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  • Being the Bad Guy

    On November 5, 2010, 88 members of the 104th Fighter Wing with 5 of their F-15 C/Ds traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to play the role of aggressor for the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base.For two weeks the 104th Fighter Wing pilots will simulate the tactics of opposing nations and engage F-16s, other F-15s, and F-22s during
  • Order of the Musket

    On Saturday night, 6 February 2010, Major General Richard Platt (ret) received the highest honor the enlisted corps of the 104th Fighter Wing can bestow upon an individual, The Order of the Musket. This is only the second time this award has been presented, the first time being to Major General George Keefe (ret) in October 2005.Over 230 men and
  • Airmen in Focus - Senior Airman Travis Miller

    Senior Airman Travis Miller joined the Air Force later in life than most of his colleagues in the Medals Technology shop here at the 104th. Being a 29 year old enlistee is never easy. However, he had always been keenly aware of a family military legacy that influenced his decision. Miller's grandfather was Tech. Sgt. Charlie Samson, a Tail Gunner
  • Operation Rising Water

    Over 1000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard answered the call to duty in response to the historic floods of March 2010. Soldiers and Airmen worked diligently in the driving rain for over four days and nights to assist residents of the communities impacted by the cresting waters.Members of the 104th FW, 212th EIS (Engineering Installation
  • History of the F-100 Memorial ~ Part VIII

    Maj. John Southrey of Granby, Connecticut died when his jet collided with another jet near Wells, New York on September 17th, 1986. The pilot of the other plane, Michael Kohut, of Chicopee, Mass., survived the crash after being transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital with a fracture of the lower back. The two A-10s collided over wells, NY
  • Eat your Fruits and Veggies!

    Almost Everyone Needs to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables!A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. To get the amount that's recommended, most people need to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they currently eat every day.Fruits and vegetables come in terrific colors and flavors, but
  • Airmen in Focus - SrA Austin Putnam

    The 104th Fighter Wing honors one deserving Airman annually as its "Outstanding Airman of the Year." The 2010 award was earned by SrA Austin Putnam.Putnam, a native of Westfield, serves as a specialist in Aircraft Fuel System Maintenance. This position entails several critical tasks including repair, inspection, preventative maintenance of the
  • History of the F-100 Memorial ~ Part VII

    Capt. Leonard E. Bannish of Westfield died when his F-84F Thunderstreak crashed during a training flight near Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on May 30th, 1968. Crashed while attempting an emergency landing at the Wilkes-Barre PA airport.
  • Thunderbirds Approach

    A meeting was held on 18 Feb here at the 104th Fighter Wing to plan and discuss the upcoming air show on 21 & 22 August 2010.The Thunderbird #8 - advance pilot, Major Tony Muthare, was in attendance as well as several members of the 104th command staff. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration attended and are a key component of the
  • History of the F-100 Memorial ~ Part V

    Major Richard W. Mahoney died when his jet flamed out and crash-landed near the New Orleans Naval Air Station, New Orleans, LA on April 22nd, 1961. He and his passenger, Major Philip B. Burke, were returning home from a commander's conference at Ellington AFB, Houston, Texas. Burke walked away from the crash with numerous cuts and mild shock.