104th Fighter Wing Thunderbolt Council Gives Back to the Community

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Release No. 18-2


SMSgt. Julie Avey

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February 3, 2018





104th Fighter Wing Thunderbolt Council Gives Back to the Community


BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTFIELD, Mass. – The 104th Fighter Wing and the Thunderbolt Council will be presenting a donation check to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield on Sunday, February 4 at 9 a.m.


The Thunderbolt Council donation will be presented to Mr. Bill Parks, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield.  


“The Thunderbolt Council and the 104th Fighter Wing have enjoyed a solid partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield for many years,” said EJ Gunning, treasurer of the Thunderbolt Council. “Their mission to support and develop young people in the Greater Westfield area aligns perfectly with the mission of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, and strong community ties are good for both organizations.  The Thunderbolt Council is happy to provide a donation in support of the many fine programs offered by the Boys & Girls Club.”


The Thunderbolt Council organization supports the men and woman of the 104th Fighter Wing and together they are able to give back to the community that contributes to their everyday lives.


“We are thankful for our relationship with the Boys and Girls Club,” said Col. James Suhr. “They provide a wealth of benefits to our Airmen and community. When our Airmen and their families are taken care of, then our mission succeeds.”


The Thunderbolt Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation charged with supporting and promoting the mission and personnel of the 104th Fighter Wing (104FW), Massachusetts Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts.  Activities of the corporation include, but are not limited to organizing, supporting, promoting, coordinating and managing air shows and all related activities and events on behalf of the 104th Fighter Wing.





The 104th Fighter Wing provides highly trained personnel ready to provide Air Superiority on demand anywhere in the world with 21 assigned F-15C Eagle Aircraft. The 104th also sits 24/7 Aerospace Control Alert, providing armed F-15 fighters ready to scramble in a moment's notice to protect the northeast United States from any airborne threat protecting one-quarter of the nation's population and over one-third of the Gross Domestic Product.  The Wing is always on call to provide emergency response to include security, logistics, communications, explosive ordnance disposal, firefighting, and medical support to the nation and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.