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  • Europe 2016: How Your Sacrifice Impacted American Security

    The 104th Fighter Wing is small. It's lean. It's efficient. It's a tight-knit family. And this spring, it had a huge impact on national security. It was amazing for me to see how our little base projected global power and gave our national leadership just a little more political capital. The entire wing should be proud of how all of our functions
  • Commander’s Column

    The Civil Engineer Squadron is a highly diverse organization, including explosive ordinance disposal, emergency management, fire department, engineering and facility operations and maintenance. These functions do not necessarily overlap and you may find yourself asking, "What does EOD have to do with facility operations and maintenance or fire and
  • Commander’s Column

    "I was once a Barnestormer!" I know I'll repeat this phrase many times over the course of my retirement years, and each time I do, my face will be beaming with pride.First of all, congratulations on the successful Unit Effectiveness Inspection (UEI)! The overall grade of EFFECTIVE definitely goes in the "win" column and it doesn't even begin to
  • Commander’s Column

    Last month we held a Strategic Planning conference at the Southbridge Convention Center. Approximately 50 members from the wing, representing all groups, AFSCs, ranks and statuses, met to discuss the future of the 104th Fighter Wing. Our goal for this event was to determine what the wing should look like in the 5-10 years that lies ahead of us, and
  • Commander’s Column

    Happy Holidays!Another year has rushed by in what seems to be a blink of an eye! As we wind down 2014 and look to the future of 2015, we have much to be proud of and thankful for as a wing. The year 2014 was witness to several firsts for the wing. Here are some of the highlights...While executing our wing's primary air superiority mission we
  • Commander’s Column

    "Happy fiscal New Year!"Fiscal year 2014 comes to a close and we start another fiscal cycle here at the 104th. The good news is that we are under a Continuing Resolution and have money to operate until mid-December. The bad news is we are not really sure where the DoD and ANG budgets will fall. There are several uncertainties with the President's
  • Commander's Column

    Staying relevant is hard work.As I walk around the base and speak to members of our Wing, I have noticed I am asked a reoccurring question, "Sir, why are we so busy?" The answer is not a simple one. It has to do with both the strategic changes affecting the National Guard over the last two plus decades and the local issues here at the 104th Fighter
  • Commander's Column

    Eventually, it happens to all of us...Not that long ago, I remember thinking that my career at the 104th Fighter Wing was starting to wind down - the time between then and now has flown by - and retirement is knocking on my door! May 31, 2014 will be my last day in uniform; bringing to a close a very significant chapter in my life. I've served for
  • Commander's Column

    Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks...As promised in recent meetings, articles, and e-mails, we will start 2014 with a focus on implementing the new Air Force Inspection System (AFIS). During a recent discussion I had with our vice wing commander, I found myself slipping back into the old mentality of, "how do we beat the Air Combat Command (ACC)
  • Commander's Column

    2014: Another Year of challengesWelcome 2014! We are pleased that Congress has passed a budget, with much deliberation. The exact numbers and implications of this budget are yet to be released, but the comforting thing is that we can plan on something. The challenges faced by Congress to pass a budget, the debt ceiling battles, and continuing
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