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    Director of the Air National Guard visits Truax Field

    Director of the Air National Guard visits Truax Field

    Photo By Master Sgt. Mary Greenwood | U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, director of the Air National Guard, coins U.S....... read more read more



    Story by Master Sgt. Mary Greenwood 

    115th Fighter Wing

    Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, the director of the Air National Guard, and his spouse Dianne visited the 115th Fighter Wing to connect directly with Airmen and discuss potential process improvement throughout the unit March 2, 2024, at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Loh’s visit follows the base’s extensive conversion to accommodate the F-35A Lightning II aircraft, only the second Air National Guard unit to make the transition. The Lohs observed the progress while providing support and resources for Airmen to utilize while adapting to new processes.

    Loh was accompanied by Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin's adjutant general, Brig. Gen. David May, Wisconsin's deputy adjutant general for Air, Brig. Gen. Eric Peterson, the Wisconsin Air National Guard chief of staff, and Col. Bart Van Roo, the 115th Fighter Wing commander as they toured each group introducing Loh to the Airmen and their developing work centers.

    During the tour, leadership demonstrated the conversion’s impact throughout the local community. They viewed new and updated facilities including the fire department which supports the entire Dane County Regional Airport and the new medical facility which partners with the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield explosive Enhanced Response Force Package that can respond to civilian crises. Loh had the opportunity to operate a brand new flight simulator as well as tour the Wing’s upgraded facilities, the first to terminate all use of foam-based fire suppression systems across the U.S. Air Force.

    The fighter wing group commanders briefed Loh on conversion progress highlighting successes and challenges each group is facing.

    “General Loh’s visit provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the exceptional efforts by our Airmen to successfully accomplish the transition to the F-35.” said Van Roo. “Our experiences can now help General Loh to better support the needs of future ANG F-35 units.”

    Dianne Loh took the time to meet with the unit’s key spouses and several helping agencies to discuss the challenges members and their families are faced with concerning child care and health insurance policies.

    During his tour, Loh took the opportunity to recognize outstanding performers throughout the unit. He also ate lunch with the unit’s quarterly award winners and top six performers from the WI ANG influencer program recognizing them for their achievements.

    While reflecting with Van Roo on the day’s events Loh described the unit as ‘Nullis secundus, second to none’.


    Date Taken: 03.02.2024
    Date Posted: 04.01.2024 13:54
    Story ID: 466901

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