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  • Myths and facts about the vax — debunking common COVID-19 vaccine myths

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) -- The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some Airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to keep up with what is fact or fiction, the science is clear … approved COVID-19 vaccines work. Here is a breakdown of the most common myths surrounding COVID-19 vaccines, and the facts behind each myth:
  • Georgia Air Guardsmen maintain readiness, partner with community first responders for mass casualty exercise in Middle Georgia

    Nearly 50 medical personnel with the 116th Medical Group, Detachment 1, Georgia Air National Guard, trained with civilian medical professionals and local authorities to respond to a mass casualty scenario in Warner Robins, Georgia, June 11 and 12.
  • JSTARS aids Air Force career enlisted aviator inclusion and diversity study

    Team JSTARS participated in a recent Air Force anthropometric study aimed to provide more opportunities for female and minority career enlisted aviators across the Air Force.
  • 116th Air Control Wing welcomes Air National Guard’s 13th Command Chief

    The Air National Guard’s 13th Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, visited the DoD’s only Joint STARS unit, the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing, during a unit training assembly May 2.
  • Georgia Air Guardsmen earn top honors for engineering installation awards

    Three Guardsmen from the Georgia Air National Guard’s 202d Engineering Installation Squadron, were recently selected as the best of the best out of all 16 Air Force engineering installation squadrons. Senior Master Sgt. Mark Buchanan was chosen as the Base Level Cyberspace Systems Integrator of the Year, Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Jones was selected as the Senior Support Member of the Year, and Tech. Sgt. Antonio Qualls was chosen as the Installer of the Year. Additionally, 202d EIS personnel placed second in five of the remaining six categories.
  • Team JSTARS to receive first female wing commander in Georgia Air National Guard history

    The Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing vice wing commander will take command Jan. 12, 2020, earning her the recognition as first female wing commander in the history of the Georgia Air National Guard. Col. Amy Holbeck will take the reins from Col. Ato Crumbly, the current commander of the 116th Air Control Wing, in a change-of-command ceremony to be held at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Ga, giving her responsibility for more than 1,450 Airmen. “Col. Holbeck is a combat tested aviator who exemplifies United States Air Force Core Values. She has a proven leadership and command track record,” said Brig. Gen. Thomas Grabowski, Georgia Air National Guard commander.
  • End of an Era: JSTARS flies last sortie out of CENTCOM

    An 18-year long deployment of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, and the second longest deployment in U.S. Air Force history, came to an end Oct. 1, 2019. Just before sunrise, Col. Konata Crumbly, 116th Air Control Wing commander and Joint STARS aircraft commander, pulled back the flight controls and lifted the aircraft from the runway on the last Joint STARS sortie leaving Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, marking the end of an era.
  • Mercer University students help Team JSTARS with innovative approach to scheduling frustrations

    Team JSTARS, the sole operators of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, recently teamed up with Mercer University’s computer science department in Macon to advance an antiquated software system during the fall 2019 semester. The vision for the project is to make the multiple databases the unit uses for scheduling missions and flying operations a seamless system, and aggregate 15 years of scheduling data to analyze for improvements, according to Lt. Col. Vanessa Cox, the chief of scheduling with the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Operations Support Squadron.
  • Hispanic heritage and devotion to military service runs deep for this Puerto Rican family

    It’s often said the Air National Guard is more like a family — that’s literally the case for the Lopez family where mother, son, and daughter serve together in the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base.
  • Team JSTARS maintainers design tool saving Air Force estimated $500k yearly

    Eight Airmen from Team JSTARS at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, recently designed an innovative tool estimated to save the Air Force nearly $500k a year in cowling repairs for the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. The cowling fixture table, an approved tool intended for field-level repairs, was a response to a challenge set by leadership. “The supply system could not meet the demand requirements for these cowlings,” said Col. Robert Nash, commander of the 116th Maintenance Group, Georgia Air National Guard. “We needed a sufficient capacity to support the warfighter.”