournalist journeyman with the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, describes the duties of the public affairs career field in an interview recorded in Peoria, Ill., April 7, 2019. Public affairs specialists are responsible for facilitating command information, community relations and media engagement for the Air Force.
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Daniel Wallace, a mobility combat systems officer with Illinois Air National Guard, describes the job of a combat systems officer in an interview recorded in Peoria, Ill., April 23, 2019. Air Force combat systems officers serve as mission commanders for aircraft electronic warfare, weapons systems and navigation.
My feet hit the ground and within a large team of people I start my run. I’m grateful for the sun and forgiving weather, but even on a dreary day I would still be here running. Maybe it was the sun shining light in support and for a bright change, and if it was raining I would’ve seen it as the rain releasing all of the sorrow and suffering that is being held.

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