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  • Bataan March 2012

    "No Mama No Papa No Uncle Sam" The Battling Bastards of Bataan. It was 70 years ago that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the Philippines ushering the United States into World War II.Unlike Pearl Harbor, the Japanese followed their surprise air attack in the Philippines with a land invasion. As the Imperial Japanese Army raced towards the
  • Commander’s call recognizes hometown heroes and future deploying members

    A Commander's Call was held on March 3 in the main hangar at Barnes ANG Base Mass., honoring award recipients and past and future deploying unit members. Several distinguished visitors attended the event including U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Mass., U.S. Sen. Kelley Ayotte of N.H, Mass. Rep. Richard Neal, Secretary Coleman Nee, Mass. Secretary of
  • Robots Invade Barnes

    On the morning of Feb. 18, eight 104th FW kids witnessed an invasion of robots to Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass. A first time event for the 104th FW, the robotic invasion was actually a workshop that gave military kids, ranging in ages from 11 to 16, the opportunity to assemble, program and race their individually created robots. Offered by
  • Airman in Focus — Mr. John Richardson

    Mr. John W. Richardson joined Barnes Air National Guard Base approximately 20 years ago, after working in both municipal and private sectors.While working as a field artillery surveyor for the Army, Richardson was deployed to Germany, with the 3rd Infantry Division. The leadership of the Army taught him the importance of maintaining high standards,
  • 38th Annual Awards Banquet

    More than 250 people attended the 38th Annual Awards Banquet for the 104th Fighter Wing, held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield, Mass., which recognized some of the unit's superior performers for 2011.Members were honored at the squadron, group and wing level. Throughout the year, all unit members can nominate one another
  • Westfield High School Ambassadors support 104th FW

    With the Air National Guard shifting from a Stategic Reserve force to an Operational Reserve force, the deployment demands on the Guard have increased steadily over the past decade. From 2010-2011, the wing approximately deployed 140 members both for state-side and overseas contingency operations. The wing anticipates deploying the same, if not
  • Awards & Decs: Realizing the relevance of recognition

    Awarding military members for their service and performance has been a long tradition throughout the history of the U.S. Armed Forces. When the Air Force was established in 1947, Airmen were still permitted to receive most U.S. Army decorations. By 1962, after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Air Force began to create its own system for member
  • ...Proud to be part of Guard

    As I packed my blues in my suit case a day before taking a flight down to Baltimore to attend the Joint Senior Leadership conference, my wife asked me "what is this conference about again...?" my answer was "well, there are going to be a bunch of hot shots talking about Air Force stuff..." Obviously, I was not really aware what this conference was
  • Col. Sean Collins provides invaluable service to Afghanistan

    In war we see things that are not seen anywhere else but in a combat area," said Col. Collins when asked about his experiences in Afghanistan. The commander of the 104th Fighter Wing Medical Group, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Collins was tasked with ensuring that care and research
  • Thanks for the turkeys, Ammo Can drive tradition

    What would Thanksgiving be without a turkey meal? Members of the 104th Fighter Wing have been asking themselves that same question for the past 6 years, and each time they ask...they are reminded that there are families in our community that may not be able to have a traditional thanksgiving meal without a little help. That is why members of the