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New ANG Director visits JSTARS

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, greets Senior Airman Jason Sabaka, 116th Maintenance Squadron, during an orientation visit to the 116th and 461st Air Control Wings at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 3, 2013.  The visit is Clarke's first to Team JSTARS since becoming director of the Air National Guard.  During the visit Clarke received a mission orientation, toured the E-8C and visited Airmen and Soldiers throughout the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, greets Senior Airman Jason Sabaka, 116th Maintenance Squadron, during an orientation visit to the 116th and 461st Air Control Wings at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 3, 2013. The visit is Clarke's first to Team JSTARS since becoming director of the Air National Guard. During the visit Clarke received a mission orientation, toured the E-8C and visited Airmen and Soldiers throughout the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, greets Airmen from Team JSTARS during an orientation visit to the 116th and 461st Air Control Wings at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 3, 2013.  The visit is Clarke's first to Team JSTARS since becoming director of the Air National Guard.  During the visit Clarke received a mission orientation, toured the E-8C and visited Airmen and Soldiers throughout the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, greets Airmen from Team JSTARS during an orientation visit to the 116th and 461st Air Control Wings at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 3, 2013. The visit is Clarke's first to Team JSTARS since becoming director of the Air National Guard. During the visit Clarke received a mission orientation, toured the E-8C and visited Airmen and Soldiers throughout the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

Maj. Stephen Baffic, Homeland Response Force surgeon with the 116th Air Control Wing, briefs Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, during a hands-on demonstration by the 116th Medical Group's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Enhanced Response Force unit during Clarkes orientation visit to the JSTARS unit at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 3, 2013.  The visit is Clarke's first to Team JSTARS since becoming director of the Air National Guard.  During the visit Clarke received a mission orientation, toured the E-8C and visited Airmen and Soldiers throughout the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

Maj. Stephen Baffic, Homeland Response Force surgeon with the 116th Air Control Wing, briefs Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, during a hands-on demonstration by the 116th Medical Group's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Enhanced Response Force unit during Clarkes orientation visit to the JSTARS unit at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., July 3, 2013. The visit is Clarke's first to Team JSTARS since becoming director of the Air National Guard. During the visit Clarke received a mission orientation, toured the E-8C and visited Airmen and Soldiers throughout the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Lt. Gen. Stanley E. "Sid" Clarke III made his first visit to the 116th Air Control Wing today since becoming the director of the Air National Guard.

Clarke got a first-hand look at the E-8C aircraft and Total Force team, including the 116th and 461st Air Control Wings and 138th Military Intelligence Company operating Joint STARS.

During his visit, Clarke also received a mission briefing, observed aircraft maintenance operations and viewed demonstrations by the Explosive Ordnance Flight and the Medical Group's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Enhanced Response Force.

"This was a fantastic opportunity for the CERFP team to show the director of the Air National Guard what we are capable of and our passion for the mission," said Maj. Stephen Baffic a Homeland Response Force surgeon.

Throughout the tour, Clarke met with several Team JSTARS Airmen and coined them for their superior performance including: Senior Master Sgt. Maldvina Anderson, 116th Medical Group, Master Sgt. Roger Parsons, 116th Wing Staff, Tech. Sgt. Jose Padilla from the 116th Force Support Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy, 129th Combat Training Squadron and Staff Sgt. Zachary Williams, 116th Maintenance Squadron.

"You folks do Total Force Integration right" said Clarke. "You do a great job every day; my thanks for what you do."

The 116th ACW is an Active Associate Air National Guard wing providing command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of homeland and national defense and to support civil authorities.

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