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  • Combined forces prepare 128 ARW aircrew members for combat, water survival

    "Hudson River, 2009. Who can describe the situation in which a civilian aircraft ditched over water?" asked Master Sgt. Adam Becker, an Aircrew Flight Equipment Survival Instructor from the 128 Air Refueling Wing."Plane took off, two engines failed because they hit a flock of geese. Since they couldn't make it back to the airfield, they put it down
  • Sundara Sharpens Intel Skills

    Staff Sgt. John Sundara of the Intelligence section at the 128th Air Refueling Wing returned in February from a six month deployment assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing as an Intelligence Analyst.Sundara, a traditional guardsman having five years at the unit, was activated and deployed in August of 2011. He was assigned to Special
  • Aircraft recovery capability demonstrated at 128 ARW Military Display

    Four teams of maintenance Airmen from the 128th Air Refueling Wing stand at manifold stations around a demonstration airplane. Pneumatic lifting bags, placed underneath each of the wings, the nose and the tail of the aircraft, begin to inflate. The object of the operation is to inflate the lifting bags, which will raise the Milwaukee Area Technical
  • Armed Forces Week Kicks off with Military Display at the 128th Air Refueling Wing

    United States Air Force aircraft came from units across the country for the Milwaukee Military Display at the 128th Air Refueling Wing on Mother's Day weekend. A C-130 Hercules from the Kentucky Air National Guard was displayed along with an RC-135U from Offutt Air Force Base, a C-17 Globemaster III from the New York Air National Guard, a KC-10
  • Milwaukee Armed Forces Week Preview

    The Milwaukee Armed Services Committee scheduled a week of events for the public to engage with military components and their members. The scheduled events are to honor the people who served in the Armed Forces of the United States at home and abroad. Members of the Armed Services, as well as Milwaukee area citizens will come together during
  • Opening Day Honors

    Airman 1st Class Jared Hildebrand of the 128th Air Refueling Wing's Honor Guard, made his Honor Guard debut in front of 46,000 baseball fans at the Brewers Opening Day at Miller Park Stadium.During the pre-game introductions, the players of the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers were announced.  Hildebrand, alongside his fellow Honor Guard
  • What we know, and what we're doing about it

    Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force publicly released its recommendation for substantive changes in its force structure and personnel to Congress. The recommendations are driven by budget constraints and changes in our national security strategy. If approved by Congress, these changes will impact the Wisconsin Air National Guard. It is not clear if
  • Milwaukee Public Affairs' Sergeants Awarded by National Guard Bureau

    Public Affairs usually shines the light of recognition on the men and women beyond its office, but last month, the National Guard Bureau recognized, among other winners of the 2011 Media Contest, two Airmen from the 128th Air Refueling Wing.Tech. Sgt. Tom Sobczyk and Tech. Sgt. James Michaels were awarded by the NGB for their accomplishments in
  • Chaplain Retires After 26 Years of Service

    Air Force Chaplain Christopher Myers has found a new venue for his dedication and expertise as he traded digital camouflage for black cloth and a white collar. After 26 years of military service--five of which were served with the 128th Air Refueling Wing--Chaplain Myers, a lieutenant colonel in the 128 ARW, retired effective December 31, 2011. The
  • Looking Back: "It'll Never Get Off the Ground"

    Wisconsin Air Guardsmen have an $850,000 plane that will never fly, and they're happy about it!The wingless, tailless, motorless aircraft is a 'flight simulator.' It is a nine-ton training device which duplicates--to the smallest detail--the cockpits of the KC-97 tankers flown throughout the world by members of the 128th Air Refueling Group,