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Adjutant General visits 145th Maintenance Group Training Assembly

Major General William E. Ingram, Jr., expresses his pride in the work done by aircraft maintainers to keep our planes always ready to respond to national emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina and several severe California wildfires.  Photo by Master Sgt. Keith Dennis, 145th AW Public Affairs

Major General William E. Ingram, Jr., expresses his pride in the work done by aircraft maintainers to keep our planes always ready to respond to national emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina and several severe California wildfires. Photo by Master Sgt. Keith Dennis, 145th AW Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. Iwan Clontz addresses the aircraft maintainers. In his closing remarks, he restated his commitment to our present aircraft platform, the C-130H.  In addition, he offered his congratulations to all that the 145th Maintenance Group has achieved during these last busy years.. Photo by Master Sgt. Keith Dennis, 145th AW Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. Iwan Clontz addresses the aircraft maintainers. In his closing remarks, he restated his commitment to our present aircraft platform, the C-130H. In addition, he offered his congratulations to all that the 145th Maintenance Group has achieved during these last busy years.. Photo by Master Sgt. Keith Dennis, 145th AW Public Affairs

Major General William E. Ingram, Jr., expresses his pride in the work done by aircraft maintainers to keep our planes always ready to respond to national emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina and several severe California wildfires.  Photo by Master Sgt Keith Dennis, 145th AW Public Affairs

Major General William E. Ingram, Jr., expresses his pride in the work done by aircraft maintainers to keep our planes always ready to respond to national emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina and several severe California wildfires. Photo by Master Sgt Keith Dennis, 145th AW Public Affairs

Master Sgt Chuck Davis, NCOIC of the Communications/Navigation section, was one of several Airmen awarded the Air Force meritorious service medal for his leadership and many years of dedication.  Honoring him are Col. David Zartman, Brig. Gen. Iwan Clontz, and Lt. Col. Lance Press. Photo by Master Sgt. Keith Dennis, 145th AW Public Affairs

Master Sgt Chuck Davis, NCOIC of the Communications/Navigation section, was one of several Airmen awarded the Air Force meritorious service medal for his leadership and many years of dedication. Honoring him are Col. David Zartman, Brig. Gen. Iwan Clontz, and Lt. Col. Lance Press. Photo by Master Sgt. Keith Dennis, 145th AW Public Affairs

Charlotte, N.C. -- The 145th Maintenance Group kicked off its three-day training assembly November 6 at the Charlotte Police and Fire Training Academy with a "Group Year End Review and Recognition Ceremony."

With their training modules, troops took part in a variety of activities throughout the long UTA weekend to participate in a Chief's Panel discussion and briefings on Family Readiness, NC Guard Association membership, human relations, Family Care Plan, Government Travel Card use, electronic MPF records and retirements.

During the ceremony the Group played host to several guest speakers. Major General William E. Ingram, Jr., North Carolina National Guard' s Adjutant General was on hand to present TAG coins to six recipients for their outstanding achievements and contributions. Accompanying MG Ingram was State Command Sergeant Major Steve Boyles.
General Ingram praised the unit's high level of quality maintenance. He stated that he could always tell when he was on a NC aircraft by its outstanding condition. He also stressed the importance of having this type of quality maintenance in order to accomplish the mission.

In recognition of MG Ingram's support, he was presented with a plaque from the 145th MXG that proudly displays one of the units' tail numbers engraved onto a silhouette of a C130 aircraft tail.

Along with the General Ingram's coin presentations, approximately forty unit members were recognized with AF Achievement and Meritorious Service Medals for their outstanding performance during the 145th Airlift Wing's recent Operational Readiness Inspection.
Brigadier General Iwan B. Clontz, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, NCANG, provided the closing remarks for the ceremony. The weekend served to re-energize the unit after a demanding year that included several deployments, two Operational Readiness Exercises and an Operational Readiness Inspection during a high Operations Tempo.