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  • Naturalization through Service in the Military

    United States citizenship is granted in two specific ways. Birth is the most common way one becomes a citizen, whether through birth by parents, who are U.S. citizens, on U.S. soil, or within a U.S. territory. The other way to gain citizenship is granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS. Naturalization is the process used
  • City of Blue

    On Aug 19th, the 'city of homes' became the 'city of blue,' as the Air Force Expeditionary entertainers performed for the communities of Western Massachusetts during their 150 show world tour. Tops in Blue performs throughout the world to promote the Air Force, Guard and Reserves through entertainment and community interaction. The tour group was
  • Barnes over the Air . . .waves

    WAAF Boston is one of the market-leading radio stations in the North East, broadcasting throughout Western Mass. Rode Island and Connecticut. It was with this in mind that the state decided to work with one of its most notable personalities: "Mistress" Carrie, so that she could tell the Guard story to her listeners. On Saturday, Aug 23rd,
  • Organizational Safety Assessment (OSA)

    Greetings! I hope your summer has been a safe one so far. This wing training assembly we will be participating in a process called an Organizational Safety Assessment (OSA). This assessment, which was personally requested by the 104th FW, is conducted by the Air Force Safety Center and provides us with a very detailed look at the safety culture of
  • Certified Babysitters

    The Wing Family Program Office coordinated an American Red Cross Babysitter Training Course on Wednesday, August 13, 2008. The course teaches children ages 11-16 topics ranging from being a good leader and role model to handling injuries, illnesses and accidents. Children also learn the basics of child are and first aide that they will be able to
  • Introducing Col. "L.A." Brooks

    In late June, the leadership of the Massachusetts Air National Guard announced the selection of the new 104th Fighter Wing Commander, Col Robert "LA" Brooks, the current Operations Group Commander from the 159th Fighter Wing, located near New Orleans Louisiana. Before his arrival and assumption of command on August 23, I had an opportunity to have
  • Meet Senior Airman John Bosley

    Whether on the battlefield or after a monstrous nor'easter, when you lose the amenity of power, it is quickly noticed. I remember being a kid and sitting for hours on my living room floor with my brothers playing card games by candle light waiting for the power to comeback on. After powerful storms came whistling by, I vividly remembered eating ice
  • Recruiting in the city

    As the 104th grows to support its new mission, the recruiting office has adapted a new strategy, which is to move to where the recruits are. The wing recruiters opened a new storefront office at 51 Park Ave. in West Springfield, in addition to the joint storefront office in the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlboro. Later this year, the wing anticipates
  • Honor is a tradition

    For one member of the 104th FighterWing, being part of the Base Honor Guard in not just an additional duty, it's a legacy. Staff Sgt. Christine Willette of Springfield, a member of 104th Medical Group at Barnes Air National Guard Base, was recently selected as the Massachusetts Honor Guard Member of the Year. Willette was selected over Air and Army