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  • 104th Fighter Wing Always Prepared

    The 104th Fighter Wing completed a Phase I and Phase II Operational Readiness Exercise, Eagle Claw. The exercise took place at Barnes Air National base, Westfield, Massachusetts, Sept. 9, 2017 through Sept. 10, 2017 and Oct. 14, 2017 through Oct. 15, 2017. All units with a wartime mission are evaluated on their operational readiness or their ability to conduct combat operations in wartime.
  • 104th Fighter Wing Reaches Out to Refugee Students

    WESTFIELD, Mass. – On the last day of school with the air full of excitement for summer Col. Tom Bladen, 104th Fighter Wing operations group commander, entered the art-filled halls at Highland Elementary School on his way to visit 8-12-year-old students. The visit was to engage with refugee students who have been in Massachusetts for three months to three years.
  • 104th Fighter Wing Hosts Major Accident Response Exercise with Local Agencies

    In preparation for the 2017 Westfield International Air Show, celebrating a Century of Air Power, on August 12-13, the 104th Fighter Wing hosted local community partners to participate in a Major Accident Response Exercise. Our community partners came from Westfield Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Massachusetts State Police, Emergency
  • 104th Fighter Wing Participates in Large Excercise at Logan Airport

    The 104th Fighter Wing Medical Group sent a team of medics, flight surgeons and support personnel to participate in the largest joint triage event held at Logan International Airport on Thursday June 8.The exercise organized by Veterans Affairs Boston helped participating organizations actually practice receiving patients from a mass casualty
  • 104th Fighter Wing Total Force Change of Command

    Col. James M. Suhr assumed command of the 104th Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony held at Barnes Air National Guard Base, March 5, 2017. Suhr is the first active duty commander for the 104th Fighter Wing.  He is a dual status commander as both an active duty and Massachusetts National Guard officer as a part of an initiative known as
  • Barnestormers 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
  • New policy eases recruiting restrictions on tattoos, asthma, more

    Changes to the Air Force’s recruiting policy on tattoos, eczema, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, asthma and pre-service marijuana use took effect Feb. 1, now allowing some previously disqualified recruits the opportunity to enlist.
  • Guardsmen Honored at Annual Award Banquet

    Nearly 400 Airmen and their families attended the ceremony to recognize and celebrate the some of the Wing's outstanding members of 2016 and to reflect on the major events of the past year."This is a unit that for many years has continually overcome adversity and loss," said the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, Maj. Gen. Gary
  • 104th FW Metals Technology Airmen Fabricate Tools for Air National Guard F-15 Units--What Goes Fast Must Slow Down

    What goes up must come down. The same is true especially when it is a fast flying F-15 Eagle. What goes fast must slow down. We don't often think about the brakes first when admiring the fast flying F-15 although a key component of the aircraft. The 104th Fighter Wing Metals Technology Fabrications Branch is currently in charge of fabricating tools
  • Wrenches Turn and Combat Sorties are generated by the hands of the 104th Fighter Wing Airmen

    More than 500 Airmen of the 104th Fighter Wing's operations, aircraft maintenance, and logistics units brought their skills to the flight line at Barnes Air National Guard Base to dominate air power as they took part in Eagle Claw."Barnestormers continue to strive to be the most respected and sought-after Air Superiority team in the Air Force,"