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  • 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
  • CERFP exercise prepares Medical Group

    More than 550 Army and Air National Guardsmen participated in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high yield explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) exercise June 23-25 at Camp Edwards in preparation for their evaluation in August."This is training for the real world," said Air Force Capt. Mary Newton of the Mass.
  • 104th FW members return from deployment

    Approximately 300 members of the 104th Fighter Wing (104FW) returned home to Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass. on Friday, July 11 following a three-month deployment to the Central Command Area of Responsibility, participating in multinational exercises and providing a theater protection package. Elated family and friends welcomed the members
  • Run to home base in the AOR

    When you are a die-hard fan, there is little that can stand in the way of showing support for your team, even 5,800 miles, and 4 time zones; that was made abundantly clear by Red Sox fans who deployed to the Middle East with the 104th Fighter Wing.On May 20th, members of the deployed aviation package, stationed at an undisclosed location in the
  • Family Readiness Group news

    May 10th was the semi-annual Pasta Night at Barnes.The dinner was hosted & sponsored by your Family Readiness Group. Over 300 people enjoyed the dinner and lively conversation as old and new friendships were celebrated.Thanks to the Family Readiness Group members and volunteers for the shopping, chopping and their cooking talents, we enjoyed a