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230806-Z-FG097-2126.JPG Photo By: Staff Sgt. Shelby Thurman

JFHQ - A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker belonging to the 117th Air Refueling Wing sits parked on the flightline of Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base, Alabama, August 6, 2023. The 117 ARW’s mission is to provide quality worldwide air refueling, airlift, support, logistics, intelligence, and medical services in support of the greater Birmingham community, the state of Alabama, and the nation.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shelby Thurman)


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Video by Staff Sgt. William Frye
From Foster Care to Flight
Joint Force Headquarters - Alabama National Guard
March 8, 2022 | 4:36
Sgt. Lisa Arnett, a CH-47 Chinook crew chief with the ALNG’s B Co. 1-169th Aviation Regiment, talks about her life, career, and motivations at Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base in Birmingham, Alabama, Feb. 8, 2022. Arnett’s childhood of trauma and abuse in the foster care system led her to service in the Alabama National Guard, which turned her story into a positive force of change for others like her.

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