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    181st IW hosts U.S. Sen. Donnelly for base tour

    181st IW hosts U.S. Sen. Donnelly for base tou

    Photo By 2nd Lt. Jonathan Padish | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attends a...... read more read more



    Story by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Padish 

    181st Intelligence Wing Public Affairs

    HULMAN FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind. (Sept. 16, 2018) — U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attended a base tour to discuss issues affecting the Indiana National Guard September 15 at Hulman Field Air National Guard Base, Indiana.

    Donnelly met with service members from the 181st Intelligence Wing and the 81st Troop Command while on base.

    The tour allowed Airmen with the 181st IW to highlight the wing’s operations.

    “We have three main missions: Intelligence, an Air Support Operations Squadron, and a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew C. Brown, the vice commander of the 181st IW.

    Because of the single duty station nature of the National Guard, the 181st IW Airmen have consistency in training and experience to specialize in the execution of missions.

    Additionally, service members discussed some of the unique missions of the Indiana National Guard.

    “We’re the only state in our area that has the CERFP mission,” said U.S. Army Col. Kirk R. White, the commander of the 81st Troop Command. “The Army has the search-and-rescue and decontamination piece, and the Air Force has the medical and communication component. It is a unique setup and it works really well.”

    Service members also highlighted other joint missions executed by the Indiana National Guard.

    “The 113th ASOS battlefield Airmen provide the liaison and translation between the Air Force and Army,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan K. Harvey, the commander of the 113th ASOS. “You get to see the partnership between the Army and Air Force here. It’s a unique mission for the Guard.”

    Donnelly recognized the efforts of the service members in executing their missions.

    “To all of you, thanks for your service to the country, and thanks for keeping us safe,” said Donnelly. “The 9/11 anniversary was just a few days ago, and everything you do everyday helps make sure that doesn’t happen again.”



    Date Taken: 09.16.2018
    Date Posted: 09.18.2018 14:08
    Story ID: 293341
    Location: TERRE HAUTE, IN, US 

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