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  • Veteran Pilots Visit Barnes

    Throughout the summer, the 104th Fighter Wing hosted many visitors and tours. The groups included Boy Scouts, Check Writers Company, deployed family members, Employers in Support of the Guard and Reserve...and a very special pair of notable veteran fighter pilots. On July 31, Col. Don Ryan (ret.) and Ken Rowe visited the 104th, for a VIP tour of
  • Security Forces Coming Home

    Citizen Airmen returning from Iraq with honor It has been said that "time flies when you're having fun." Well, I can tell you the time has flown by during our deployment here to Sather Air Base in Baghdad, Iraq. However, I think if you asked the men and women of the 447th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, they would rephrase it to say "Time
  • Relay 2008

    Base Honor Guard and Safety Go the Extra Mile On a beautiful Friday afternoon I was honored to watch our 104th Base Honor Guard provided our local community with a truly professional and patriotic opening to this years Greater Springfield American Cancer Society's "Relay For Life" held at Springfield College, 30May08. For those of you who want to
  • F-22 Future…?

    Vision is an important part of an agencies growth; this is specifically true when it pertains to an evolving and dynamic institution like the military. The Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Michael Moseley, highlighted Barnes Air National Guard Base as a possible future home for either the F-22 Raptor or the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in one of his
  • McKinley visits Barnes

    The 104th Fighter Wing of Barnes Air National Guard Base was honored by a visit from Lt. Gen. Craig McKinley, director of the Air National Guard, on April 5. This was the first time that an Air National Guard Director had visited Barnes in more than a decade. The director's visit focused on the bases operational transition into an air defense
  • Staff Sgt. Kearns, Airman of the Year 2007

    Amid all the Airmen in the Massachusetts Air National Guard, one stands out as the best. Newly promoted Staff Sgt. Michael Kearns was selected as the Airman of the Year for 2007. Kearns, a 25-year-old native of West Springfield, joined the Air National Guard four years ago. Since joining, he has established himself as a razor-sharp troop, who has
  • New faces in Operations Group

    The 104th Operations Group will be going through some changes, command changes that is. Lt. Col. Kenneth Lambrich will take command of the Operations Group from Col. Jon Mott during a ceremony on February 9th at 3:30 p.m. in the main hangar here. This change is particularly meaningful in that Lt. Col. Lambrich will be the first pilot hired from the
  • F-15s return to flight

    The 104th Fighter Wing located at Barnes Air National has successfully completed tests on its new BAK-12/14 aircraft arresting system. The arresting system is one of the many safety systems in-place for the wing to begin flying their new F-15 aircraft. The BAK-12/14 is a cabling system that will aid in stopping the aircraft in the event of an
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