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  • Maintenance key to veteran aircraft 60 years’ service

    It was a case of art imitating life during the 1950s when the American automobile industry, fascinated with the smooth lines and curves found in aviation, mimicked them with each new design. Cars were faster than ever before and items borrowed from aviation like wrap around windows, wings, turbines and even afterburner tail lights were added to
  • United States Air Force Academy Cadets Visit Iowa Air National Guard Bases

    U.S. Air Force Academy cadets from Colorado Springs, Colo. visited the Iowa National Guard's 185th Air Refueling Wing (ARW), located in Sioux City, the 133rd Test Squadron in Fort Dodge, and the 132nd Wing, located in Des Moines, as Iowa's 1,800 Citizen-Airmen conducted training during November's drill weekend.A total of 40 cadets were invited by
  • 185th Airmen train Kosovo partners in new equipment

    Airmen from the Iowa National Guard provided training in the use of new lightweight shoring equipment to members of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) Civil Protection Unit."The equipment can be used to shore up a leaning wall or a ceiling that is about to collapse," said Master Sergeant Ryan Baker, a member of the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Air
  • Air National Guard Director Rice makes historic visit to Iowa National Guard

    For the first time in the unit's history a sitting director of the Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. Scott Rice, visited the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa over the November 2016 training weekend.The purpose of the visit is part of Rice's initiative to interact directly with Airman who live and work in the Western Iowa enclave."I'm trying
  • Red ribbons and recovery

    As part of a renewed emphasis on substance abuse education and prevention in the Iowa National Guard, the 185th Air Refueling Wing care team, held a special event this week as a precursor to Red Ribbon week.Red Ribbon Week, is part of the National Family Partnership that was created in 1985 in response to the murder of drug enforcement agent
  • Boss Lift gives employers 30,000 foot view of National Guard mission

    Over 40 civilian employers and distinguished visitors from around the states of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota boarded flights departing the Sioux City, Iowa airport for an important military mission on Thursday.The passengers were actually guests participating in an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, "Boss Lift" flight.During the flight,
  • World War II veteran pilot returns to celebrate unit's 70th year

    During the September, 2016 training weekend, retired Air National Guard Wing Commander, Col. Warren "Bud" Nelson returned to his old unit in order to help commemorate the 185th Air Refueling Wing's 70th year as a member of the Iowa National Guard.Now in his 90's, Nelson, who still resides in Sioux City, Iowa was one of the original pilots of the
  • Purple Heart Plaques presented at Waffles for Warriors event

    Two Purple Heart recipients from two different wars were quietly honored this week at a Waffles for Warriors breakfast held at Support Siouxland Soldiers in Sioux City, Iowa. Josiah Swanson and Roger Allen were both presented with a plaque embossed with the Purple Heart in appreciation for their sacrifice in commemoration of Purple Heart
  • U.S. Senator Joni Ernst gives high praise to Iowa Guard

    United States Senator from Iowa Joni Ernst, visited Airman at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa this week. The visit comes on the heels of a major readiness inspection held at the Iowa Air Guard base in Sioux City which culminated on Monday.While holding up a copy of the Sioux City Journal showing a front page story about the success
  • Protecting and serving, 185th Airman recognized for his kindness by family in need

    A member of the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Air Refueling Wing is being recognized by a local news outlet for an act of kindness. According to Siouxland News, Master Sgt. Brad Rose, a Deputy Sheriff for Woodbury County, went the extra mile to help someone in need.Rose was tasked with collecting unpaid bills from a family that was suffering due