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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | June 9, 2013
When Williamsport resident Troy Brawner joined the Air National Guard in 1989, he said he never would have imagined how it all unfolded. That was before the United States' war in Afghanistan. Starting in October 2011, Brawner was sent to Afghanistan for a seven-month stint that involved performing air drops, and loading and unloading passengers, ammunition and other cargo. “I got three kids and it was the longest seven months of my life. It was hard,” the senior master sergeant said.
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By AMY WALLAUER | May 19, 1998
by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer see the enlargement HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Triplets Aaron, Ben and Chris Harding don't have the sibling rivalry that divides some families. They share the same taste in clothing, music and sports and all work at Roger's County Market in Martinsburg, W.Va. Now the 19-year-olds have made another move together by joining the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing. This is believed to be the first set of triplets to enlist in the airlift wing's 43-year history.
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By KEVIN VERZICH | November 23, 2001
Millions in funding awarded to Air National Guard Larger equipment can mean more responsibilities. That may be the case at the Air National Guard in Martinsburg with the recent approval of more than $38 million in funding for Guard facilities throughout West Virginia. In a prepared statement, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced last week that he added $2 million to appropriations legislation for design upgrades at the Martinsburg base, home to the 167th Airlift Wing.
NEWS
April 3, 2011
Kimberly Ridenour and her father, David Ridenour, were named Co-Veterans of the Day at Disney World on Feb. 17. The Hagerstown residents were picked at random while entering the Florida amusement park. The Ridenours served with the Air National Guard in Martinsburg, W.Va.
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by ROBERT SNYDER | May 9, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Base changes for the 167th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport will also bring changes to the surrounding community, said Capt. Melissa Shade, who was on hand as part of a tour of the air base Monday. Shade said the airlift wing will sponsor a job fair at the airport Friday in anticipation of doubling the full-time work force at the base to 300 employees as the base continues with plans to replace its fleet of C-130 Hercules air transport planes with a nearly equal number of the behemoth C-5 Galaxy heavy cargo planes.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 29, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - President Bush is expected to visit with members of the West Virginia Air National Guard at the 167th Airlift Wing base in Berkeley County on July 4, invited guests and officials familiar with the White House schedule said Friday. "I'm not sure what the itinerary is," said West Virginia Air National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Cadle, who was anticipating a White House announcement Friday. Bush's appearance was listed on the White House schedule released Friday by The Associated Press, according to Natasha Metzler in the AP office in Washington.
NEWS
November 23, 2008
Potter-Vance Joanna Rea Vance and Keith Todd Potter Jr. were married on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Salem United Methodist Church in Keedysville. The bride is the daughter of Scott and Lori Vance of Inwood, W.Va. The bridegroom is the son of Keith and Lynnette Potter of Boonsboro. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Musselman High School and International Beauty School. She is employed as a home care assistant for the elderly. The bridegroom is a 2006 graduate of Boonsboro High School.
NEWS
March 13, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Gerrardstown man was killed early Wednesday morning when his car ran off Union Corner Road and struck a tree, according to West Virginia State Police. Brian Sean McDougald, 21, a 1995 graduate of Musselman High School, worked at the Bob Evans Restaurant in Martinsburg and was a member of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg. "He was very well liked. It's a shock," said McDougald's mother, Frances McDougald.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | April 17, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com Master Sgt. Robbie Gossard had little contact with his family as he worked nearly around the clock in Qatar last year to fix and resupply C-130 planes being used by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. But one day, in November 2003, a box arrived unexpectedly at the Al Udied Air Force Base where he was stationed, and it made him feel a little closer to home. Inside were letters from his daughter's kindergarten class at Clear Spring Elementary School.
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by DAVE McMILLION | December 9, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 16-year veteran of the 167th Airlift Wing in Berkeley County, W.Va., has been tapped to replace Col. Jesse Thomas as the commander of the local West Virginia Air National Guard unit, officials with the base announced Monday. Col. Eric Vollmecke was selected to replace Thomas, who is retiring for health reasons, said Brig. Gen. V. Wayne Lloyd, commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard. Vollmecke, who will take over the job on Jan. 11 during a base ceremony, brings a wealth of experience to the post, including a stint at the Pentagon, extensive worldwide airlift experience with the 167th and holding various leadership positions in the unit, according to a news release distributed at a press briefing at the base Monday afternoon.
