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  • Welcome Homes, Changes of Command, & Activations

    Col. Robert Brooks, Commander of the 104 Fighter Wing hosted a commander's call on 3 October in which many individuals were recognized. The event began with recognizing 14 members who returned recently from deployments in support of the contingency operations overseas. The members were assigned to the four groups and deployed to bases in
  • Paraguayans Visit Barnes

    Winston Churchill said, "If we are together, nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail." It is in this vain that the National Guard Bureau along with the Adjutant Generals of the 50 states and U.S. territories began the State Partnership Program in 1993 The purpose of this program is to work with partnered countries and assist in the
  • Award Winning Dining Facility

    It was 10 years ago last month when the new 104th Dining Facility opened its doors. The ribbon cutting took place at the front entrance with U.S. Rep. John Oliver, D-Amherst, Lt. Col. Dan Swift, Wing Commander, Maj. Gen. Raymond Vezina, State TAG, Maj. Gen. Richard Platt and Sam Carpetta, the general contractor. The $2.2 million building with
  • Airman Spotlight : Senior Airman John Bermudez

    Recently, I was given the opportunity to take a behind the scenes look and learn all the secrets within the Traffic Management Flight Workplace at the 104th Fighter Wing. A "transportation packer" has many responsibilities such as sorting through packages or letters containing classified information and giving them primary task levels such as TP1.
  • Snow Bird 2009 ~ ‘Keys’ to Success

    After the 104th Fighter Wing was directed to convert from A-10 aircraft to F-15 aircraft in 2005, a series of changes began to unfold; changes in the base infrastructure, manning and now the way it trains. On 7 March the wing participated in its first F-15 deployment exercise. 160 members and 7 F-15s traveled to Key West to engage in dissimilar
  • Disney Bound...actually Chicago Bound

    The votes are tallied, and the winner is....the 104th Service Flight. The Hennessey Travelers Association recently named the104th Services Flight as the winner of the 2008 Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth W. Disney award. This is the second time in 5 years that the team from Barnes was selected as the top Services Flight in the Air National Guard. Under
  • Spotlight on Senior Airman Leo Piecuch

    Senior Airman Leo Piecuch works with one of the 104th Fighter Wings most crucial divisions - the Fire Department. Airman Piecuch is a two-year veteran in the Air Guard, and recently returned home from a deployment to Iraq. He spent close to four-and-a-half months, deployed to the Baghdad International Airport. He spent his time protecting the
  • Operation BIG ICE is a BIG DEAL for Barnes

    Members of the Mass. Air National Guard deployed 15 December to provide aid to neighboring communities battling from the devastation caused by the December 11th ice storm, which left much of Central and Western Massachusetts without power. 29 Airmen from the 104th Fighter Wing in Westfield, and 28 Airmen from the 102nd Intelligence Wing on Cape
  • Barnes Family helps Westfield Families

    Members of the 104th Fighter Wing adopted children from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield for Christmas through the annual "Angel Tree Program." This year the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield provided names and Christmas wish lists for 34 children ("Angels") who may have gone without during the holidays if it weren't for the
  • Student Flight Gets Schooled

    "ARE YOU EYEBALLING ME?!" "NO, SIR!" these are phrases most of us remember as new recruits during our initial moments getting off the bus at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. On November 2, 2008, Barnes was host to Tech. Sgt. Brian Simeone, a Massachusetts reservist from Framingham Mass. Tech. Sgt. Simeone is currently a Civil Air
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