104th Fighter Wing Thunderbolt Council Gives Back to the Community

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Release No. 18-3


SMSgt Julie Avey

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February 9, 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 multiple organizations as a gesture of our gratitude for being an integral part of the support system for this community.


“These important community organizations provide a wealth of resources to our Airmen who are members of this community,” said Col. James Suhr, 104th Fighter Wing commander. “We are proud to serve and be a part of the exceptional city of Westfield along with greater Western Massachusetts. Our community is stronger for the partnerships built throughout our neighborhoods.”


 The Thunderbolt Council donations will be presented to the following community organizations:


Monday Feb. 12, 10 a.m. - Bill Moore President of Project New Hope Inc., Holyoke Facility


Monday Feb. 12, 2 p.m. – Mayor Sullivan and Eric Billowitz for City of Westfield and Westfield Municipal Airport.


Monday Feb. 12, 5 p.m. - Al Tracy and David Mendoza of Pioneer Valley USO, Westover Office

Tuesday Feb. 13, 1:15 p.m. –Superintendent of School, Stefan Czaporowski,

Principal, Charles Jendrysik and Band Director, Patrick Kennedy, Westfield High School


Wednesday March 21, 6 p.m. - Pam Spear of 104th Alumni Association Pioneer Valley Club, Barnes Air National Guard Base


“The Thunderbolt Council and the 104th Fighter Wing would like to thank these organizations for their continued support,” said Colonel EJ Gunning (ret), treasurer of the Thunderbolt Council.


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.


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.