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  • Reserve Citizen Airmen, Marines complete Tropic Koa ACE

    More than 270 Reserve Citizen Airmen and active-duty members return from the 442d Fighter Wing led exercise Tropic Koa ACE, a three-week joint readiness training held Feb. 11 - March 2 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. During the three-week exercise, A-10 pilots logged 152 sorties and more than 350 flying hours, resulting in the successful accomplishment of numerous learning objectives and strengthening of crisis-response capabilities in the Pacific region.
  • Pilots Swap Korea for Missouri

    The 442d Fighter Wing recently hosted their counterparts from the other side of the world.
  • Team Whiteman conducts TFI Mass Casualty Exercise

    The Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Medical Group joined with the active duty 509th and Air Force Reserve 442nd medical groups as a Total Force integrated team to practice working together in crisis situations. "This exercise was a way for us to examine our true TFI capabilities," said Lt. Col. Patti Fries, 131st MDG commander. "As a
  • Keeping the Hawgs flying

    Just because Air Force Reservists are traditionally part-time doesn't mean their jets are. Aircraft maintenance is a full-time requirement. 442nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electro-environmental technicianscontinued to work to ensure their A-10 Thunderbolt II's were ready to fly.
  • It's ORI Time! Your guide to an 'outstanding' ORI

    For more than two years the will of the entire 442nd Fighter Wing has been bent toward a sole purpose - earning a grade of "outstanding" on its operational readiness inspection scheduled for Oct. 23 to 29. Since Col. Mark Clemons took command of the wing Aug. 2, 2008, he has led the wing through the process of getting ready for what is the most
  • Commentary: What you can do for an 'outstanding' ORI

    Posted on Bagram Air Base's life support door is a sign that reads "It's all about the 19 year old with a rifle - everything else is just support." The sign reminds pilots and weapon system officers stepping to their aircraft of the reason they are about to launch into mountainous terrain, throw their jet and body at the ground and deliver weapons
  • 442nd Fighter Wing conducts final exercise before October's inspection

    Air Force Reservists in the 442nd Fighter Wing conducted their final "dress rehearsal" operational readiness exercise here Sep. 16-20 to prepare for an Air Combat Command operational readiness inspection in October.During the exercise, 442nd Citizen Airmen simulated deploying to a forward operating base and many of the events and hardships they may
  • 442nd FW chaplain looks to higher power for help with inspection

    Imagine going through October's operational readiness inspection with your own personal assistant. The goal for the 442nd Fighter Wing's operational readiness inspection, Oct. 23 to 29, is to fly 98 successful sorties. The 442nd FW Chaplain's Office is looking for people from across the wing to team up as prayer partners for a little help from
  • With ORI around corner, 442nd FW aims for a 'clean sweep'

    When hearing the words "sweep" and "par" the visual of Tiger Woods putting with a broom might come to mind, but for those working in the 442nd Civil Engineer Squadron during the August Unit Training Assembly, there is a completely different meaning. "Post Attack Reconnaissance teams or PAR teams are responsible for surveying an area for possible
  • Calm amongst storm: Bunkers provide protection, respite from simulated combat

    The 442nd Fighter Wing's operational readiness exercise at Whiteman Air Force Base May 14 and 15, tested the limitations of the unit's A-10 "Warthog" maintainers, who found serenity within the confines of flight line shelters. Master Sergeant John Walton, 442nd Maintenance Squadron, manned one shelter from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in efforts to provide not
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