116th Air Support Operations Squadron joins in RED FLAG-Alaska
Tactical Air Control Party airmen from the Washington Air National Guard's 116th Air Support Operations Squadron trained in the field at Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Greely, Alaska alongside their active duty counterparts from Eielson as well as Osan Air Force Base, Korea during Red Flag Alaska, June 8-23. Personnel from other countries also participated. "Red Flag Alaska incorporated a truly integrated joint multinational Air-Ground team,” said Lt. Col. Raed Gyekis, commander of the 116th ASOS. “We successfully leveraged Guard and Active USAF A10s, an Army Stryker Cavalry Squadron, live mortars, Army Apache gunships, Grey Eagle Army UAVs, Army Artillery and Air Force JSTARS staff, as well as foreign partner aircraft from Korea and JTACs from Belgium, Korea and Great Britain---all under the control of the 116th ASOS TACP team.” U.S. Air National Guard Photos/Tech. Sgt. Paul Rider

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“To have the opportunity to shape and mold and mentor every new Airman coming into the Wing—that is as powerful as it gets, so there is a lot of pride in that." - Senior Master Sgt. John Austin, 194th Force Support Squadron, Washington Air National Guard. Read more here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/282389/student-flight-leader-impacts-hundreds-new-airmen
"You've all done amazing things over the past few years. We've supported federal taskings like never before, both internally deploying our LRS members as well as supporting our Wing brothers and sisters while they deploy." - Lt. Col. Chris Panush, former commander, 194th Logistics Readiness Squadron
194th Mission Support Group
Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard’s 194th Force Support Squadron are taking steps to develop their identity and culture as a squadron: brainstorming unit mottos, discussing values, and learning from each other to better serve their fellow Airmen. “Authenticity, trust, and diversity,” said Lt. Col. Lisa G. Weaver, 194th FSS commander. “These are the values of the Airman of the FSS.” Read more here:
Three Silver Star recipients from the 194th Wing have bricks in the Heritage Walk at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Every new Airman walks across these bricks when they graduate from BMT. The Silver Star is awarded for "gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States." Col. Gent Welsh, 194th Wing commander, took these photos when he visited Lackland last week.
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If you served in the 111th Air Support Operations Squadron at any time, be sure to RSVP for the 30th anniversary celebration coming up on Saturday, August 11.
Congratulations to our new 194th Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Jennie Bellerose! Thanks to Command Chief Brian Waggoner, retired, for your years of service!
194th Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Brian Waggoner retired during a ceremony at Camp Murray on June 2, handing over the Wing Command Chief title to Chief Master Sgt. Jennie Bellerose, who previously served at Washington Air National Guard State Headquarters. With 29 years of service, Waggoner began his Air Force service in aircraft maintenance before joining the 215th Installation Engineering Squadron at Paine Field, Washington. He rose to become the highest ranking enlisted member in the Washington Air National Guard’s 194th Wing. “You’ve been my friend, mentor, and a key player in this Wing for many years,” said Col. Gent Welsh, commander of the 194th Wing. Welsh summarized the character of his Wing Chief by saying, “He was humble, he was indispensable, and he was ready.” In his remarks at the ceremony, Waggoner said, “The Command Chief stripes belong to Airmen all around this Wing....It has been my life’s great honor to have served you as Chief.” (Air National Guard photos/Tech. Sgt. Paul Rider)
While 194th Wing Commander Col. Gent Welsh was at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas for business today, he decided to surprise a new Airman 1st Class from the 194th Wing by attending his BMT graduation. Here's what Col. Welsh writes: "Meet the 'newest' Airman in the 194th Wing. A1C Jordan Starks graduated from BMT today. I was lucky enough to be able to attend his graduation and meet with his family. Jordan's a second generation WA ANG member. His father served in the 143 CBCS and the 262 IWAS. Best of luck, Jordan...I was honored to spend some time with you this morning." - Col. Gent Welsh, commander, 194th Wing
The 194th Wing, which currently falls under the Air Force Space Command, will realign under the Air Combat Command in the coming months.