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  • CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package

    Amid the panic and uncertainty that surrounds a natural disaster like a tornado, earthquake, or even a man-made disaster, the National Guard is prepared to bring calm and organization to the recovery effort.Put to the test June 7-10, 2013, the Massachusetts CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear defense) Enhanced Response Force
  • 104th Responds to Boston Marathon Attack

    "Something is wrong. This happens over there, this doesn't happen here."Staff Sgt. Jennifer Fulton nodded as she heard this familiar observation from another soldier attempting to process the tragic events of Monday, April 15, 2013. She sat in a quiet room in a Massachusetts armory and listened to the accounts of the steady stream of soldiers and
  • USO Gala

    While most of the 104th Fighter Wing members were attending last month's annual awards banquet, one member was across town and recognized for his outstanding accomplishments by the Pioneer Valley USO. On the evening of April 6, 2013, at the annual Pioneer Valley USO Gala, a new member of the 104th, Capt. Sean Cahill from the Civil Engineering
  • Memorial meaning

    Every day, we drive by it. Every year, we rededicate it. But have you taken the time to learn about the peoples' names affixed to it?Since 1947, members of the 104th Fighter Wing have sacrificed to preserve freedom. Some of those warriors died while involved in aircraft related accidents. The F-100 Memorial, originally dedicated by the 104th
  • First Sergeant thoughts

    As some of you may know, my wife and I ran the Boston Marathon April 15. I was half a mile from finishing the race, and my wife was approximately 200 yards from the finish line when she saw in great detail the two explosions and the suffering that followed. As she stood there, motionless, trying to comprehend what had occurred, a Boston police
  • 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base Recognizes Outstanding

    The 39th Annual Awards Banquet for the 104th Fighter Wing was held on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield, Mass. The well attended banquet gave Wing members an opportunity to salute their peers for commitment to service and excellence in their respective fields. Approximately, 100 Airmen were recognized for their
  • New General in town

    Surrounded by his family and friends, Col. Robert T. Brooks, former commander of the 104th Fighter Wing recited his oath of office before accepting his new role as the newest General Officer in the Mass. National Guard, serving as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air on January 25. In his remarks, he thanked his dad, Robert Sr.; his sister, Rebecca;
  • Do we have a world champion in our midst?

    Lt. Col. Michael Cousins isn't at drill this Sept weekend; instead he's in Los Vegas, Nevada racing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship!This triathlon consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run - how many of you could do that?Cousins came in top for his age group during a qualifying race in Panama City, Panama February
  • Family Day a big success

    Hundreds of unit members from the 104th Fighter Wing and their families gathered for a fun-filled family day on August 12, 2012 at Barnes Air National Guard Base. "Family day is a great time for the wing to thank those that support us," said Col. Michael Cousins, the 104th FW Chief of Staff. "Without the love and support from our families, we could
  • Guard Care

    Guard Care has become a BarneStormer tradition. This year marks the 17th year since its inception in 1995. To put it into perspective, children that received pre-school physicals during the first year of Guard Care, are old enough to enlist here at the base. By the numbers, we have provided more than 2,800 back to school physicals since 1995. In