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  • May Shirt Blast

    Welcome to May drill! I hope everyone enjoyed the outstanding SCANG Family Day; I know my family had a blast and I hope yours did as well. Huge kudos to all involved! If you were there during the opening, you may have seen me accept a check from the Chief’s Council on behalf of the Warm Heart Fund. This Shirt Blast, we’ll take a minute to explain
  • May Chaplain's Reflections

    “SCANG Chaplain Corps Welcomes Chaplain, 1st Lt. Kirby Whitley and Avalon”A word from Ch. Kirby Whitley-Hello fellow Swamp Foxes, I am humbled to have the opportunity to introduce myself as a Chaplain for 169th Fighter Wing. My name is 1st Lt. Kirby Whitley and I have been married for 16 years to my wife Heather. We have three beautiful daughters,
  • May Fitness Tips

    Easy recipe tips for hummus snack or lunch!https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-recipes/13-different-ways-make-hummusTips on how to check the age of your running shoeUnfortunately, it is very hard to tell while you are running whether you need to replace your current training model with a different shoe. You usually won’t notice the
  • May Commander's Corner

    We are all leaders; here’s some simple steps to make you a better one.I recently took my entire family snow skiing. I was looking forward to the trip for weeks; excited that we would spend a long weekend together as a family doing something I enjoyed. Did you catch that? Something “I” enjoyed. I told myself that even though my wife hadn’t seen a
  • April Commander's Corner

    Greetings Swamp Fox! As always, I am grateful to every one of you for your continued service and all that you do for our state and nation. It seems every time it is my turn to write a column there is energy around our Domestic Operations (DOMOPS) mission. If you are new to the wing or the Air National Guard, a quick primer: being a Guardsman means
  • April Chief's Perspective

    I was recently approached while in uniform by a curious older gentleman who observed an arm full of stripes and wanted to ask me a few questions such as my grade, what military life is like, and what was my profession. The final question was the toughest when he asked why I chose to do it for so many years. This one hit me somewhat off-guard for a
  • April Chaplain's Reflections

    Happy Passover and Easter...almost! Passover this year is Friday, April 19 through Saturday, April 27. It is traditionally celebrated on the first Full Moon following the vernal equinox, which is the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan. Since the Christian celebration of Easter has its roots in the Jewish celebration of Passover, it is celebrated on
  • April Fitness Tips

    Stability Ball Workout to Strengthen Your CoreHere's how to do each move:Oblique CrunchLie on your back and place the ball comfortably underneath your knees with your legs resting on top of the ball.With your hands behind your head and your elbows wide, crunch up to the center, then rotate to the left, bringing your right elbow toward your left
  • April Retiree's Corner

    As usual, we had a resounding March Luncheon with around 50 retirees and spouses breaking bread with their other fellow Retirees. Maj. Ralph Cole, the 169th Force Support Squadron commander was our featured speaker. He enlightened us about himself and the goings on at McEntire. I have repeatedly said if anyone would come to every luncheon they
  • March Commander's Corner

    We have heard the term “weekend warrior”. Many people love to poke fun at things they don’t understand. When I joined the Air National Guard back in 1993, we were a “strategic reserve”. Following the events of 9/11, that term couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Air National Guard is an “operational reserve”. Over the last 17 years, the 169th