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  • Family Bonds at the 104th

    'I just wanted to make my parents proud,' is a common sentiment shared by military personnel when asked about their inspiration for joining the military.Military members serve for many reasons; duty, honor and country are always a common thread. However, for many Massachusetts Guardsmen serving in uniform is a family tradition that spans
  • Deployment Exercise

    426 members of the wing were mobilized and all unit members played a role in a two-day deployment exercise during the November drill that was designed to prepare Airmen for the process if they and the wing's aircraft were called to active duty."Pax in, Pax out," became a familiar refrain to anyone who participated in the simulated deployment. The
  • Turkey Drop

  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Visits Barnes

    Col Robert T. Brooks Jr., 104th Fighter Wing Commander and Mr. Brian Barnes, Barnes Airport Manager, graciously welcomed Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife Deborah as they debarked their aircraft at Barnes Airport on 29 October. The Chairman was honored with an award from the 'Soldier On' committee in Holyoke
  • Force Support Squadron NCOs Honored

    The 2009 Hennessy Travelers Association Educational Foundation Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence held its annual educational experience at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone Campus in Napa Valley, California from October 4th - 10th. Twenty-five honorees from the Armed Forces who serve in foodservice operations around the world
  • Anatomy of a Bird Strike

    Aircraft bird strikes are a constant threat to aircraft. This is a well known and documented fact, not only at Barnes Air National Guard Base, but throughout the United States Air Force, and at airports throughout the world. Bird strikes have caused minor and major incidences since 1905, dating back to notes of bird strikes in the Wright Brothers
  • History of the F-100 Memorial ~ Part I

    Every year the wing rededicates the F-100 Memorial in honor of the its lost heroes. Many of those members passed well before any of the current members began working at the base. To better understand these members sacrifices, the Airscoop will feature a vignette or biography of a member whose name is affixed on the monument.. 1st Lt Edward W.
  • Band of the Northeast’s Busy Summer

    MILFORD, MA - By any measure, the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast's (ANGBNE) recent summer concert tour was a tremendous success. Under the musical direction of SMS gt Bill Drury, the unit was well-received during its nine performances in Massachusetts and Connecticut from July 2-11. The nine-city tour began with an indoor performance by
  • Student Flight Welcomes Training Ops at Camp Edwards

    As the rest of the 104 FW was enjoying the month of July without a UTA, Student Flight was charging on! On Friday, July 17th, 39 members of the 104th embarked on a three day excursion to Camp Edwards as part of the Massachusetts Recruit Sustainment Program with the Army National Guard. This total included 12 members who are coded as student leaders
  • ESGR Awards Pittsfield Mayor

    Mayor James Ruberto of Pittsfield recently received an ESGR Patriot award for his support of the Guard and Reserve members who work for the city of Pittsfield. Mr. Earl Bonnet (L), Mayor Ruberto (C) and Staff Sgt. Rosanne Frieri (R) pose for a photo at Pittsfield City Hall on 16 July. Staff Sgt Frieri works full time as the Pittsfield's Veterans