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In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large and Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey sits down with Colonel Cynthia Smith. Col. Smith is the Commander of the 186th Air Refueling Wing which is located at Key Field Air National Guard Base in Meridian, Mississippi.

The 186th Air Refueling Wing provides over 1,100 personnel and eight KC-135R aircraft to Air Mobility Command for worldwide operations and much more. Col. Smith, who is from Meridian, graduated from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi in 1997, earning a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation with concentrations in both Flight Operations and Aviation Management and joined the Mississippi Air National Guard in 1998.

Colonel Smith talks about the mission of the Guard and reminds us all that the Guard members are our friends and neighbors.



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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.