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  • 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.
  • 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?
  • How to survive winter weather

    Midwest weather can be notorious for giving pleasant temperatures one day and an arctic blast the next. However, there are precautions Airmen can take in order to ensure their safety during the frigid winter months.
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