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    An outbreak of severe lung disease among users of electronic cigarettes continues to spread to new patients and states, and public health officials say it's too soon to point to a cause.Vaping was initially heralded as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes and was supposed to be a way for people to stop smoking all together, instead, there
  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

    It’s unthinkable, but every year, thousands of children become victims of crimes—whether it’s through kidnappings, violent attacks, sexual abuse, or online predators.
  • Inspired by History

    Hello from across the pond. Each day has brought new challenges, achievements, and memorable experiences at our location. Today, I was inspired to write to all of you. This morning, I attended an event to kick off the start of Black History Month, and I couldn’t help but come back and put it on paper.
  • 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