104th Fighter Wing Fire Department’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit the Holyoke Soldier’s Home

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Release No. 18-21


Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey

413-568-9151 ext. 698-1299


 Aug 24, 2018



104th Fighter Wing Fire Department’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit the Holyoke Soldier’s Home



BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTFIELD, Mass. – The 104th Fighter Wing Fire Department’s 21st annual volunteer golf tournament will take place on Friday, August 24, 2018. The tournament benefits the Friends of the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke providing equipment and supports Veterans’ activities above and beyond those budgeted by the Soldier’s Home. 


The tourney is sold-out, and 144 golfers will be teeing off at 9:45 a.m. followed by a banquet at approximately 4: 00 p.m. at the South Hampton Country Club.


The 104th FW Military Fire Chief, Larry Buell, explained “The 104th FW firemen and community members have taken part in the golf tournament for 21 years supporting various organizations in our community. The past 13 years has been in support of the veterans at the Holyoke Soldier’s home.”


“On behalf of the 265 veterans and 350 caregivers, we are so very thankful for all you and your family have done for the veterans and caregivers of the Soldiers Home in Holyoke,” said Bennett Walsh, superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. “The projected donations from this year and the 13 year totals are inspiring.”


The estimated donation from this year’s event will be $15,000.00. This year’s projected donation will bring the 13 year total to $125,000.00. The 104th Fighter Wing Fire Department hosts the tournament with over 80 key community donors, sponsors and contributors.






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.


Media are invited to attend this event and can call the 104th FW Public Affairs office.


For more on the 104th Fighter Wing, please contact Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey or at Wk. 413-568-9151 ext. 698-1299 Cell: (619) 665-4252