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  • Mother and Daughter dedicated to serving for over 51 years

    “I am very proud of my mom’s service and the heritage that I am come from,” said Master Sgt. Namir Laureano, an admin with the 108th Wing Staff. “I grew up watching her love and passion for her family, community, and soldiers. I have vivid memories helping her take off her boots after coming back from drill weekends, long annual field trainings and missions after 9/11.” On June 14, 1979, Norma G. Miranda, Laureano’s mother, enlisted in the Puerto Rico Army National Guard as a private first class working as an admin specialist. She attended basic training in October 1979 on Fort Dix, New Jersey.
  • Give it your best: Wescott retires

    While preflight checks are more commonly known, Master Sgt. Steven Wescott, a lead crew chief of the 108th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, here, for over 37 years, says that their responsibilities include “afterflight” inspection, refueling, defueling, maintenance, and flying missions. Now retired, he describes his motivation to remain in the hands-on career field, as passion—passion for the work he did and the people he worked alongside.
  • Deployment bond sparks lasting friendship

    EDITOR'S NOTE: No one knows what new friendships will be formed while on a deployment. They are often special bonds since they are formed during unique circumstances that last for years. In this case it’s between a woman and an animal.
  • Readiness allows National Guardsman unique opportunity

    It was Rogers’ readiness that allowed him to take advantage of this unique opportunity to work in Antarctica.
  • 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.”