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  • 108th Medical Group officer observes Hispanic Heritage Month

    During Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the Department of Defense highlights several service members and focuses on the contributions and accomplishments of those with Hispanic and Latin-American heritage who have committed to their service to the defense of the nation and community. As of Oct. 31, 2020, according to the Air Force Personnel Center, only 15.6% of the Air Force identifies as Hispanic or Latino. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Daisy Ortiz, a health service administrator assigned to the 108th Medical Group, counts herself amongst that number. Ortiz is a first generation Colombian American who grew up in New Jersey. Her father came to the United States at the age of 17 and married her mother, who was still in Colombia, shortly after. After a long process of immigration and legal paperwork, Ortiz’s mother was allowed to live in the U.S. and both of her parents eventually became U.S. citizens.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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