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  • How does she do it?

    Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Airman. Capt. Erin Swingholm, 153rd Airlift Wing executive officer, does a bit of it all. If balancing home life with the commitments of being an airman wasn’t enough, Swingholm is also training to run in the 2018 Boston Marathon. “I’m truly honored to run in the Boston Marathon,” Swingholm said.
  • From reluctant solider to Air Force colonel: Meet Col. Michelle Mulberry

    Imagine being 17 years old. You somehow find yourself in the North Dakota Army National Guard and the idea of promoting as a junior enlisted soldier doesn’t seem remotely possible. Little did you know, in 28 years, you would not only be a group commander in the Wyoming Air National Guard, but you would also become a colonel.
  • 84th Civil Support Team participates in joint exercise

    On Feb. 14, members of the Wyoming National Guard’s 84th Civil Support Team participated in an exercise with the Cheyenne Police Department bomb squad and the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office joint explosive ordinance disposal unit, at the Sherard Water Treatment Plant. During the exercise, the teams were given two scenarios that called for the entities to work together to fulfill the mission of homeland readiness.
  • Wyoming first sergeant leverages first responder skills

    Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Turner is a firefighter with Cheyenne Fire Rescue. During the week, he responds to fire calls and provides emergency medical assistance to the city’s residents. On drill weekend, he responds to the needs of the airmen and families of the 153rd Airlift Wing as a first sergeant.
  • Wing kicks off mentorship program

    Pick up a magazine, read about successful leaders, and you will see one commonality among the head of the most effective organizations. Each of these top leaders herald the importance of diversity, inclusion, mentorship and the process of developing successful employees. Senior Master Sgt. Sarah Brewster, 153rd Airlift Wing human resource advisor, collaborated with three rank-based councils – Company Grade Officers Council, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Council and the Rising 6 Council – to offer a brown bag lunch topic of diversity, inclusion, and mentorship, during the Wyoming Air National Guard’s June regularly scheduled drill.
  • Camp Guernsey and Wyo. Air Guard firefighters train together

    It hasn’t been done before May 24th’s live fire training in Casper, Wyoming, but plans are already in the works for the Camp Guernsey Fire Department and the Wyoming Air Guard’s Fire Department to train together again.
  • Wyo. Air Guard aircraft maintainers practice recovering fighter aircraft

    An A-7 Corsair II aircraft streaks across the cloudy landscape. The pilot transmits a distress call to the tower to relay that his aircraft is heavily damaged. He manages a hard landing but his aircraft has lost all system power and veered off the taxiway into heavy mud. A scenario similar to this is what activates the 153rd Maintenance Group Crash Damage or Disabled Aircraft Recovery team.
  • Recruiters turn to innovation to seek out new enlistees

    When you think of recruiters, a few images come to mind. Top on the list is an image of a staff sergeant or technical sergeant visiting a school during lunch or an assembly and presenting a slideshow of fun looking jobs. You may also recall recruiters handing out tri-folds during fairs or parades.
  • Your fight is our fight

    Sexual assault prevention and response; we hear it every April. Sometimes this annual training seems redundant, yet sexual assaults still happens within the United States military. Sexual assault isn’t unique to the military, it’s a problem in the civilian world as well. Because of this, the ladies of Pink Gloves Boxing Cheyenne joined military units throughout Wyoming as well as the Cheyenne community in taking a stand against sexual assault by rucking in the recent Sexual Assault Prevention and Response 5K run, ruck and walk event held in downtown Cheyenne.
  • Airman gives insight into balancing civilian and Guard job

    I pulled up to the parking lot of the Torrington police station which is about eighty miles northeast of Cheyenne near the Nebraska border. It is an understated brown building which shares its location with city hall. Over the glass doors in block letters reads “police station.” Officer Rebekah Miller is waiting for me in front of the doors to the station. She is wearing a hat with the Torrington police patch above the brim, which slightly shades her eyes. Her black uniform adorns her patrolman shield, Torrington police patch, radio and utility belt which carries her weapon and handcuffs. It is a stark contrast to the Airman battle uniform she wears on the weekend when she is working as a command post specialist. We exchange greetings and enter the building as she starts an informal tour of her department.