104th Fighter Wing Supports Run to Home Base with Fly Over and Honor Guard Member

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July 14, 2017

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

104th Fighter Wing Supports Run to Home Base with Fly Over and Honor Guard Member

 

BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTFIELD, Mass. – The 104th Fighter Wing will perform an F-15 Eagle flyover for the Red Sox pregame ceremonies in honor of military veterans, Saturday at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts.

 

The 104th Fighter Wing will be supporting the Run to Home Base pregame ceremony as part of a tribute for military veterans. This year Run to Home base will honor the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.  As part of the opening ceremonies over 1,000 veterans will be welcomed onto the ball field.

 

"It is a special privilege to be a part of a ceremony which honors veterans who fought for this country,” said Lt. Col. Travis ‘Beast’ Hazeltine. “Veterans of the Vietnam War are an incredible group of men and women who deserve our utmost respect and honor.  The 104th Fighter Wing is especially honored to show our appreciation during this formal welcome home ceremony at Fenway Park."

 

Each year the 104th FW selects one airman to participate in the opening ceremonies as a member of the joint honor guard.  This year Tech. Sgt. John Roach from the Security Forces Squadron was selected.

 

“I am very excited to participate in this event and support my fellow troops,” said Roach.

 

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The 104th Fighter Wing is equipped with the F-15 Eagle. One mission of the 104th is Aerospace Control Alert (ACA), providing armed fighters ready to scramble in a moment's notice to protect the Northeast from any airborne threat. The unit is responsible for protecting a quarter of the nation's population and over one third of the Gross Domestic Product.