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  • 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,"
  • 104th Fighter Wing Learns what "DPH" stands for as they get to know their "DPH"

    Michelle Pennington, the 104th Fighter Wing's new Director of Psychological Health, joined the wing this year to support Airmen and their families during all seasons of life."Everyone comes with different experiences, backgrounds and needs," said Pennington. "Listening is the first step to being able to help. When someone takes the time to listen,
  • A Ten-Year old's Quest to Thank Veterans

    Ten-year old Jeffrey from Agawam, Mass., is on a quest to thank as many Veterans as he can before Veteran's Day. His quest started when he first shook a Veteran's hand in the grocery store and felt good being able to say "Thank you" to those wearing the Veteran hats."We saw a Veteran in the grocery store and Jeffrey came up to me and asked to go
  • Kenyan Air Force Leaders Visit Massachusetts National Guard Leaders

    Leaders from the Kenyan Air Force had their initial visit to Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts, October 15, 2016. Together with leadership from the 104th Fighter Wing and the 226th Division Army National Guard Aviation Support Battalion, they eagerly began to discuss the State Partnership Program (SPP) with each other."We can
  • Building Relationships in Kenya

    Hearts and lives were touched by Airmen who traveled to Kenya on a medical mission, and the Airmen returned home to Massachusetts with a humbling experience.The 104th Fighter Wing, Medical Group deployed in support of a medical outreach in Kenya as part of the State Partnership Program."It was definitely a humbling experience. It was an eye opener