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Copperhead311th
09-14-2007, 05:46 PM
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Well....just like Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.... they "Heard Momma calling" and came back home. Today is a great day to be from Alabama. Not more than 3 miles from where i sit typing this....there resides the new Red Tails F-16's of the 100th Fighter Squadron. For those interested here is the story from today's Montgomery news.



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Historic Air Force squadron returns to Alabama

By Jenn Rowell
jrowell@gannett.com




The push for a seamless Air Force has landed in Montgomery. As part of the changes, a historic Alabama fighter squadron is returning to the state.

On Thursday, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff, announced four changes for the military in Alabama.

"The nation needs a cutting-edge Air Force," Moseley said. "Our efforts to revolutionize our Air Force are critical."

The announcements are part of the Air Force's plan for Total Force Integration, which allows for a smaller, more efficient force by integrating the 700,000 members of the active, reserve and Guard components of the Air Force, Moseley said.

He announced the formation of an active associate fighter squadron within the Alabama Air National Guard's 187th Fighter Wing. The squadron will remain under the leadership of the Guard, which will maintain equipment, but active duty airmen will become part of the squadron.

The 160th Fighter Squadron of the 187th was inactivated and a new squadron was activated on the orders of Moseley and Gov. Bob Riley.

The new squadron will be designated the 100th Fighter Squadron, more commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. The 100th Flying Training Squadron was based at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas until returning to Alabama under its new designation Thursday.

The squadron is back in Alabama for the first time since the end of WWII -- complete with the distinctive red tails that were the squadron's trademark.

Lt. Walter Palmer is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and was a pilot during WWII. He and another Tuskegee airman were special guests at Thursday's ceremony. Palmer said he loved to fly and used to build model planes before he joined the service. He said he was honored to have the squadron back in Montgomery.

"It's nice to have recognition again," he said.

Lt. Col. Sammy Black, a Deatsville native, was commander of the 160th and is now commander of the 100th.

"The connection with the history of the 100th and the Tuskegee Airmen -- it's an honor to be able to carry on their legacy," Black said.

The squadron will retain the F-16 fighter jets it currently owns, but once the active associate unit is in place, it will be easier to phase in new planes over the next decade, Moseley said.

The details of who will be assigned and when the active associate unit will start are still being worked out.

Approximately 10 pilots and 90 to 140 other active airmen will be assigned to the squadron, which could have an economic impact on the Montgomery area, Riley said.

Only a few such units combining the Air Force and Air National Guard exist nationwide, but in addition to the squadron in Montgomery, fighter squadrons in four other states -- Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont -- are also establishing active associate units.

In order to provide the resources to the new active associate units, Moseley said one active duty fighter squadron would be deactivated. He did not say which squadron or when it will stand down.

To continue the consolidation of training in the Air Force, Moseley announced that the Air Force Reserve Command commissioning will move to Maxwell and join the Officer Training School, which other than the Air Force Academy and ROTC programs is the only place active duty airmen can be commissioned. Air Force officials are also looking into holding officer training for the Guard at Maxwell, Moseley said.

Moseley also announced that the Eagle Vision 6 satellite system that was temporarily based in Montgomery is moving to a permanent station in Huntsville at Redstone Arsenal.

Riley said bringing the red plane tails of the 100th Fighter Squadron back to Alabama solidified the historical impact of Maxwell and Alabama's military.

"There were decisions made at this base (during WWII) and there are big decisions being made today that our children will look back on as defining moments," he said. "Alabama will be there. Alabama will do whatever it takes to keep our country safe and free."

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, echoed Riley's comments.

"We are indeed deepening and broadening the footprint of the Air Force in Montgomery," he said. "We are a one force. The Guard and reserve and active duty are coming together with more harmony than ever before."

