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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A $50 million allocation to upgrade the West Virginia Air National Guard base in Berkeley County for a larger fleet of planes was included in a bill approved by Congress and now is pending President Bush's approval, according to an official familiar with the project. Capt. Melissa Shade of the 167th Airlift Wing said Wednesday she was told that the money was approved to outfit the unit's base at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport for the C-5 Galaxy airplanes.
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by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | September 5, 2005
daniels@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Aboard the cavernous C-130 packed with tired and weary souls somewhere between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Yeager Field in Charleston, W.Va., Loadmaster Douglas Ferrell had the chance to step back and absorb his precious freight. "This is what this job's all about, right here," Ferrell said past nightfall Saturday. More than 12 hours earlier, at about 8 a.m., Ferrell knew anything could happen that day, but this was the best of all possible outcomes for the tired crew of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | July 1, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Hedgesville, W.Va. - An Air National Guard member from Hedgesville wounded in Iraq on Monday will be sent to a Texas hospital for treatment of second-degree burns on his right arm and the right side of his face, said the man's mother and the chief of staff of the 167th Airlift Wing. Staff Sgt. Brad Runkles, 22, will be transferred to a hospital in San Antonio. Neither Lt. Col. Roger Sencindiver nor Runkles' mother, Audrey Runkles, knew whether it is a military or civilian hospital.
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May 21, 2004
When God talked,institutions listened To the editor: Ah, nostalgia. Your May 4 edition included a letter praising President Bush for among other things, "Getting counsel from God. " I grew up in a smallish Iowa town replete with good souls who talked regularly to God. That is, they prayed. These who professed to receive replies were mostly residents at the state mental institution on the big hill at the west end of Cedar Street. Bill Wilcox Shepherdstown, W.Va.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 18, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Martinsburg, W.Va. - Comments voiced during a public hearing Tuesday evening about the 167th Airlift Wing's plans to switch from C-130 planes to larger and louder C-5s ranged from wholehearted approval to concerns about land values and possible hardships to the owners of small private planes. Four people spoke during the hearing. Participants also could give their comments to a stenographer in private or submit written comments, which will be accepted until March 16. Col. William R. Gain, air commander for the 167th, said public comments will play a part in deciding whether the C-5s should come to Martinsburg.
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by MARLO BARNHART | February 11, 2004
marlob@herald-mail.com WILLIAMSPORT - As a part-time emergency medical technician for the Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service, Will Stuller II had his hands full on a recent snowy morning while working at the scene of a serious accident along Interstate 70. The training that served Stuller on that call was similar to the skills he employed on a recent four-month stint in Iraq as a flight medic with the U.S. Air National Guard 167th...
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by DAVE McMILLION | December 23, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In a celebration filled with emotions, holiday cheer and patriotism, about 70 members of the 157th Military Police Co. returned home Monday after a 10-month mission that involved helping to rebuild Iraq. Cheers went up from a crowd of relatives and friends outside a hangar at the West Virginia Air National Guard base Monday afternoon as a C-130 cargo plane carrying 157th Military Police members made a pass over the base.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | March 6, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com They took off their coats or rolled up their sleeves as they talked about the warm weather, an innocent diversion from the real matter at hand. As they chatted Wednesday afternoon, though, the family members who gathered at the Air National Guard base in Martinsburg rarely took their eyes off two C-130 planes nearby. Carrying husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, the planes transported about 50 members of the 167th Airlift Wing to an unspecified destination in southwest Asia.
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August 8, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The arrival of 10 C-5 cargo airplanes at the Air National Guard base in Martinsburg means 185 military jobs will be added and the base's operating budget will increase by about $16 million a year, according to new figures released Wednesday. When it was announced in April that the C-5s would come here, officials anticipated adding 170 new military employees. In late July, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd met with U.S. Air Force Secretary James Roche, who gave Byrd updated job and economic figures associated with the conversion from C-130 aircraft to C-5s at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Byrd's office.
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BY SARAH MULLIN | April 10, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com The West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing base in Martinsburg, W.Va., will be the home of 10 C-5 planes, according to a Tuesday announcement from U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. Before the C-5s arrive in 2007, about $200 million in improvements, including runway extensions, must be made to the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, Byrd said in a prepared release. Byrd included funding in an appropriations bill for fiscal 2002 to begin the upgrades.
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