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  • The First 115 Days

    In what’s become the most chaotic year in recent American history, the 182nd Airlift Wing took a formidable step towards normality July 2020, paved by months of balancing the so-called “new normal” with military operations. This is the story of four herculean months that won’t soon be forgotten.
  • 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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