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  • Honoring history, rewriting expectations

    The month of March marks the celebration of Women’s History and the recognition of International Women’s Day. Women’s History Week began in March 1981 initially as a week-long celebration. Six years later, in 1987, Congress passed a proclamation designating the entirety of March as Women’s History Month.
  • Airman Insight: Chief Master Sgt. Regina Stoltzfus

    State Command Chief Master Sgt. Regina Stoltzfus, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, has served 34 years in the military. She began her career in the Active Duty Air Force and then transitioned to the PAANG in 1986 under the Palace Chase program. She became the first female assigned as the 193rd Special Operations Wing command chief master sergeant. She has since continued on to become the first woman to serve as a state command chief.
  • Airman Insight: Lt. Col Jaime Ramirez

    Lt. Col. Jaime Ramirez, commander of the 193rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, has served in the military for over 25 years. He spent 12 years on active duty, eight as a drill-status guardsman and the past five on active guard reserve. The Texas native sat down recently for an interview to share some insight.
  • Airman Insight: Maj. Matthew Mullinix

    Maj. Matthew Mullinix, a physicians’ assistant with the 193rd Special Operations Medical Group, was the right person in the right country at the right time while serving with the 201st RED HORSE in Lithuania last fall. During his down-time at a morale, welfare and recreation event, Mullinix encountered an emergency, medical situation on a Lithuanian beach and sprang into action.
  • Airman earns National Driver All-Stars award

    Tech. Sgt. Seth Maurer, a structures specialist with the 201st RED HORSE, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pennsylvania, earned the National Private Truck Council’s National Driver All-Stars award in September 2018. Maurer was one of 18 private-fleet truck drivers who demonstrated high performance standards against other drivers throughout the country. This NPTC award takes into account a driver’s customer service, safety, adherence to company standards, regulatory compliance and community service, according to information from the NPTC.
  • ANG Band of the Northeast performs annual holiday concert

    The Airmen of the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast put the crowd in the holiday mood Dec. 16, 2018, as they performed their annual holiday concert at the Auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg.
  • Airman Insight: Master Sgt. Kerrie Moore

    Master Sgt. Kerrie Moore, an airspace manager with the 193rd Combat Operations Squadron here, recently earned the title of Outstanding Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the Pennsylvania National Guard. She was also recently named USO Air Force Servicemember of the Year for the Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey region. She recently sat down for an interview and explained what motivates her to keep crushing it professionally.
  • Nicole Yingling: Airman, doctor, business owner

    Being the best at many things isn’t just difficult – it can be like pulling teeth. Just ask Lt. Col. Nicole Yingling a 193rd Special Operations Medical Group dentist, a board-certified civilian root canal therapy specialist, and business owner and operator of two private practices. But Yingling’s successes weren’t handed to her – the journey to the top included more than nine years of intense graduate and undergraduate schooling, admissions exams, certifications, officer training school, adjusting to life abroad, and everything that comes with the rigors of opening and running two of your own businesses.
  • 193rd Airman burns barriers, makes history in Lancaster’s Bureau of Fire

    The siren starts going off. A 911 dispatcher echoes through the loud speaker giving a location and a brief description of why the department is being dispatched. The call came from a local factory on the outermost part of the city. I stand out of the way, watching as the firefighters rush to get their 70 pounds of gear on and get on the road – they have less than 60 seconds. The truck sirens echo throughout the station as they pull out onto the road, and the blinding white and red lights come on signaling to others that an emergency responder vehicle is coming through. In order to follow closely behind, I hop into the fire chief’s vehicle as he turns his lights and siren on. We are headed to the scene of a fire.
  • Security forces complete defensive tactics training

    A group of security forces Airmen gather around a beat-up Dodge Stratus. It’s no longer in running condition but serves its purpose as a training aid for the unit. The Airmen are watching a struggle between three of their counterparts that is taking place in the driver-seat of the vehicle. They cheer on the Airmen as the struggle wages on. One Airman, who is playing the role of a subject, is clinging onto the steering wheel while two others are working to extract him from the vehicle. The conflict is like a game of inches, neither side wanting to give up precious ground. The struggle continues for more than five minutes, both sides working to establish a more dominant position. There is a moment when it seems as though the training should be stopped, End of Exercise or ENDEX, as if ending the moment in a draw. However, like the real-world scenarios that the Airmen are training for, there will be no ENDEX, the training continues until a solution is achieved. The lead instructor, sounds off and encourages the Airmen to continue to problem solve and try to find a solution. The struggle continues. After the lengthy stalemate, the two Airmen back out of the vehicle and switch positions. One works to break the subject’s grasp on the steering wheel then grabs his legs, while the other locks on with a head and arm clinch hold. This time they execute with more precision, pulling the subject free from the vehicle and subduing him on the ground after a brief struggle. It may have taken longer than the other interactions, but the Airmen worked through adversity, made adjustments, re-engaged and accomplished the task at hand. This was just one of the many tasks the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron Airmen completed during a three-day course on defensive tactics held by Progressive F.O.R.C.E Concepts July 11-13 in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
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