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Master Sgt. Eric Odiorne reads a letter from a ???soldier to his sweetheart back in the states,??? as part of the Air National Guard Band of the South???s tribute to the armed forces, during their July 4, 2014 concert in Panama City, Fla. Odiorne is retiring from the service after service 24 years as a military percussionist. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paul Mann/Released) Air Guard percussionist taps out after 24-year performance
A typical annual training, or A.T. day, has different definitions for nearly every member of the Air National Guard. The definition for the Air National Guard Band of the South on July 3 was a two-hour road trip that started at 5 a.m. However, for one band member it was a ride to his farewell performance.After 24 years in team harmony with military
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MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Retired Chief Master Sgt. Lynn E. Alexander, former senior enlisted advisor to the Director of the Air National Guard, speaks to more than 400 Airmen here Oct. 31, 2008, who honored Lt. Gen. Craig R. McKinley, director of the Air National Guard, at the Order of the Sword ceremony.  Also pictured are retired Chief Master Sgt. Richard A. Smith, former senior enlisted advisor, left, and the 15th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Rodney J. McKinley, right. The Order of the Sword honors leaders who "make a significant contribution to the enlisted corps." (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released) Square knot’s secret revealed in Air National Guard ceremonial sword
An Air National Guard history document that features how the ceremonial Order of the Sword was forged has recently solved the mystery of why a stranded-wire square knot ended up on the handle, and more.The questions came after the five foot long sword was moved last summer to the Air National Guard Readiness Center's lobby in Maryland after 17
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