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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
For months, the men and women of the 135th Airlift Group have been training on their new C27J Spartan turboprops for their deployment this spring to Afghanistan. Their job: carrying soldiers, equipment and supplies around the war zone as the fighting season resumes. It's a mission for which the Maryland Air National Guard unit has deep experience. In the last decade alone, members have deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, while also responding to the Haiti earthquake, California wildfires and Hurricane Katrina.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
For months, the men and women of the 135th Airlift Group have been training on their new C27J Spartan turboprops for their deployment this spring to Afghanistan. Their job: carrying soldiers, equipment and supplies around the war zone as the fighting season resumes. It's a mission for which the Maryland Air National Guard unit has deep experience. In the last decade alone, members have deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, while also responding to the Haiti earthquake, California wildfires and Hurricane Katrina.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1999
Pilots from the Maryland Air National Guard -- endearingly referred to as "Warthog Warriors" -- left the friendly skies of their home state early yesterday for the more uncertain and dangerous environs over Iraq.Aviators and maintenance personnel from the 104th Fighter Squadron of the guard's 175th Wing, some with families waving goodbye before sunrise yesterday, departed from Martin State Airport in Middle River for a 90-day deployment to help enforce the United Nations "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | October 26, 2008
Joseph J. Maisch Jr., a retired Maryland Air National Guard officer and fighter pilot who flew numerous missions over the enemy in World War II, died of stroke complications Monday at the Lorien Bel Air nursing home. The Joppatowne resident was 86. Born in Baltimore and raised in the 900 block of Calvert St., he attended the Cathedral School on Mulberry Street and was a 1940 City College graduate. He attended the University of Baltimore. He worked briefly as a salesman for the Baltimore Stationery Co. before enlisting in the Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet in March 1942.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | October 26, 2008
Joseph J. Maisch Jr., a retired Maryland Air National Guard officer and fighter pilot who flew numerous missions over the enemy in World War II, died of stroke complications Monday at the Lorien Bel Air nursing home. The Joppatowne resident was 86. Born in Baltimore and raised in the 900 block of Calvert St., he attended the Cathedral School on Mulberry Street and was a 1940 City College graduate. He attended the University of Baltimore. He worked briefly as a salesman for the Baltimore Stationery Co. before enlisting in the Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet in March 1942.
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July 15, 1996
MIDDLE RIVER -- Forty-one members of the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing returned yesterday to Martin State Airport after 30 days of flying transport planes to support NATO peacekeeping forces in Bosnia. One hundred state Guard members have rotated duty for 90 days in the support mission called Operation Joint Endeavor.The lights came back on, the seas calmed, the sun shined and the beach beckoned Marylanders yesterday.Vacationers jammed the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City, only a day after Tropical Storm Bertha blew through the resort.
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September 2, 1994
Gov. Schaefer swears in military officerGov. William Donald Schaefer swore in Col. Bruce F. Tuxill of Ellicott City as assistant adjutant general of the Maryland Air National Guard at a recent ceremony at the State House in Annapolis.Colonel Tuxill, who commanded the 175th Fighter Group at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, also received a certificate of appreciation in a separate ceremony at a staff meeting at the Chestertown Armory.Brig. Gen. Thomas C. Johnson presented the certificate to Colonel Tuxill for the Maryland Air National Guard's participation in the Military Youth Corps Challenge Program.
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April 18, 1995
Narcotics detectives armed with a search warrant raided a Pasadena home and arrested four people on drug charges Thursday night, county police said.The officers went to the house in the 100 block of Winston Road about 9:25 p.m. and found small amounts of marijuana and cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said. A man and woman in the house at the time were arrested, as were two other men who arrived after the raid, police said.All were charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
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October 21, 1990
Marine Lance Cpl. Rodney Fletcher, son of Melvin G. and Brenda J. Fletcher of Aberdeen, has reported for duty with 3rd Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan.A 1987 graduate of Aberdeen High School, he joined the Marine Corps in Dec. 1987.ABINGDON MAN JOINS STATE'S AIR GUARDPatrick H. Graf, son of Pete and Sharlene Graf of Abingdon, has enlisted in the Maryland Air National Guard.He joined the 175th Services Flight at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River.After attending basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Graf will attend a technical training school at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo.
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January 26, 1998
Hampstead Business Expo promoting small businesses and services available in the Hampstead area will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at North Carroll High School.Hampstead Business Association, with about 220 members, sponsors the annual expo. New members are welcome. Reservations for exhibition space should be made before Saturday.Career opportunities will be presented by Carroll Community College, Western Maryland College, Maryland Army National Guard, Maryland Air National Guard, Hampstead, DARE and Carroll County Office of Tourism.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1999
Pilots from the Maryland Air National Guard -- endearingly referred to as "Warthog Warriors" -- left the friendly skies of their home state early yesterday for the more uncertain and dangerous environs over Iraq.Aviators and maintenance personnel from the 104th Fighter Squadron of the guard's 175th Wing, some with families waving goodbye before sunrise yesterday, departed from Martin State Airport in Middle River for a 90-day deployment to help enforce the United Nations "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | June 5, 1996
The Maryland Air National Guard will honor World War II's famed Tuskegee Airmen at 3 p.m. Sunday at Martin State Airport, 2701 Eastern Blvd. in Middle River.The Tuskegee Airmen -- members of the all-black 99th and 302nd Squadrons -- compiled a distinguished combat record in more than 1,500 missions over Europe and North Africa.Among veterans of the two squadrons at the tribute will be guest speaker Ira O'Neill, one of the original Tuskegee pilots. O'Neill left the service as a first lieutenant at the war's end. He rejoined later and spent 30 years in the Air Force as a noncommissioned officer before retiring at his officer rank.
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By Tyrone Richardson and Tyrone Richardson,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2005
A formal homecoming celebration for members of the Maryland Air National Guard who served in Iraq was bittersweet yesterday at the Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, where civilian jobs and military positions could be eliminated in a Defense Department restructuring. "We were preparing for this homecoming for six months," said Col. Guy M. Walsh, a commander with the state Air National Guard, speaking to the crowd of more than 300 military personnel, family and officials.
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