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The Blue Angels stream smoke as they fly an upside-down loop during a 2011 performance in Lincoln for the Guardians of Freedom Airshow.
The Blue Angels stream smoke as they fly an upside-down loop during a 2011 performance in Lincoln for the Guardians of Freedom Airshow.
Bohac
Bohac

The Nebraska National Guard wants volunteers.

Along with the Lincoln Airport Authority and Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the National Guard is looking for people to help with the upcoming Guardians of Freedom Air Show.

“I hope you’ll come out and be part of that,” Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska’s adjutant general, said to a crowd of businesspeople Wednesday at the Face the Chamber luncheon.

He also talked about the importance of the National Guard to Lincoln’s economy.

The Nebraska National Guard employs 832 full-time employees in Lincoln. They are 75 percent of the guard’s full-time employees in the state and earn $54.5 million collectively each year, he said.

The Guard  is also vital to the nation he said, noting that 128 personnel from Nebraska are serving overseas.

“Our nation cannot meet its security needs without us,” he said.

Bohac thanked employers at the luncheon who support their employees serving in the National Guard.

“Without that, we couldn’t do what we do,” he said.

The Guardians of Freedom Air Show will be May 7-8 at the Lincoln Airport and will feature the Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. Bohac said the free event also will feature a demonstration by an F-22 Raptor fighter jet, as well as other military and civilian aircraft.

The event will include a demonstration by the Blue Angels’ C-130 transport, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” Military ground demonstrations also will take place.

Tracie Simpson, services coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce, said more than 500 people have signed up to volunteer but organizers need 130 more. She said they typically seek groups of at least 12 and need at least three more groups that size that have food handler permits.

The Chamber of Commerce will pay for volunteers to earn their permits, she said.

And, she said, organizers will pay groups to which volunteers belong $55 per day for each volunteer they provide. Typically, volunteers work in concessions and retail, selling food, ice cream and souvenirs.

This year, the Guardians of Freedom Air Show features a mobile app that people can download. Find more information at lincolnairshow.com.

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