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  • Nebraska celebrates Lincoln Air Force Base return

    LINCOLN AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. – Airmen of the 155th Air Refueling Wing and 55th Wing joined senior leaders and elected officials at the Nebraska Air National Guard base for a proclamation signing ceremony April 16, 2021, to symbolically reopen Lincoln Air Force Base. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring March 1, 2021, to March 1, 2023, “Air Force Heritage Recognition Years” in Nebraska. During that time the 55th Wing, an active component command, will operate out of Lincoln while its permanent home at nearby Offutt Air Force Base undergoes an extensive runway reconstruction project.
  • Celebrating Women Serving in the Nebraska National Guard

    LINCOLN, Neb. — From 1942-1946, U.S. lawmakers allowed women opportunities to serve in the military but intended for them to serve only during World War II and set a limit of 2 percent of total personnel within each service, Army, Army Air Corps, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as excluding combat positions. The Women’s Armed Services Integration Act became law in 1948, granting women the right to permanently serve in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and the newly formed Air Force. The many limitations once placed on women in U.S. military service no longer exist as policy and might seem like ancient history to women now serving in the Nebraska Air National Guard. The job opportunities now available to Airmen — a term that refers to both men and women in our ranks — are determined by standardized qualifications and aptitude as measured by the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a test given to potential recruits before they enlist. “My dad was an Air Force pilot,” said Col. Katy Millwood, 155th Operations Group Commander. “In my head, I just always thought about the military being an option. I could see myself doing that, I didn’t know how I was going to get there.” Millwood had no idea about the Guard, but heard about it from a friend and decided to check it out.
  • NEANG Chaplain Corps find new ways to connect with Airmen

    As the 155th Air Refueling Wing headquarters underwent major renovations, the wing’s chaplains and chaplain assistants quickly realized that the office arrangements would limit their effectiveness with only a small table in their temporary set-up, at the headquarters, to serve as the chaplain office.
  • Nebraska National Guard Airmen help research IED neutralizing technique

    A Federal Bureau of Investigations publication recently recognized two Airmen from the 155th Explosive Ordnance Disposal shop, along with bomb squads from Nebraska and Iowa, for their work with a research project at an FBI Critical Incidence Response Group event in 2018.
  • Dual Air Guard couple celebrates wedding anniversary while serving community

    When Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts activated members of the Nebraska National Guard Reaction Force, May 31, 2020, to assist civil authorities in ensuring the safety of all Nebraskans, Tech. Sgt. Kenny Morrison, an NGRF team leader from the 155th Security Forces Squadron, and his wife, Senior Airman Grace Morrison, who also serves as a military police officer with the 155th SFS, both answered the call —just days before their second wedding anniversary.
  • COVID response: DOD, Academia partner to conduct aircraft airflow testing in Nebraska

    In an effort to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and to continue executing rapid global mobility operations, the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command sent multiple airframes to participate in particle and airflow testing at Nebraska Air National Guard air base, Nebraska, April 4-11, 2020.
  • Nebraska Airmen continue overseas contingency operations

    Airmen from the 155th Air Refueling Wing deployed to support overseas contingency operations March 25, 2020, from the Nebraska Air National Guard air base in Lincoln. The deployment, scheduled 16 months ago, is part of a normal rotation where 50 Airmen traveled to U. S. Central Command, which is in charge of U.S. military operations in the Middle East.
  • Nebraska fire fighters douse emergency landing fire

    An American airborne early warning and control aircraft from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, made an emergency landing at the Lincoln Airport July 11, 2019, Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • 173rd ARS Aircrew Members Improve Readiness with ATSO Training

    “This is an opportunity to practice using and wearing the Aircrew Chemical Defense Ensemble,” said Maj. Tyler Sanberg, 173rd Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilot. “It allowed us to see how we would proceed to the aircraft, pre-flight the plane and potentially launch the aircraft all while wearing the chemical gear.”
  • As Panic Sets In: Nebraska Airman saved following heart attack

    “Holy crap, I killed our friend.” Guilt set in Capt. John Kupka’s thoughts when he and four other Airman turned over Tech. Sgt. Michael Alvarez, who was lying face down and unresponsive on a basketball court.