Copperhead311th
09-14-2007, 05:46 PM
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Well....just like Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.... they "Heard Momma calling" and came back home. Today is a great day to be from Alabama. Not more than 3 miles from where i sit typing this....there resides the new Red Tails F-16's of the 100th Fighter Squadron. For those interested here is the story from today's Montgomery news.



http://cmsimg.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=DS&Date=20070914&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=709140357&Ref=AR&Profile=1001&MaxW=300 [



Historic Air Force squadron returns to Alabama

By Jenn Rowell
jrowell@gannett.com




The push for a seamless Air Force has landed in Montgomery. As part of the changes, a historic Alabama fighter squadron is returning to the state.

On Thursday, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff, announced four changes for the military in Alabama.

"The nation needs a cutting-edge Air Force," Moseley said. "Our efforts to revolutionize our Air Force are critical."

The announcements are part of the Air Force's plan for Total Force Integration, which allows for a smaller, more efficient force by integrating the 700,000 members of the active, reserve and Guard components of the Air Force, Moseley said.

He announced the formation of an active associate fighter squadron within the Alabama Air National Guard's 187th Fighter Wing. The squadron will remain under the leadership of the Guard, which will maintain equipment, but active duty airmen will become part of the squadron.

The 160th Fighter Squadron of the 187th was inactivated and a new squadron was activated on the orders of Moseley and Gov. Bob Riley.

The new squadron will be designated the 100th Fighter Squadron, more commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. The 100th Flying Training Squadron was based at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas until returning to Alabama under its new designation Thursday.

The squadron is back in Alabama for the first time since the end of WWII -- complete with the distinctive red tails that were the squadron's trademark.

Lt. Walter Palmer is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and was a pilot during WWII. He and another Tuskegee airman were special guests at Thursday's ceremony. Palmer said he loved to fly and used to build model planes before he joined the service. He said he was honored to have the squadron back in Montgomery.

"It's nice to have recognition again," he said.

Lt. Col. Sammy Black, a Deatsville native, was commander of the 160th and is now commander of the 100th.

"The connection with the history of the 100th and the Tuskegee Airmen -- it's an honor to be able to carry on their legacy," Black said.

The squadron will retain the F-16 fighter jets it currently owns, but once the active associate unit is in place, it will be easier to phase in new planes over the next decade, Moseley said.

The details of who will be assigned and when the active associate unit will start are still being worked out.

Approximately 10 pilots and 90 to 140 other active airmen will be assigned to the squadron, which could have an economic impact on the Montgomery area, Riley said.

Only a few such units combining the Air Force and Air National Guard exist nationwide, but in addition to the squadron in Montgomery, fighter squadrons in four other states -- Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont -- are also establishing active associate units.

In order to provide the resources to the new active associate units, Moseley said one active duty fighter squadron would be deactivated. He did not say which squadron or when it will stand down.

To continue the consolidation of training in the Air Force, Moseley announced that the Air Force Reserve Command commissioning will move to Maxwell and join the Officer Training School, which other than the Air Force Academy and ROTC programs is the only place active duty airmen can be commissioned. Air Force officials are also looking into holding officer training for the Guard at Maxwell, Moseley said.

Moseley also announced that the Eagle Vision 6 satellite system that was temporarily based in Montgomery is moving to a permanent station in Huntsville at Redstone Arsenal.

Riley said bringing the red plane tails of the 100th Fighter Squadron back to Alabama solidified the historical impact of Maxwell and Alabama's military.

"There were decisions made at this base (during WWII) and there are big decisions being made today that our children will look back on as defining moments," he said. "Alabama will be there. Alabama will do whatever it takes to keep our country safe and free."

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, echoed Riley's comments.

"We are indeed deepening and broadening the footprint of the Air Force in Montgomery," he said. "We are a one force. The Guard and reserve and active duty are coming together with more harmony than ever before."

T_O_A_D
09-14-2007, 06:37 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Very Cool http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

triad773
09-14-2007, 06:56 PM
Cool http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

F16s rock, and so does Tuskegee http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Bearcat99
09-14-2007, 07:36 PM
Very very cool.... Thanks for posting... That makes two....
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302 FS

Copperhead311th
09-14-2007, 07:41 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bearcat99:
Very very cool.... Thanks for posting... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah i knew you'ld kinda get a kick out of it.