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.
The 264th Combat Communications Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, took 26 personnel to the Combat Communications Rodeo March 4 to 14 and their performance brought home the title of 2019 champions. The 5th Combat Communications Group hosted the CCR at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Personnel who took part in this event were from multiple specialties that included client systems, cyber transport, cyber operations, cyber security, radio frequency transmissions, power productions and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Other units — including the active duty and Reserve components — came from across the country to participate.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Henry, a fuels apprentice with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, refuels a C-130H Hercules at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Ill., March 27, 2019. Fuels specialists are responsible for refueling aircraft in addition to maintaining and operating petroleum, missile, alternative and cryogenic facilities and equipment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

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