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Monday, July 6, 2009

187th Fighter Wing deploying to Iraq

The Alabama Air National Guard's 187th Fighter Wing is headed back to Iraq this week and next.

The advance party is taking off for Balad on Tuesday after a departure ceremony at Dannelly Field at 8 a.m.

The F-16 fighter wing will be providing aerial support to coalition forces in Iraq.

The ceremony for the 30-member advance party will 187th FW’s Dining Facility located at Dannelly Field, 5187 Selma Highway, Building 1501, in Montgomery.

The general public is invited to attend the ceremony. The unit’s main party will leave for Balad next week, date and time to be determined.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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