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 A recent survey of
National Guard members revealed the top four issues distracting members causing
increased stress and accidents were: </p><p>1.
Balancing Civilian and Guard Lifemes </p><p>2.
Additional Duties </p><p>3.
Family/Home Issues</p><p>4.
The volume of Ancillary Training    </p><p>Over the years, to
minimize the risk of these issues and many more that cause accidents, the Air
Force developed an annual safety campaign called “The 101 Critical Days of
Summer Campaign.” This year it will kick
off May 25 and run through Sept. 4.  The
goal of the campaign is to reduce or eliminate preventable mishaps through
safety education. The Air Force 101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign calls
attention to the tragic loss and or injury of Airmen during summertime and makes
them realize safety is personal for their families, friends, coworkers and
themselves. The Air Force’s vision ensures all of our Airmen have zero
preventable mishaps with an injury-free summer.    </p><p>In addition, the Air
National Guard has developed a theme for our 2015 ANG Safety campaign: “ Don’t Let Your Guard Down”   </p><p>Is there an “app for that?”
 Well, almost. Imagine an Airman, a Soldier or a family
member is in an accident.  With the new
Fearless Five mobile app, help is only one button away. The new ANG iPhone app allows
users to enter names and numbers of five trusted agents. A user in distress (sexual assault, accident,
suicidal ideation, or any other non-911 emergency) can push one button and send
the equivalent of an Amber Alert to the Fearless Five contacts. Geo-coordinates and driving directions guide
the five to the person needing the help. The Fearless Five app can be used by anyone (military & civilian)
including children. The Apple iTunes
link is https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ready-airman/id638309886?mt=8     </p><p>Pay attention to the
safety briefs, safety articles, checklists, hazards and wear proper protective
equipment this summer.</p><p>Maj. Gen. William Cobetto</p> A Warm Weather Safety Message
After a long and cold winter, spring finally arrived on March 20! I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to the warmer weather and summer-time activities. With the arrival of spring, many of us become more active outside. We play sports, go boating, ride bikes or motorcycles, and work outside. Spring and Summer are also times of increased annual training periods, deployments, and exercises. With all these activities in the spring and summer, we must remind ourselves to think “Safety.”

 
<p>      Our goal is to eliminate sexual assault in
the National Guard. To accomplish this
we NCOs need to step up to the plate to educate and inform our Soldiers on the
importance of respecting each other. We
all need to focus on our Army values. NCOs need to take an active lead in supporting the SHARP program. Every
Soldier in the Illinois National Guard must understand sexual assault is the
complete violation of integrity, dignity, respect and honor.</p><p>    The number of
reported cases has increased. This tells us our efforts are moving in the right
direction. Soldiers are beginning to tell us what is going on in their units. They
are coming forward and letting us know of things that have happened to them
years ago. Why is that? They are beginning to trust their leadership will act
to fix the problem. Leaders have to look
their Soldiers in the eyes and tell them the abuse of their fellow Soldiers is
not tolerated. As NCOs, we have to follow through and remember the NCO Creed.
We are responsible for the welfare of ALL of our Soldiers and we will take care
of our fallen comrades.</p><p>    What breaks my heart and infuriates me at the
same time is that I have seen cases where NCOs are the predators who have
abused our Soldiers. These individuals have used our profession and culture to
gain the trust of others and turned that trust into a weapon to victimize those
we are supposed to protect. We must hold
them accountable and they must goAs
NCOs, we must lead the way here as well. You want to be a leader? Then lead. Nothing happens in our units that
we as NCOs do not know about. When Soldiers
are abused, it usually means others have looked the other way. Any trust that
existed in that unit is now lost.  Be
aware of what is going on and show the fortitude I know you all have. Step up
and help us fix the problem.</p><p><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>I have watched
so many of you do incredibly brave things over the last decade; watched you all
sacrifice everything to take care of your Soldiers in dangerous situations. Do
it now as well. We have to take it
personal; we are Family.</p><p>    You and your
Soldiers at the section and squad levels are the solution. Culture begins to
change with you. You have to own this. NCOs are the backbone of this
organization. Know the resources available to you to be successful: </p><p>SGM Diane Rogers, SARC/Sexual Assault Response
Coordinator</p><p>CPT Alanna Wood,VAC, Victim Advocate Coordinator </p><p>Sharp Cell: 217.299.9407</p><p>Army SHARP Website: <a href="http://www.army.mil/sharp">http://www.army.mil/sharp</a></p><p>Some of the best tools can be found here. Center for the
Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE): <a href="http://cape.army.mil">http://cape.army.mil</a></p><p>CSM Mark Bowman</p><p>CSM, Illinois Army National Guard
</p> A Question of TRUST
   What can I, as a Soldier and NCO do to prevent Sexual Harassment and Assault of a fellow Soldiers? After we have all had annual SHARP training and listened to all the speeches, Soldiers are still victimized by people they have been TRAINED to trust the most. Most of our victims are young and still within their first two years of service. Most of our Soldiers may not have been victimized by these crimes, but they know somebody who has. They know we are dedicated to address and fix the problem, to find the predators, and to prosecute them for the crimes they have done. Many do not feel we are doing enough, fast enough.

