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  • Peoria Airman and Family Readiness Center provides school supplies to military families

    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.
  • C-130 aircrew performs combat airdrops at Northern Strike 19

    The rear door of a C-130H Hercules opens in mid-flight, exposing the lush landscape of northern Michigan just a few hundred feet below. Tethered inside the aircraft, Tech. Sgt. Trent Barron, a C-130H flight engineer assigned to the 169th Airlift Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, is preparing for a piece of military cargo weighing more than 1,000 lbs. to slide from the back of the plane, and — after being caught by a quickly deployed parachute — descend gently to Earth. “I’m going through my head mentally, going through the checklist to make sure we’ve accomplished all the items for the air drop, that we are ready for something big to exit the aircraft,” Barron says.
  • 264th Combat Communications Squadron named 2019 rodeo champions

    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.
  • 182nd fire chief retires, names new department leader

    U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Clifford Otto, a fire protection chief with the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, transfers his position to Master Sgt. Joel Armendarez at Otto's retirement ceremony in Peoria, Ill., March 1, 2019. Otto is responsible for managing emergency services for Peoria’s Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and international airport facilities.
  • Air Mobility Command commander visits 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard

    The commander of U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command visited the Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois, Feb. 22. Gen. Maryanne Miller became the command’s top official in September 2018, where she coordinates total force Airmen and assets in accomplishing the Air Force’s airlift, air refueling, air mobility and aeromedical evacuation missions.
  • 169th Airlift Squadron conducts change of command

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Strauss, center, a C-130H3 Hercules mobility pilot with the 169th Airlift Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, receives command of the unit from 182nd Operations Group commander Col. Rusty Ballard during a change of command ceremony at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Ill., Jan. 13, 2019. Lt. Col. Richard Wainman,
  • Exercise enhances trust, cooperation between U.S., Indian air forces

    Airmen from the U.S. and Indian air forces marked the successful completion of 12 days of bilateral training and increased mutual cooperation during the Cope India 19 (CI19) closing ceremony here Dec. 14.
  • ANG director meets with Illinois Airmen

    Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, the director of the Air National Guard, was joined by his wife, Nancy Rice, during a trip to meet the Airmen of the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois, Oct. 14. Rice recognized top performers from several squadrons during the visit by coining them during an all-call, listened to Airmen’s concerns and took the opportunity to meet with Illinois Air National Guardsmen in order to get a pulse on mission accomplishment needs.
  • We Are Airmen: 2018 Recruiting Video Contest

    Calling all storytellers! Air Force officials are offering Airmen the chance to create their own recruiting video through the We Are Airmen 2018 Recruiting Video Contest. Now is your chance to showcase your creativity and pride to be an Airman in the United States Air Force! If you were a civilian thinking about joining the military, what kind of commercial would make you want to become an Airman?
  • Celebrated wing commander promoted, named Illinois ANG chief of staff

    The commander of Peoria’s 182nd Airlift Wing has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general and will now serve as chief of staff for the Illinois Air National Guard. Brig. Gen. William “Robbie” Robertson led more than 2,800 Airmen as the wing commander during his unprecedented 13-year command. During this time, the unit earned five Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and achieved the highest C-130 Hercules mission capable rates in Air Mobility Command and the Air National Guard nine out of the last 10 years.
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