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  • Governor Deval Patrick celebrates runway opening

    Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick visited Barnes Air National Guard Base, joining federal, state, municipal and military leaders to celebrate the completion of the new runway at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport and Barnes Air National Guard Base. The new runway will be used jointly by military members and civilians. Gov. Patrick emphasized the significance
  • 104th Airmen innovate and adapt during runway shift

    BarnesStormers have long been accustomed to responding to contingencies and operating in austere environments. Trained to deploy worldwide within 72 hours, the men and women of the 104th Fighter Wing (FW) have consistently demonstrated their commitment to the mission, whenever and wherever called upon. During a recent comprehensive runway
  • 104th Members amongst the best marksmen

    Three members of the 104th Fighter Wing (FW), Security Forces Squadron, and one member of the 102nd Intelligence Wing (IW), competed at the 2013 MAC-I Regional Warrior Challenge, hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Advisory Council, Region 1.This intense New England Warrior Challenge, which took place from 13 to 15 September 2013 at Fort
  • Training week a success at Barnes

    Airmen of the 104th Fighter Wing recently completed a comprehensive week of mandatory training from August 19 -23, 2013. The "Super Training Week" allowed unit members to focus on completing core training requirements in a collaborative environment with an emphasis on the wingman concept. Courses included, Self-Aid and Buddy Care, DEOSH training,
  • Air Guard Recruiters volunteer at Boy's State 2013

    Master Sgt. Ernest Smith and Tech Sgt. Rhon Salmon, Massachusetts Air National Guard recruiters, spent a week in June volunteering with the Massachusetts American Legion "Boy's State" program. From June 14th to June 21st, they lived in a dorm at Stonehill College and assisted the American Legion by teaching high school juniors the concepts of
  • 104th receives Federal Green Challenge Award for water conservation

    The 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, received the Federal Green Challenge Award during the Environmental Protection Agency New England 2013 Environmental Merit Award Ceremony on June 26 at the John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse in Boston for their achievements in water conservation at Barnes Air National Guard Base in
  • 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