Wichita honors local WWI hero Bleckley, Veterans Day centennial

(Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy)

By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

Local residents, representatives and fans of history gathered at the Veteran’s Administration on Oct. 6 to honor a fallen Wichita native, WWI aviator, and Medal of Honor recipient, 2nd Lt. Erwin Bleckley, 100 years after he died in combat. The celebration, coined Bleckley Day, was hosted by the VA and coordinated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 112. Continue reading

Kansas Air National Guard helps fight California fires

Left to right, Master Sgt. John Montgommery, Tech. Sgt. Clint Brown and Staff Sgt. Jennifer Erskin, imagery analysts,184th Incident Awareness and Assessment team, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, view overhead images of areas north of Paradise, California, to observe fire lines and assess damage caused by Camp Fire, one of the largest wildfires in the state’s history. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy)

By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

Kansas Air National Guardsmen assigned to the 184th Intelligence Wing at McConnell Air Force Base are helping fight fires in Northern California; one of the biggest and deadliest wildfires in the state’s history.

“California can normally handle the wildfires that happen out there,” said 1st Lt. Brandon Devader, officer in charge, 184th IAA, “but with this one, they’re overwhelmed because it’s one of the largest they’ve ever seen.”

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Venerdi assumes command of 184th IW

Col. Mike Venerdi, middle, receives the 184th Intelligence Wing’s flag from Brig. Gen. David Weishaar, left, commander, Kansas Air National Guard, as a symbol of his assumption of command during a ceremony at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Sep. 8. Col. Joe Jabara, right, relinquished command moments earlier. Also pictured is Chief Master Sgt. Sid Colliatie, middle, command chief, 184th Intelligence Wing. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Alex Brun)

By Staff Sgt. Briell Zweygardt, 184th Public Affairs

Col. Mike Venerdi assumed command of the 184th Intelligence Wing during a change of command ceremony held at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Sep. 8. Continue reading

Airmen bound together by Silver Flag in Germany

Civil Engineers operate compact tract loaders, or CTLs, with concrete saw attachments to cut squares around damaged parts of a runway while training at a Silver Flag exercise at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 12. Other Civil Engineers guide the CTL operators and scoope away dust and debris during the process. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy)

By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

Airmen from all over the world deployed to a location near Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where the 435th Construction and Training Squadron hosted Exercise Silver Flag, Aug. 6-17. Training instructors, known as Cadre, spent two weeks teaching the deployed students how to set up a bare base by using their career specific skills. Continue reading

Exercise Servant Guardian tests 184th IW’s disaster response

By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

The 184th Intelligence Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, sent quick-reaction forces to assist local emergency responders in Cheney, Kansas, after an early morning 4.0 magnitude earthquake, June 7. Cheney is located about an hour west of Wichita and has a population of 2,165. The Kansas Air National Guard was asked to provide communication support, debris clearing, security, hazardous chemical clean-up, a mobile emergency operations center, and a mobile kitchen for the community. Continue reading