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  • 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.
  • 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.
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