 
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PEORIA, Ill. - Two air
transportation journeymen with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois returned
home Friday, Feb. 6, after nearly five-month deployment to Southwest Asia in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom. </p><p>The deployed
personnel are members of 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, a component of the
182nd Mission Support Group. As part of the 455th Expeditionary Logistics
Readiness Squadron, they provided passenger service duties at the Department of
Defense’s busiest aerial port, averaging 70 aircraft movements per day. During
their deployment, the Airmen screened nearly 4,000 passengers on 902 flights,
and shipped 56 tons of troop mail to three forward operating bases. </p><p>“We are very proud
of our Airmen who demonstrated the integral part the Air National Guard plays
in the Total Air Force concept,” said Lt. Col. Edie O’Bryan of Mapleton,
Illinois, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron commander. “Their dedication, hard
work and devotion to duty illustrated the capabilities of our drill status Guardsman
to serve their country while continuously being supported by the civilian
sector. We also appreciate, and could not accomplish our mission without the
support of our families. I am pleased to have both of them back home safely and
reunited with their families.”</p><p> The 182nd Airlift
Wing flies the C-130 aircraft, which is primarily used to transport cargo,
personnel and aeromedical evacuees. Since Sept. 11, 2001 the 182nd has deployed
more than 4,000 members to support operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Many of the wing’s members have deployed
numerous times. The wing has flown more than 17,500 hours in direct support of
Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. This deployment cycle is one of
many in the wing’s history of supporting the Global War on Terrorism. </p><p>For more
information, call the Public Affairs office at the number above.
</p> Air transportation Airmen return from overseas mission
Two air transportation journeymen with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois returned home Friday, Feb. 6, after nearly five-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 
<p>The Board of Directors of NGAI has established a scholarship program to support members' families. The scholarship is open to dependents (both children and spouses) of NGAI members in good standing. The program will award one $2,500.00 scholarship to an IL Army National Guard dependent, one $2,500.00 scholarship to an IL Air National Guard dependent and one $2,500 scholarship to an at large dependent. In addition, a fourth $1,000.00 scholarship sponsored by USAA Insurance and Financial Services Company through the Enlisted Association of the national Guard of the United Stataes (EANGUS,) will be awarded to a dependent of an enlisted IL National Guard NGAI member. </p><p>All four scholarship winners will be selected from the pool of Prairie Minuteman Scholarship applicants. Application procedures can be found at www.ngai.com/services.aspx. Applications need to be received at NGAI offices by 5 March 2015 in order to be considered this year.</p> Prairie Minuteman Scholarships
The Board of Directors of NGAI has established a scholarship program to support members' families. The scholarship is open to dependents (both children and spouses) of NGAI members in good standing. The program will award one $2,500.00 scholarship to an IL Army National Guard dependent, one $2,500.00 scholarship to an IL Air National Guard dependent and one $2,500 scholarship to an at large dependent. In addition, a fourth $1,000.00 scholarship sponsored by USAA Insurance and Financial Services Company through the Enlisted Association of the national Guard of the United Stataes (EANGUS,) will be awarded to a dependent of an enlisted IL National Guard NGAI member.

 
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PEORIA,
Ill. - Nine Sustainment Services Flight
Airmen with the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria,
Illinois, returned home Jan. 17 after a seven-month deployment to Southwest
Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
</p><p>
“We
are very proud to welcome home our services personnel who deployed in support
of our missions overseas,” said Col. William P. Robertson of Peoria, Illinois.  “Our services personnel are second to none.
They provided top-notch support that exceeded expectations of the command
overseas.”

</p><p>The
Airmen are members of 182nd Force Support Squadron, a component of the 182nd
Mission Support Group.
</p><p>
“I
am very proud of each one of them as they continue to raise the bar each time
they do the mission,” said Robertson.  “It's
not easy to leave your civilian job and family to answer a call to duty.  I am sure they are ready for a break and to
get back to their families.  My thanks to
those families who sacrificed along with their deployed loved ones.  We can't do it without their support, the
support of their civilian employers and the support of our community.”

</p><p>As
part of the Sustainment Services Flight, they provided life-sustaining
functions as well as food services, fitness and lodging services for the
deployed location. The team coordinated six Armed Forces entertainment and USO
events, including 80 distinguished visitor tours for the 700 Airmen assigned to
the location. Additionally, they provided lodging operations, which consisted
of managing over 850 bed spaces including 100 distinguished visitors and 200
aircrew beds, using 92 percent of the installations capacity.
</p><p>
“This
deployment demonstrated the value of the Air National Guard capability to our country
and the fact that our members deploy globally serving our nation’s call,” said
Col. Cory K. Reid of Bartonville, Illinois, 182nd Mission Support Group
commander.  “They performed flawlessly.
Now we are able to welcome them safely back home and congratulate them on a job
well done.”

</p><p>The
182nd Airlift Wing flies the C-130 aircraft, which is primarily used to
transport cargo, personnel and aeromedical evacuees. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the
182nd has deployed more than 4,000 members in support of operations Enduring
and Iraqi Freedom.  Many of the wing’s
members have deployed numerous times. The wing has flown more than 17,500 hours
in direct support of OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom. This deployment cycle is
one of many in the wing’s history of supporting the Global War on Terrorism.

</p> Sustainment Services Flight Airmen return from overseas mission
PEORIA, Ill. - Nine Sustainment Services Flight Airmen with the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois, returned home Jan. 17 after a seven-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

 
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