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  • Enhanced Student Flight Training

    It is still dark out on a Saturday morning in March. Student Flight members and a few staff members from the 104th Fighter Wing prepare to embark upon a rather non-traditional training weekend. It is not an Air Force bus pulling through the gates of Lackland Air Force Base, but rather a caravan of vehicles that trek from Westfield to Otis Air
  • Barnes Practices Alert Scramble

    The countdown to January 2010 is quickly rolling by, we are less then 9 months away from being operational in our new Air Sovereignty Alert mission. On 26 March at 2:00 p.m. the wing practiced its first exercise scramble. This exercise is the first of many in order to get the wing ready for its new mission. With this exercise scenario, the
  • 104th Member Thanks His Employer

    The Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR) works to improve relationships between businesses who employ members of the Guard and Reserve and the reservists. One way they do this is through recognizing businesses who go above and beyond to support their employees who also serve the country through uniformed service. Early this year,
  • Mission Support Flight Donates Wii to Vets

    On the morning of December 12th, several members of the Mission Support Flight and one member from Fighter Wing Headquarters delivered a Nintendo Wii and assorted games to the Holyoke Soldiers Home, as a way of saying Merry Christmas and thank-you to the veterans for their military service. The members that live at the home permanently will utilize
  • Jingle Bell Run, 70 Go the Distance

    When Senior Master Sgt. Tomas Orifice from the aircraft fuels section heard the story of retired Chief Master Sgt. Vinnie Spanillo of the Conn. Air National Guard receiving a kidney donation from retired Col. Jack Swift also of the guard, he was so moved that he wanted to make sure others new about how one life could literally save another. He
  • Westfield Joins ESGR Mission

    8 December Mayor Michael Boulanger signed a Statement of Support, declaring the city would do everything in its power to support its employees who are also members of the National Guard or Reserves. The 'Statement of Support' is a symbolic gesture reassuring that the Mayor will continue support the member of the National Guard and Reserves that are
  • Annual Award Program and CCAF Graduation

    On December 6th the 104th Fighter Wing held its 35th annual awards ceremony to honor members of the unit who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. While recognizing members who did their military jobs superbly, it also honored many individuals who stood out in other ways; such as those who opened up their hearts through volunteer activities,
  • Veterans Part of 104th Family

    The U.S. population is a little over 306 million, of which 24.5 million are veterans, and of the veteran population, 9.5 million are over the age of 65, dieing at a rate of 1.8 thousand each day. The later of those figures help us to realize that the veteran who are part of our lives, need to be recognized now. As we just celebrated the 89th
  • Spotlight on Airman First Class Jesse Edwards

    As one of the many necessary departments and offices included in the 104th Fighter Wing, Munitions keeps the F-15s missiles, bombs, and other air combat equipment dialed and ready for any mission. Airman First Class Jesse Edwards, munitions apprentice, is one of the members that makes this possible. Airman Edwards of Greenfield, Mass. has been
  • Wounded Warrior Slaydon Inspires Barnes

    Last drill weekend I had the distinct privilege of escorting SSgt. Matthew Slaydon and his wife Annette throughout Barnes to various shops. Those fortunate enough to hear his message saw the strength and positive attitude this young hero displayed. Staff Sgt. Slaydon was extremely explicit and concise about taking care of people, he was on his