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  • Faces of the Defender: Fuels

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Henry, a fuels apprentice with the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, describes the fuels career field during an interview 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.
  • Faces of the Defender: Avionics

    All flight systems are normal in the skies miles above the Earth, when suddenly all that’s in front of the aircrew are black screens and dead gauges. Complete, catastrophic instrument failure. The aircrew of a C-130H Hercules is now cruising at 25,000 feet with no navigation, no instruments, no communication — blind to what is around them. The stomach-twisting predicament has everyone on land and air holding their breath. Without communications and navigation systems, the trip quickly becomes an in-flight emergency.
  • Faces of the Defender: Crew Chiefs

    Taking a risk and straying from a career comfort zone isn’t easy for some. The Air National Guard allows Airmen to be a part of new and unique career opportunities, and that’s just what this Airman did. Air Force Airman 1st Class Heidy M. Murcia-Alvares, a crew chief assigned to the 182nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here, took a leap of faith when starting her Air Force career.
  • Faces of the Defender: Aerospace Ground Equipment

    U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Austin Stotler, an aerospace ground equipment specialist with the 182nd Maintenance Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, describes his job in an interview recorded March 1, 2019 in Peoria, Ill. 2A6X2s like Stotler maintain aerospace ground equipment, including electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic maintenance systems, to support aircraft maintenance operations.
  • Faces of the Defender: RF Transmission Systems

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Pagan, a radio frequency transmission systems specialist with the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, describes his job in an interview recorded Feb. 13, 2018 in Peoria, Ill. 3D1X3s like Pagan deploy, sustain, troubleshoot and repair the vast variety of communications systems that ensure success base operations. (Music: "Dubstep" from Bensound.com via Creative Commons License 3.0.)
  • 182nd Airlift Wing announces 2019 Airmen of the Year

    Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do: The Air Force core values provide a guide for all Airmen to follow, and these values are represented best by those honored as the annual Outstanding Airmen of the Year for the 182nd Airlift Wing.
  • Time to get dirty: Wisconsin runway offers training to pilots in the air and airmen on the ground

    At the southern edge of Fort McCoy, Wisconsin exists a runway with no lighting, no markings and no pavement. It’s not the ideal airfield pilots are looking for when making a landing, but sometimes it might be the only option if you’re delivering cargo or personnel at a deployed location. To prepare for that possibility, an Illinois Air National
  • Air, Army National Guard might on full display during airdrop exercise

    In early American history, the Minutemen were civilian colonists who organized together into militia companies and earned their name by being ready at a minute's notice. The Minuteman is the symbol of the National Guard, and that history, work ethic and dedication to being ready when called upon is what it means to be a member of the National Guard. This ethos was ingrained in all levels of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise coined “Minuteman JFE” between the 182nd Airlift Wing out of Peoria, Illinois, and 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment out of Terrell, Texas, where the capabilities of both forces were on full display, said Maj. Brandon Retherford, a standardization and evaluation pilot with the 182nd Operations Group.
  • Gearing up for a successful military, personal career

    Changing roles from employee to military member to student is a lot to keep straight. Rushing from class to class, then off to work and adding in military service can be overwhelming, but rewarding for the type of person who likes to get the most out of life. This is how Air Force Staff Sgt. Samantha Palacios, an aerospace propulsion specialist at the 182nd Maintenance Squadron, explains her path to finishing a degree in mechanical engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville while serving in the Air National Guard all at the same time.
  • Illinois Services Airmen take on the path of the hurricane

    Imagine watching the evening news with your family and you witness everything being ripped away in the blink of an eye from the citizens you took an oath to serve. What would you do? Would you have the courage to put everything on hold? Would you set aside a sister’s sixth birthday party, a little brother’s basketball games, or a degree you’ve been working so hard for, all to do something selfless for an island of strangers you’ve have never met?