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  • North Carolina Air Guardsman Recognized for Life-saving Action

    A North Carolina Air National Guardsman was recognized recently for his recent heroic effort to help a car accident victim. Master Sgt. Robert C. Ritchie of the 118 Air Support Operations Squadron received the Red Cross' Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action April 14. The award recognized Ritchie's efforts to help a woman who
  • Charlotte-Based Air Guardsman Hand-Picked to Provide Security for Michelle Obama

         When First Lady Michelle Obama's aircraft touches down at Charlotte Douglas International Airport today, a hand-selected North Carolina Air National Guard Security Forces Airman will be on board helping provide security for her visit.     Master Sgt. Michael Caldwell of the 145th Security Forces Squadron, part of the 145th Airlift Wing based
  • Comptroller Flight Performance Shines Bright

    Three 145 Comptroller Flight Airmen were nationally recognized recently among the best in their career fields. Lt. Colonel Gregory Goforth, Flight Commander, 1st Lt. Jeanie Helms and Senior Master Sgt. Latonya McPhail received recognition as the Financial Management Comptroller, Company Grade Officer and Superintendent of the year for 2011,
  • Airmen enhance relationships, airfield ops in Cambodia

      The ability to deploy anywhere in the world within 12 hours to build an air base and sustain airfield operations is a capability few countries have the capacity to accomplish.Airmen deployed here in support of Pacific Angel Cambodia 11-1 are exchanging ideas and sharing best practices on this capability, and are strengthening partnerships through
  • 145th Airmen Use Ingenuity for Surprising Time Saver

    Two years ago the 145th Maintenance Group Hydraulics shop spent a lot of time and sweat rebuilding aircraft brakes. It took at least two men nearly half the day to get the brake into the shop and complete the repairs. The job was tough and tedious. Then their creative juices began to flow. As ideas were shared a system came together. "We have a
  • Colonel Daughtry & His Staff are Set Ablaze

     At the recent reception for the pinning of Maj. Gen. Robert Stonestreet, I heard in passing, "They're going to catch Col. Daughtry, his XO and First Shirt on fire." As a DOD trained Public Affairs professional this sounded like news to me. I hurried to find the source of these statements, to determine their truth and possibly alert the
  • Ponder Relinquishes Command, Heads Back to Washington

    Lt. Col. Russell Ponder has done a lot for this base in a very short period. When he arrived to take command of the 145th Civil Engineering Squadron in February of 2009 he knew about the concentrated demands. On loan from active duty Air Force in a program that provides executive AF types an opportunity to get their feet wet in command situations,
  • 156th Airlift Squadron Change of Command

    As 145th Operations Group Commander Col. Roger Williams presented the Meritorious Service Medal to Col. Thomas Brown here November 6, for his part in multiple deployments of varying challenges when the 156th Airlift Squadron relied upon his leadership and direction, he gently smiled as if recalling nostalgic days of early manhood. Then Brown
  • New Group Commander Cites Inspection in Look Forward

    Even after Wing leadership hinted that he was assuming a huge responsibility, with an important test right in front of him, a Charlotte Airman says he is excited that he has reached the pinnacle of his career. Col. Hugh Daughtry assumed command of the 145th Mission Support Group in a change of command ceremony December 5. During the ceremony,
  • School Commandant visits Charlotte

    Much of Charlotte Air National Guard's enlisted force got some valuable pointers from a distinguished enlisted leader who visited the 145th Airlift Wing in November. Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center Commandant, Chief Master Sgt. Deborah F. Davidson stopped in to wish "Bon Voyage" to Chief Master Sgt. Mike Annas.
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