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Master Sgt. Dana Pyles, 193rd Mission Support Group first sergeant, listens to Master Sgt. Jose Santiago, 193rd Special Operations Maintenance Group first sergeant, Lt Col Eric McKissick SOMXG deputy group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Robert Smith, Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron superintendent talk about the importance of the leadership triad and how they handle issues as a triad, during a 2-day additional duty first sergeant seminar May 1-2, 2018, Middletown, Pennsylvania. The seminar was hosted by 193rd SOW first sergeant council and most briefings were taught by Air Force First Sergeant Academy instructors. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released) Commonwealth NCOs gain knowledge to serve Airmen
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2018
Staff Sgt. David Nichols (right), 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, and Sgt. Jeff Kopp (left), D.C. Metropolitan Police K-9 Corps, reunite on a D.C. street Jan. 20, 2017, while supporting security missions during the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Formerly serving as Marines, the two men deployed together in 2010 on several combat missions in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Susan Penning/Released)    Combat brothers reunite at inauguration with new roles, common mission
I've heard that Marines share a special bond, rivaling that of any other branch of the service. Last week, I witnessed the depth of it first-hand. It was the seventh anniversary of their 2010 mission in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. David Nichols, now a Pennsylvania Air National Guardsman with the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, and
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2017
Chief Master Sgt. Roger Burke, 193rd Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron Supply Superintendent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released) Chief Burke: 'Focus on being the best you can be each day'
Q:  Could you describe your job at the 193rd Special Operations Wing?A: I am the 193rd Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron Supply Superintendent.  We provide supplies and parts, from paper and personnel mobility gear to highly technical electronics for the Commando Solo mission. I always tell people, I have the best job in the Air
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2014
Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Kerstetter, 193rd Special Operations Comptroller Flight financial management superintendent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released) Chief shares passion for guiding women to the top
(The following interview with Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Kerstetter is the third in a series that explores the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities associated with attaining the rank of chief master sergeant. The first article appeared in the February 2013 edition of Scope.) Q:  Could you describe your job at the 193rd Special Operations
0 11/17
2013
Aidyn Gingrich, son of Tech. Sgt. Ryon Gingrich, 193rd Special Operations Maintenance Group, was presented a coin by the 193rd MSG Commander, Lt. Col. Kevin Derickson. Aidyn was presented the coin for his selfless act of kindness in requesting in lieu of birthday gifts, he receive donations to the Hershey Food Bank and items to send to deploying service members. (Photos by Tech. Sgt. Crystal Mentzer) Son's birthday wish honored
My daughter recently turned 9 years old. For months prior to her birthday, she explained to her mother and I what she wanted. Her requests ranged from a bunny to the weaver loom, to a cell phone, to an iPod cover. That's just a few of the items she wanted.Tech. Sgt. Ryon Gingrich, 193rd Special Operations Maintenance Group, experienced something
0 11/16
2013
Official photo of Chief Master Sgt. Sue Thario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Hawkins/Released) Leading by example: The road to chief master sergeant
(The following interview with Chief Master Sgt. Sue Thario is the second in a series that explores the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities associated with attaining the rank of chief master sergeant. The first article appeared in the February 2013 edition of Scope.) Q: How would you describe your job at the wing?A: I've been a
0 6/11
2013
After about eight miles, Tech. Sgt. Culeen Shaffer, 193rd Special Operations Wing photojournalist, takes a break during the Second Annual Pennsylvania March for the Fallen, April 28, 2013. Sergeant Shaffer was one of 497 people registered to march 28 miles at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA., in honor of Pennsylvania Guardsmen who have fallen in combat since 9/11. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Neil Gussman/Released) The 28 miles that changed my perspective
When I first saw an ad for the Second Annual Pennsylvania National Guard March for the Fallen, I thought, "I've run two marathons; I can enter the personal challenge division and walk 28 miles." A few weeks later, however, I was talking to a fellow Airman about the event and he encouraged me to enter the military heavy division instead, which
0 6/11
2013
Default Air Force Logo 'We fear no evil'
When will our enemies realize that acts of terror do not break our will? In fact, evil acts perpetrated against us as a nation have historically strengthened our resolve. As the video of the attack on the Boston Marathon spectators is replayed on the news, I hope terrorists are disappointed by the lack of panic, and perplexed by the acts of
0 5/19
2013
U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Airmen carry the remains of Tech. Sgt. Phillip A. Myers during his funeral April 27 at Arlington National Cemetery. Sergeant Myers, from Hopewell, Va., was killed April 4 in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device. His family was the first to allow media coverage of the dignified transfer of remains at Dover Air Force Base, Del., since Defense Secretary Robert Gates lifted the 1991 ban April 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Stan Parker) Do you know proper military funeral etiquette?
A military funeral is a solemn and memorable way to commemorate the lives of those who have served their country. The purpose of a military funeral is to be a formal and respectful event, which includes proper military etiquette on the part of the mourners. During a military funeral, members of the Armed Forces are expected to wear their service
0 4/21
2013
Default Air Force Logo 'Showing up' half the battle
The American spirit is alive and well. You need look no further than a previously unknown Spc. Zachary Boyd, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, who reminded us not only that our latest generation of combat veteran carries the grit and perseverance to succeed on the battlefield, but that service before self can come at the most inopportune times. His actions
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2009
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