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  • Red Hat Militia wins national recognition

    The Red Hat Ladies Militia of South Dakota have sent over 3,000 boxes and 8,000 letters and cards to military members. Their goal is to remain active as long as there are South Dakota military members serving overseas. They also help families and veterans as well.For their efforts, they were recently recognized during the National Family Programs
  • Tour de Kota team logs 478 miles

    A blur of red and blue bikers whizzes by onlookers of the 2010 Tour de Kota. Airmen, spouses, and friends of the 114th Fighter Wing made up the group of fourteen riders during the six day tour June 6-11 encompassing the regional states and over 478 miles.The long journey culminated months of training and encouragement from each other to get ready
  • Out with the old, in with the new

    It's not every day a unit receives new aircraft. In fact, it's been nearly 20 years since the South Dakota Air National Guard has seen new jets, with the exception of four F-16s gained in 2006. But recently, that all changed. At the end of April, the 114th Fighter Wing saw two Block 40 aircraft arrive from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although the
  • RAT annual training takes place

    The 114th Fighter Wing's Ready Augmentee Team participated in outstanding annual training May 23-27 at Camp Rapid, Rapid City, S.D.Day one of training for the 27 members of the team consisted of weapons qualification with 114th Security Forces Squadron. The A squad was shooting while the B squad attended Use of Force, Restricted Area Badge
  • South Dakota National Guard Family Programs Announce Award Recipients

    In a continued effort to recognize our truly outstanding volunteers, the South Dakota National Guard Family Programs Office, recognizes a Military Family, Family Programs Volunteer, and Military member annually. Award recipients are recognized for their contributions to service members and their families through their volunteer efforts with the
  • 114th Fighter Wing Outstanding Airmen of the Year Announced

    The South Dakota Air National Guard has announced the 2009 Outstanding Airmen of the Year.  This years recipients are as follows:Lieutenant of the Year - 2nd Lt. Ariel R. Keating, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Deputy OIC of Aircraft Maintenance.Senior NCO of the Year - Master Sgt. Chad M. Rydberg, 114th Security Forces Squadron, NCOIC for
  • Newer F-16s destined for Sioux Falls

    Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force senior leaders announced that nearly two dozen newer F-16 fighter jets will soon arrive at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls.The 175th Fighter Squadron of the South Dakota Air National Guard's 114th Fighter Wing has been flying Block 30 F-16 aircraft since 1991. Those jets will be retired and replaced by newer
  • 114th Closes Mission with Success

    On Feb. 18, the 114th Fighter Wing closed out over 26 months of Air Sovereign Alert around-the-clock duty at Langley AFB, Va. The Langley Alert Detachment started due to airplane conversions at other Air National Guard units on the east coast. It was a hybrid operation shared with the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard. The 114th
  • Recruiting and retention efforts pay off

    Approximately one year ago the 114th Fighter Wing was overmanned at 102 percent, but with the addition of more aircraft the unit found itself down to 92 percent manning. Although 92 percent is an impressive number the recruiters of the 114th Fighter Wing strive to maintain 100 percent or better at all times. Within one year our recruiters have put
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