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  • State partnership program hosts Paraguayan leaders

    The State Partnership program is an important program for the National Guard, in that it partners States with developing countries, encouraging dialog and collaboration. Massachusetts sister country is Paraguay. Over the past 5 years delegations from Massachusetts and Paraguay have visited each other, providing support in the realms of education,
  • April 19, 1775

    One of my favorite family traditions each year is to attend the Lexington Reenactment on Patriots Day - this year on Monday, April 18th. The event for me reflects on the rich history of the National Guard, when on April 19, 1775, Patriots who lived in Lexington, Massachusetts, bravely defended their community against British attack. During the
  • Airman in Focus: Master Sgt. Sandra Woodin

    Master Sgt. Sandra Woodin joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in 2001. She originally enlisted as an active-duty member, following in her brother's footsteps. Prior to her career in the ANG, she served on active duty for four years as an avionics technician at Travis Air Force Base in California and Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota."Being a
  • Retired Chief still serving

    With his military career beginning in 1973, the last thing Chief Master Sgt. Laurence Heller ever did was to imagine his life 38 years in the future, when he would put his military uniform on for the last time; but as he humbly said to me during a one on one interview in January, all good things come to end, but what a ride it has been".It was
  • Airman in Focus: Senior Airman Ian McAlister

    Senior Airman Ian McAlister of the Maintenance Group (MXS) has made his mark since joining the unit in 2005, and personifies the selfless spirit of the next generation of unit members. At 6 ft 5, the Tolland, MA native is hard to miss. McAlister was named the Airman of the Year of the 104th Maintenance Group and has been nominated for Airman of the
  • Hometown heroes recognized

    More than 200 service members were recognized as hometown heroes during a ceremony on Dec. 4 at the Army Aviation Support Facility. Those honored served active-duty for a minimum of 30 days between Sept. 11 , 2001 and Dec. 31, 2008."The Air National Guard created a program to recognize unit members, their families, and their employers, for the
  • Airman in Focus - Staff Sgt. Robert Eisnor

    Recently returned from a 5-mile road march, Staff Sgt. Robert Eisnor drops his 50 pound pack and begins to attend to the assorted paperwork on his desk in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit here at Barnes. He dutifully sorts through the forms and folders that pertain to his upcoming deployment to Southwest Asia. The Worcester native has
  • Airmen in Focus - Senior Airman Tanya Kawolis

    It takes a team to make a large scale deployment happen, just ask Senior Airman Tanya Kawolis, from Hyannis, MA, who is on her first operational deployment to Nellis Air Force Base Nevada with the 104th Fighter Wing.Kawolis came to the 104th after spending the first year of her enlistment at the 102nd Fighter Wing in Otis, MA before it converted to
  • Incentive Program at Nellis

    When you work all day long in the hot Nevada sun preparing F-15s for flight, or you struggled for weeks before a deployment, readying cargo and coordinating airlift for a mission, an opportunity to be part of the execution of the mission, from the backseat is an invaluable tool for motivating and educating the Airmen who work so hard for missions
  • Environmental Award

    There are many things the Barnes is known for: operational excellence, it's alert mission, and its environmental protection program. The 104th Fighter Wing's environmental office, led by Mr. John Richardson was award for the second time this year for its dedication to protecting the environment. Earlier this year, Richardson and the assistant base
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