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  • Voices of the VaANG: Senior Airman Shenandoah Long

    "When they came down and wrote up my score [9:11], they said, ‘you beat the record, you’re the fastest!’ I was just over the moon excited and really proud of myself."
  • Voices of the VaANG: Staff Sgt. Michael Ngo

    “I think Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a great opportunity to provide a cultural experience to people from different backgrounds. Something I love about the military is you have people from all walks of life who come together for one cause."
  • Voices of the VaANG: Maj. Nikkia Ray

    "My father was in the Army and we moved around all the time. As military children, it’s like we have our own special fraternity or special club. You become a group with an understanding, a shared experience and a shared bond. When someone asks ‘where are you from?’ military kids have to go into a detailed story. But I think that’s one of the best things about being a military kid; having that automatic connection to someone no matter where you go. Immediate connections and conversation, now you have a friend!"
  • Voices of the VaANG: Chief Master Sgt. Jennilee Kipper

    “When I first joined, I was the only woman in my technical training class. And then, when I got to my first base, there was only one other woman in my flight for a long time. That was just the norm! Chief wasn’t really a goal of mine and I think part of it was because I never really saw a lot of women in leadership positions. There are still times when I’m the only woman in the room."
  • Through trauma, 192nd Wing Airman works to end bullying, boost confidence in children

    When she received the news, Adams was balancing a civilian job and a busy military career. She was commuting from southeast Virginia to her reserve unit at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware for drills and then served a tour at the Pentagon. But in the midst of it all, she somehow found a way to cope while also giving back to the community she grew up in. Adams founded “Fast Forward Shoe Drive;” an annual back-to-school charity event where children receive new or gently used shoes ahead of their big day in a new classroom.
  • Staff Sgt. Alyssa Yaeckel

    Not many people get to say they have been deployed to the capital of the United States. Being here has brought us closer together and I feel like I’ve come out of my shell; I’ve really got to know my fellow defenders while here. It’s a very unique experience!
  • VaANG medic serves both: Commonwealth & community

    On a sunny, December afternoon, Thomas Massa walked from under the overhang at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia. He’d finally been able to get a break in between patients during a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. shift where he works as a medical technician in the hospital’s emergency department. It was two days before Christmas, but Massa already knew he’d be working two more 12-hour shifts through the holiday and weekend ahead.
  • Happy New Year and Farewell

    My association with the 192nd Wing has been amazing! From military spouse, to AFRPM contractor to Title 5 (Whoo-Hoo!), the 192nd Wing has been a major part of my life for about 37 years! I have met some incredible people in this wing and have shared some amazing experiences with you over these years! The treasure trove of good memories are without measure.
  • Master Sgt. Tamara Swift

    “Being a good steward in the community is part of who we are. I definitely feel like community service is one of the most important things I do because I know I’m not the only person in this world who’s ever needed to reach out. For probably the last six or seven years, I’ve coordinated the volunteer events for our squadron — if I wasn’t coordinating it, I was definitely participating in it. I kind of just took the role on naturally, on my own. My first marriage wasn’t quite so good, but I was able to get out of that to get on with my life, and the Virginia Air National Guard was part of that life change. I think that’s probably why it feels a little bit more personal."
  • Airman 1st Class Lamaas Bey

    “I guess for me it was about working with something I had never worked with before. Then, I thought about if I were to leave the military, would I be able to get a good paying job outside? Those were the two factors that really steered me towards working on the F-22. Learning something new and what I could do with it outside of the military."
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