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The filling station headquarters of the 110th Observation Squadron on Manchester Road, Saint Louis, circa 1923. (131st Bomb Wing file photo/RELEASED) 131st Bomb Wing celebrates 95 years of continuous service
From Jennies to jets to bombers, the Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing has a rich history that dates back to the early days of aviation. The 131st is the 8th oldest Air National Guard wing in the nation, founded by Missouri born aviators Maj. William Robertson and his brothers Lieutenants Frank and Dan Robertson. Federally recognized in Saint Louis on June 23, 1923, the wing is currently celebrating its 95th year of service to the citizens of Missouri and the nation.
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Retired 131st Bomb Wing Senior Master Sgt. Bob Weber credits his wife, Thomasine Weber, for providing social resiliency support to help him recover from injuries and following the loss of a fellow Missouri Guard member to an improvised explosive device during a deployment to Afghanistan. Weber was selected to lead five Air National Guard Airmen and 58 Missouri Army National Guard Soldiers as convoy escorts to ADT-IV in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. A goat and sheep farmer and a member of the Missouri National Guard, Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert W. Pharris went to Afghanistan with Missouri’s Agri-Business Development Team-IV (ADT-IV) in 2010 to encourage agriculture infrastructure development in the war-torn country, and was killed in action by a roadside bomb Jan. 5, 2011. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Halley Burgess)

Family bond gets Veteran Airman through PTSD
A 30-year career, multiple deployments and two months of intense training could not prepare recently retired Senior Master Sgt. Bob Weber for what he would experience during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. "We got there in July," said Weber. "In January, that was when Pharris was killed."Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert W. Pharris was killed in action
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Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Buehler, maintainer with the 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, holds his sobriety coin that reads One Day At A Time Apr. 8, 2016. Buehler demonstrates mental resilience as he has overcome alcoholism and depression by using psychological and mental health resources offered by the National Guard. Mental fitness is one of four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness in AFI 90-506. Buehler credits his supervisors with saving his career. But, Buehler isn't the only one facing this issue. Suicide is one of the most urgent problems facing the Department of Defense and society. Among the reserves and National Guard, 88 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine reservists died by suicide in 2015, while 100 Army National Guard members and 21 Air National Guardsmen killed themselves, according to a recent DoD report. The Guard has ongoing education and training programs, as well as psychological health professionals who help create a protective and resilient culture within the wings. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Halley Burgess/RELEASED) After the blackout: Missouri Air Guardsman starts life anew
Being told what he'd done while blacked out from heavy drinking didn't scare Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Buehler. It was a regular occurrence for the 131st Bomb Wing Citizen-Airman.This time, however, he woke up in a hospital bed to learn that he'd intentionally cut his own leg 30 times, fought with six police officers and had to be wrestled into an
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Tech. Sgt. Ricardo Zuniga, weapons load team chief with the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, won the first Whiteman Classic bodybuilding event in Sedalia, Missouri, in Nov. 2015. Zuniga’s tattoo partially covers the scar from multiple back surgeries after a motorcycle accident forced him to relearn to walk and take better care of his physical condition. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Halley Burgess) 131st Airman first in fitness despite having to relearn to walk
"If you don't start taking care of yourself, you may never walk again."Doctors said this to Tech. Sgt. Ricardo Zuniga in 2006 after a head-on motorcycle accident nearly took his life."I broke four ribs, three vertebrate and my sternum," said Zuniga, a weapons load team chief with the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. "When the doctors looked at
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Senior Master Sgt. James Sutton stands with the 131st Bomb Wing’s primary weapon system, the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The Air National Guard Safety Center recently selected Sutton for the prestigious 2015 Air National Guard Individual Weapons Safety Award.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mary-Dale Amison Missouri Air National Guardsman receives prestigious safety award
The Air National Guard Safety Center recently selected Senior Master Sgt. James Sutton, weapons safety manager for the 131st Bomb Wing, for the prestigious 2015 Air National Guard Individual Weapons Safety Award.The annual award recognizes Sutton's contributions to Air National Guard safety and in the Total Force environment with active duty
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Caleb Watkins, left, and Tech. Sgt. Jaime Farmer, both aircraft armament systems technicians assigned to the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS), prep a munitions handling unit (MHU)-204 trailer for loading procedures at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 14, 2016, Watkins and Farmer are two of three 131st AMXS drill-status guardsmen who loaded weapons to the B-2 Spirit during an exercise for the time during CONSTANT VIGILANCE 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry) CONSTANT VIGILANCE 16 a profound success for Air Guard integration into B-2 strategic operations
Exercise CONSTANT VIGILANCE 16 proved to be a total force success story as 131st and 509th Bomb Wing Airmen affirmed their strategic B-2 operational mission readiness and completed the final phase of a plan, 11 years in the making.For the first time in this exercise, Whiteman's total force team included drill-status Guardsmen, or DSGs, according to
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U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Jovan D. Banks Be savvy about social media
Social media is no longer the "new thing." With nearly three out of four internet-using adults using social media, it is a normal part of life for most Americans, including most members of the military.Whether you are active duty or in the Air National Guard, you are well within your rights to use social media. Everything you post on any social
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A new online program provides online tutoring services for full/part time National Guard, Reserve component members, active duty service members and Coast Guard members. Some family members are also eligible to use the tutoring services. (Photo courtesy Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support ) Defense Department announces pilot tutor program for service members
The Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Program and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) announced the launch of a pilot tutoring program that will provide service members with tutoring support at no cost, anytime, anywhere."If a service member is struggling with a college course or simply needs help with
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Staff Sgt. Cassie Telishevsky, a 131st Communications Focal Point administrator, works alongside an infrastructure team member on a trouble ticket in Building 1 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, February 2, 2016. Trouble tickets are reported to the communications focal point for a variety of issues to include, inability to connect to the internet, lack of malware, or issues with programs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon) Opening the Lines of Communication
The 131st Communications Flight supports and maintains six missions at four locations across Missouri, with four sections working as one to facilitate communication between Airmen and the world.The communication flight's mission is to ensure that everyone on the installation is able to communicate with one another in an efficient and timely
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Through the course of the Missouri Air National Guard’s Jefferson Barracks Family Day, more than 600 Citizen Airmen and their Families from the 157th Air Operations Group, 131st Bomb Wing, 231st Civil Engineering Flight and 239th Combat Communications Squadron participated in family friendly events, September 13, 2015.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon) Jefferson Barracks Family Day strengthens and builds support
From ponies to puppies, kids and families spent their time racing across the parade field to take part in the fun. The air had a crisp fall breeze that swept through Jefferson Barracks along with the melodic sounds of the Waterloo German Band at the Family Picnic.  Through the course of the Missouri Air National Guard's Jefferson Barracks Family
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