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  • Walz promoted to Brig. Gen.

    The promotion of Brig. Gen. Russ A. Walz, Director of Joint Staff, South Dakota National Guard, was recognized during a ceremony held at Joe Foss Field, S.D. May 1, 2016.  Walz will serve dual positions as the Director of Joint Staff, South Dakota National Guard and the HQ's South Dakota Air National Guard Chief of Staff.  Walz has served with the
  • 114th Fighter Wing change of command

    Col. Russ A. Walz, 114th Fighter Wing commander, relinquished command of the 114th Fighter Wing to Col. Nathan B. Alholinna, 114th Fighter Wing vice commander during a change of command ceremony held at Joe Foss Field May 1, 2016.  Col. Walz will move to Joint Force Headquarters in Rapid City as the Director of the Joint Staff and Air National
  • 114th Operations Group change of command

    Two change of command ceremonies were held at Joe Foss Field, S.D. May 1, 2016.  Col. Gregory W. Lair, 114th Fighter Wing vice commander, relinquished command of the 114th Operations Group to Lt. Col. Quenten M. Esser, former 175th Fighter Squadron commander.  Esser is a command pilot with the unit and had served as the 175th Fighter Squadron
  • Airmen spend time mentoring

    Airmen from the South Dakota Air National Guard were recognized at the quarterly technician meeting April 20, 2016 for their volunteering efforts.  Col. Nathan B. Alholinna, 114th Fighter Wing vice commander, received a letter from Lutheran Social Services commending the four Airmen for their time and passion working with local children. The
  • 114th Fighter Wing makes donations

    Col. Nathan B. Alholinna, 114th Fighter Wing vice commander, presented $500 checks to two different  local organizations at the quarterly technician meeting on April 20, 2016. The Children's Home Society of South Dakota and The Banquet of Sioux Falls were the recipients. The money was collected during the annual holiday party held at Joe Foss
  • 114th Fighter Wing Career Day draws a crowd

    Recruiters of the South Dakota Air National Guard held their bi-annual "Career Day" at Joe Foss Field, April 6.  High school students, their parents, and several high school counselors attended the event to learn more about enlistment and career opportunities available in the unit.The main focus of the day was to bring high school juniors and
  • Brush visits South Dakota Air National Guard

    Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau, visited the 114th Fighter Wing, Joe Foss Field, S.D. to discuss current issues March 5, 2016.Brush advises Gen. Frank J. Grass, 27th Chief, NGB, on all enlisted matters affecting training, effective utilization, health of the force, and enlisted professional
  • South Dakota Air National Guard Change of Responsibility takes place

    A ceremony to announce the change of responsibility for the South Dakota Air National Guard State Command Chief was held at Joe Foss Field, S.D., March 5, 2016. Chief Master Sgt. Jean Gacke accepted her new responsibility as the State Command Chief by Chief Master Sgt. James M. Welch.Gacke was appointed as the State Command Chief on Dec. 4,
  • South Dakota Air National Guard appoints new Command Chief

    2016 will see a new Command Chief Master Sgt. in the state of South Dakota.  Chief Master Sgt. Jeanne Gacke will be replacing Chief Master Sgt. James M. Welch, as the new State Command Chief for the South Dakota Air National Guard.  Gacke was appointed to the position December 4, 2015.  The Command Chief position is a traditional guard
  • 114th Airman pursues Air Force Special Operations

    Senior Airman Cody Thaler, 114th Operations Intelligence specialist, is slated to join active duty Air Force and begin training to become a member of Air Force Special Operations as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) specialist on March 3rd at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas."I'm ready for a new challenge," said Thaler. "Intel has
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