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  • From exile to freedom

    When asked about Hispanic Heritage Month and what heritage meant to him, Cuban-American, Tech. Sgt. Eric Suarez, of the 108th Maintenance Squadron, said, “the food, the pictures—all brings about memories, that’s huge for me.” This is because Suarez’s life of freedom in America, began with the exile of his grandfathers from Cuba not so long ago, said Suarez.
  • More than training

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J.- As a participant in the NATO led Military Reserve Exchange Program, 1st Lt. Chase Chemero of the 140th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, hosted German officer, Capt. Sebastian Strauch, here, from June 3-14. The international exchange program partnered the U.S. and Germany with a unique approach to the mission in mind.
  • Oklahoma City bombing: 24 years later

    Air National Guard colonel pays homage to the victims of the April 19, 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City and relates the effects of this terrorist event to the need for Guardsmen to be ready at a moment's notice.
  • Walking a blazed trail

    As America honor those African Americans who became the first to breakdown major barriers in diversity, Air National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Rose Anna Beljour-Sommer’s story is a reminder to also celebrate those who currently strive to make their own path.“I am the first Beljour to have ever stepped foot on to Lackland Air Force Base,” Beljour-Sommer
  • Recent recruit sets sights on chief

    Similar to Thomas N. Barnes, who became the first African American appointed to Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force in 1973, recent recruit Airman Anthony Lemarc Cole Jr. has set his sights on the rank of chief.“LeBron James always say ‘Strive for Greatness’,” said Cole, a traffic management specialist of the 108th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
  • First generation college grad honored to serve

    “I am proud of all my achievements, both big and small,” said Staff Sgt. Chinyelu Umeokolo, a flight and operational medical technician from the 108th Medical Group. “I recently graduated college, and as a first generation graduate, it really means a lot to me. I want to continue to learn and be the best I can be at my job.”
  • African American Airman motivated to serve

    New Jersey Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Vince Stokes is a Boom Operator from the 141st Air Refueling Squadron. He is the first to be featured from the 108th Wing in February 2019 for African American History Month.
  • 108th members deconstruct stigma of suicide

                As we embrace the new year, Staff Sgt. Christina A. Krajcsovics remembers a fateful call that changed her and her family’s lives forever.            Four years ago on Sept. 29, 2014, Krajcsovics, a command post controller of the 108th Wing, was working a long night shift when she received a somber call from her brother-in-law. It was
  • WWII fighter pilot inducted into NJ Aviation Hall of Fame

    Photo left: Steve Riethof, left, the president of the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey, Janis Keown-Blackburn, center, a trustee of the NJAHOF, and retired Col. Arthur A. Martone, a honoree of the NJAHOF, pose for a photo during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Teterboro, N.J. Nov. 12, 2018. (Courtesy photo)Photo right: Portrait
  • Female N.J. combatives teacher started on the football team

    From playing high school football, to being a certified combatives instructor, Tech. Sgt. Heather Perez hasn’t just been breaking boundaries, she’s been crushing them."When I was in high school, I started out as a cheerleader my freshman year,” Perez said. "At the end of my junior year they were advertising open positions on the football team, so I
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