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  • Barnestormer Airmen Deliver Munitions for the Mission

    Air Power starts with the weapons loaders as they bring the boom to the Weapons Systems Evaluation Program (WSEP), at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. A crew of three Airmen from the 104th Fighter Wing step to the aircraft preparing to load munitions for the mission at WSEP. “You load the aircraft up and the missiles are gone when they return back to the base,” said Staff Sgt. Nick Albert. “We don’t get to see that every day. It’s cool to see the jets come back without the missiles and know we were a part of making it happen.” Tech. Sgt. Lucas Hagopian, Staff Sgt. Timothy Mannion, and Staff Sgt. Nick Albert are a team of three weapons loaders from Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. Their mission is to ensure weapons loaded on the 104th Fighter Wing’s F-15 Eagles work properly for air crews at home station and deployed.
  • 104th Fighter Wing Maintainer of the Year Protects U.S. Air Space in Northeast

    As the call is received crews scramble to the hangar, check lists procedures are under way, and moments later the F-15 Eagle aircraft takes off to secure the skies over our homeland. Any day or night of the week alert operations can arise and crews will rush out, leaving a gust of wind in the halls of the alert facility at Barnes Air National Guard
  • Why I Ruck

    Last year I endeavored upon a noble feat. To walk with military bearing, under a physical load, in the memory of a fallen Marine. It seemed easy enough, to walk straight forward with a ruck-sack on my back for up to eight hours. Seldom do we anticipate the finer details in life.Lance Cpl. Walter K. O'Haire of Lynn, Massachusetts was KIA, May 9,
  • F-15A Future Static Display Aircraft Cocooned

    During the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) of 2006 the 104th Fighter Wing learned that our mission had changed and we would be exchanging our beloved A-10 Thunderbolt IIs for the F-15C/D Eagle. Sadly, our brothers and sisters at the east end of our state, the 102nd Fighter Wing from Otis ANGB, were also changing missions and would become the
  • 104th FW Participates in multinational exercise in Malaysia

    Airmen from the 104th Fighter Wing took part in Exercise Cope Taufan 2014, a biennial large force exercise between the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the United States Air Force from June 9-20, 2014.The objective of Exercise Cope Taufan is to enhance the combined readiness and interoperability of the Malaysian and U.S Air Forces while
  • August 2014 Commander's call

    The 104th Fighter Wing gathered Saturday afternoon in the main hangar to recognize the advancement and achievement of some of their brightest stars. The Commanders Call included the presentation of the Legion of Merit to Col. Kenneth Lambrich, the promotion of Col. Ann Ware, the Maintenance Operations Flight Change of Command from Maj. Jason
  • The enlisted voice

    Several members of the 104th Fighter Wing attended the Command Chief Induction Ceremony held on May 4, 2014 at the dining facility located at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts. This event celebrated the ascension of former Senior Master Sergeants Andres Huxtable and Paul Turgeon to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the
  • Federal Women Program awards

    Diversity is by definition about differences, but differences are celebrated in the Guard because they add value to the organization. With differences bring unique perspectives, cultural understandings, and through learning about and by promoting the attributes that make us different we actually break down the barriers that these differences can
  • Outstanding NCO award presented to Staff Sgt. Robert Krider

    Each year, the Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County honors one service. This year's honor went to the United States Air Force and was celebrated at the College of the Holy Cross's 87th Annual dinner, May 17, 2014. Since 1971 the Committee has recognized its first outstanding non-commissioned officer. The branch of service being honored makes
  • TIME Workshop

    It's time for the TIME workshop again! The TIME workshop, which stands for Technical Sergeants Involved and Mentoring Enlisted airmen, was held at the Southbridge Convention Center, from May 12-15, 2014. This was the second year for the four day interactive workshop, which is organized by Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ). There were approximately
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