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June 21, 2013
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series on Monday, July 1, at 6:15 p.m. in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. The band was originally formed in 1942 as the 53rd Army Air Forces Band and underwent a series a name changes before it was given its current name in 2000. A traditional Air National Guard squadron, the band consists of 36 National Guard members with civilian careers who meet one weekend a month to rehearse and perform.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | June 9, 2013
When Williamsport resident Troy Brawner joined the Air National Guard in 1989, he said he never would have imagined how it all unfolded. That was before the United States' war in Afghanistan. Starting in October 2011, Brawner was sent to Afghanistan for a seven-month stint that involved performing air drops, and loading and unloading passengers, ammunition and other cargo. “I got three kids and it was the longest seven months of my life. It was hard,” the senior master sergeant said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2013
Doctors and staff briefly step back from incoming patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to give the chaplain a moment with them. The chaplain asks the patients if they mind if he prays for them. In the Very Rev. John Bateman's time in that role, all of the patients agreed to prayer. Bateman described having that time with incoming patients as profound. “To me, that's remarkable,” he said. “That's the military seeing the role spirituality has in the healing process.” Bateman, a priest for 17 years, is pastor at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waynesboro.
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Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | January 28, 2013
National Little League will hold registration for the upcoming season on the following dates: • Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Little League press box. The field is at 728 Frederick St., behind the city's Claude M. Potterfield Pool. To help speed up registration, bring completed forms with you. Forms are available at www.leaguelineup.com/handouts.asp?url=nationallittleleagueofhagerstown under the “handouts” menu.  The league is for players ages 4 to 12, based on age as of April 30, 2013.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 2, 2012
Members of the West Virginia Air National Guard based in Berkeley County are flying bucket trucks and other equipment from Phoenix, Ariz., to a guard base in Newburgh, N.Y., to assist in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in the Northeast. Four loads of equipment are due to be transported by the Guard unit's C-5 aircraft beginning Friday, said Col. Roger Nye, commander of the 167th Airlift Wing. In a separate relief mission, more than 90 members of the West Virginia National Guard are distributing food and water from the base at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport to thousands of residents in areas where deep, wet snow from the storm downed trees, blocked roads and left them without power.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 15, 2012
About 10,000 people turned out Saturday for the 2012 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House & Air Show, according to organizers. More than $13,000 in donations to United Way of the Eastern Panhandle were collected Saturday at the entrance gates, according to spokeswoman Tiffany Lawrence, who noted the support of dozens of volunteers. “The generosity has been overwhelming,” Lawrence said. Gates open Sunday at 9 a.m. for the second day of the show at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport.
NEWS
May 24, 2012
Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Association recently announced its concert schedule for the eighth annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series:               Thursday, June 7, U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 17, Maryland Defense Force Band at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, Air National Guard of the Mid-Atlantic at...
NEWS
October 6, 2011
Berkeley County Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to send a letter of support to organizers of Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House & Air Show, encouraging them to hold another air show in the future. Council member James "Jim" Whitacre proposed the letter of support, noting the air show had quickly become a "huge attraction" for the community. Council member Douglas E. Copenhaver Jr. said the air show could be held in honor of pilot John Mangan of Concord, N.C., who was killed when the North American T-28 C he was flying crashed at this year's air show on Sept.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 9, 2011
Area military personnel, active and retired, including National Guard members and their dependents, are enjoying bargain prices this weekend shopping for groceries and big-screen televisions at an on-site commissary sale at the West Virginia Air National Guard 167th Airlift Wing. Among the long lines of customers Saturday were retired Marine Master Sgt. Jesse Englehart, a Korean War veteran, and his wife, Betty Englehart, of Smithsburg. "We try to shop at the commissary at Fort Detrick as much as we can," Betty Englehart said.
OBITUARIES
May 7, 2011
JULY 30, 1951-MAY 5, 2011 Raymond David Feltner Jr., 59, of 9711 June Ave. in Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home. Born July 30, 1951, in Ranson, W.Va., he was the son of Raymond David Feltner Sr. of Hagerstown and the late Shirley Viola Jackson Feltner. He was employed as a machinist by Caldwell Manufacturing. He loved to spend time with his wife and family, and watching sports. He was a member of the Air National Guard. In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marlene Feltner; one daughter, Julie Finch and husband, Jared, of Sheffield, Pa.; one son, John Feltner and wife, Erin, of Gold Bar, Wash.; two sisters, Roxanne Sue Jones of Gaithersburg, Md., and Donna Clevenger of Leitersburg, Md.; seven grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
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