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Staff Sgt. Timothy Mannion, the Three Man on the load crew, drives the jammer while Tech. Sgt. Lucas Hagopian, Weapons Load Crew Chief, oversees the load crew arming the 104th Fighter Wing's F-15 Eagle operations at the U.S. Air Force's Weapons System Evaluation Program at Tyndall, Air Force Base. The purpose of WSEP is to gauge operational effectiveness, to verify weapons system performance, determine reliability, and evaluate capability. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey) Barnestormer Airmen Deliver Munitions for the Mission
Air Power starts with the weapons loaders as they bring the boom to the Weapons Systems Evaluation Program (WSEP), at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. A crew of three Airmen from the 104th Fighter Wing step to the aircraft preparing to load munitions for the mission at WSEP. “You load the aircraft up and the missiles are gone when they return back to the base,” said Staff Sgt. Nick Albert. “We don’t get to see that every day. It’s cool to see the jets come back without the missiles and know we were a part of making it happen.” Tech. Sgt. Lucas Hagopian, Staff Sgt. Timothy Mannion, and Staff Sgt. Nick Albert are a team of three weapons loaders from Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. Their mission is to ensure weapons loaded on the 104th Fighter Wing’s F-15 Eagles work properly for air crews at home station and deployed.
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Default Air Force Logo 104th Fighter Wing Maintainer of the Year Protects U.S. Air Space in Northeast
As the call is received crews scramble to the hangar, check lists procedures are under way, and moments later the F-15 Eagle aircraft takes off to secure the skies over our homeland. Any day or night of the week alert operations can arise and crews will rush out, leaving a gust of wind in the halls of the alert facility at Barnes Air National Guard
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Default Air Force Logo Why I Ruck
Last year I endeavored upon a noble feat. To walk with military bearing, under a physical load, in the memory of a fallen Marine. It seemed easy enough, to walk straight forward with a ruck-sack on my back for up to eight hours. Seldom do we anticipate the finer details in life.Lance Cpl. Walter K. O'Haire of Lynn, Massachusetts was KIA, May 9,
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Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc. shrink wraps an F-15A Eagle for storage while a permanent location for this static display is selected and built.
(U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Wayne Brown/Released) F-15A Future Static Display Aircraft Cocooned
During the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) of 2006 the 104th Fighter Wing learned that our mission had changed and we would be exchanging our beloved A-10 Thunderbolt IIs for the F-15C/D Eagle. Sadly, our brothers and sisters at the east end of our state, the 102nd Fighter Wing from Otis ANGB, were also changing missions and would become the
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A Massachusetts National Guard F-15 Eagle from the 104th Fighter Wing takes off for the final sortie of Cope Taufan, P. U. Butterworth, Malaysia, June 19, 2014. Cope Taufan is a two week exercise that reinforces U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Cooperation goals for the Southeast Asian region and demonstrates U.S. capability to project forces strategically in a combined, joint environment. More than 450 Airmen are participating, as well as four U.S. Air Force airframes. (U.S. Air Force Photo By Tech Sgt. Andrew L. Jackson / Unclassified, and Released.) 104th FW Participates in multinational exercise in Malaysia
Airmen from the 104th Fighter Wing took part in Exercise Cope Taufan 2014, a biennial large force exercise between the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the United States Air Force from June 9-20, 2014.The objective of Exercise Cope Taufan is to enhance the combined readiness and interoperability of the Malaysian and U.S Air Forces while
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1st Lt. Jason Hickox stands by ready to assume command from Maj. Jason Roberts. The Maintenance Operations Flight change of command ceremony was held Aug. 2, 2014, in the main hangar at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Mass., where 1st Lt. Jason Hickox assumed command from Maj. Jason Roberts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark Fortin/Released) August 2014 Commander's call
The 104th Fighter Wing gathered Saturday afternoon in the main hangar to recognize the advancement and achievement of some of their brightest stars. The Commanders Call included the presentation of the Legion of Merit to Col. Kenneth Lambrich, the promotion of Col. Ann Ware, the Maintenance Operations Flight Change of Command from Maj. Jason
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Default Air Force Logo The enlisted voice
Several members of the 104th Fighter Wing attended the Command Chief Induction Ceremony held on May 4, 2014 at the dining facility located at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts. This event celebrated the ascension of former Senior Master Sergeants Andres Huxtable and Paul Turgeon to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the
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Default Air Force Logo Federal Women Program awards
Diversity is by definition about differences, but differences are celebrated in the Guard because they add value to the organization. With differences bring unique perspectives, cultural understandings, and through learning about and by promoting the attributes that make us different we actually break down the barriers that these differences can
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Default Air Force Logo Outstanding NCO award presented to Staff Sgt. Robert Krider
Each year, the Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County honors one service. This year's honor went to the United States Air Force and was celebrated at the College of the Holy Cross's 87th Annual dinner, May 17, 2014. Since 1971 the Committee has recognized its first outstanding non-commissioned officer. The branch of service being honored makes
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Default Air Force Logo TIME Workshop
It's time for the TIME workshop again! The TIME workshop, which stands for Technical Sergeants Involved and Mentoring Enlisted airmen, was held at the Southbridge Convention Center, from May 12-15, 2014. This was the second year for the four day interactive workshop, which is organized by Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ). There were approximately
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