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MILWAUKEE - Students with the aviation technician program at Milwaukee Area Technical College trained with Airmen and assets assigned to the propulsion shop at the 128th Air Refueling Wing in order to complete course work needed for their airframe and power plant license Feb. 9-27 here.MATC works with the 128th Air Refueling Wing to send their students to the base to receive hands-on training with the CFM-56 turbofan aircraft engine where they will encounter engine changes, working with line replaceable units, fan blade inspections and practicing engine starts in the aircraft simulator.
Five Airmen, representing the Wisconsin Air National Guard's three bases, have been recognized as Wisconsin's Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2015.The five Airmen, who will compete against their peers across the country for the chance to be named the 2015 Air National Guard Outstanding Airman of the Year, include: Senior Airman Michael Derhammer of the 128th Air Control Squadron, Airman of the Year; Staff Sgt. Christopher Johnson of the 115th Fighter Wing, Noncommissioned Officer of the Year; Senior Master Sgt. Craig Mortvedt of the 115th Fighter Wing, Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year; Master Sgt. Michael Krausz of the 128th Air Refueling Wing, First Sergeant of the Year; and Senior Master Sgt. Gerald Depotsie of the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Honor Guard Member.
KINLOSS BARRACKS, Scotland — The smell of pine needles and the North Sea was heavy in the air. Sea birds swooped in circles above while the sun shined down on the grassy field. Metal shovels crunching through wet dirt and the hum of idled machinery echoed throughout the opening. Wiping sweaty brows and sighing with exhaustion, Wisconsin Air National Guard Airmen with the 128th Air Refueling Wing’s Civil Engineering Squadron carried on with their work — part of Exercise Flying Rose June 2015 at Kinloss Barracks in Morayshire, Scotland, United Kingdom.Exercise Flying Rose is an exchange exercise between the U.S. Air National Guard and British Army, said Lt. Col. Heath Duncan, 128th Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineering Squadron commander for the exercise. During Exercise Flying Rose, forces deploy to one another's countries and work to complete construction-related jobs.
MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Air National Guard helped a national recruiting promotion reach new heights during the annual Summerfest music festival.Members of the Milwaukee-based 128th Air Refueling Wing, the Madison, Wisconsin-based 115th Fighter Wing and Joint Force Headquarters, and Volk Field Air National Guard Base joined associates from the Marketing Werks Company marketing team to staff the Air National Guard Mobile Experience display June 25-28 at Henry Maier Festival Park. Their help was doubtless needed, as 1,376 registered visitors attended the display — shattering the previous record of 1,093 registered visitors.
MILWAUKEE — On their weekend off, Airmen with the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 128th Air Refueling Wing, the 115th Fighter Wing and Volk Field brought their spouses to downtown Milwaukee at an off-site retreat to conduct important training. Their mission: spend quality time with each other, enjoy the city, and laugh their way to a better marriage."Our greatest resource that the Air Force has is our members," said Lt. Col. Matthew Friese, the head chaplain with the 128th Air Refueling Wing. "You can have the best equipment in the world, but if you don't have the best trained and prepared Airmen, the best equipment doesn't matter."Airmen with the 128th Air Refueling Wing Religious Support Team facilitated a Strong Bonds event to build individual and family resiliency through relationship education at the DoubleTree Hotel in Milwaukee Jan. 23-25.