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  • Inside the 103rd Air Control Squadron

    The mission of the United States Air Force can be expressed in what has become a well-known mantra: ‘Fly, Fight, Win,’ but how is this phrase converted into action? Establishing air superiority and winning the air war begins with Airmen, such as those stationed with the 103rd Air Control Squadron in Orange, CT, who control the air war from their ground based command and control radar system.
  • 103rd CES first to deploy DOMOPS package

    The Air National Guard can’t prevent a natural disaster from happening, but it can prepare for one. On July 13, the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) did just that when it became the first National Guard unit in the nation to deploy the military’s premier emergency response toolkit, the DOMOPS (Domestic Operations) package, during the PATRIOT North 18 emergency response exercise.
  • Martin reflects on 13 years as Connecticut's TAG

    Maj. Gen. Thaddeus Martin leaned back in a chair behind his desk as he reminisced about his reason for joining the Air Force. Conflict with his father is what motivated him to enlist. After having given college a try for a couple of years, Martin decided it wasn’t for him and wanted to enlist against his father’s wishes. “I was going to prove he
  • A symbol of independence on Independence Day

    On June 10th, dozens of people gathered in Meriden, Conn. to watch the retirement of faded and worn American flags during the American Legion, Post 45 Disposal of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony. Many of the flags had been displayed in honor of deceased service members several years ago, while some had flown one last time in a C-130H “Hercules” aircraft on Memorial Day throughout the state of Connecticut.
  • Family Support hosts Connecticut National Guard's first Deployment Discovery Day

    Approximately 50 Connecticut National Guard children, from kindergarten through eighth grade, participated in the first Deployment Discovery Day, organized through the 103rd Airlift Wing’s Family Support program, May 19, 2018, at the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut. Laughter and excitement filled the air as the children progressed through a series of push-ups, sit-ups, burpees and relay runs. Grey skies and dark clouds loomed overhead, but that didn’t diminish the enthusiasm felt by the children participating in the physical training (PT) session. Following PT, meals ready to eat (MREs) were served followed by a trip to the flight line and, even as the rain began to pour, there was no stopping the group. The children were “deployed,” and they had to continue the mission despite the weather.
  • 103rd Civil Engineers clear roads after storm

    On May 15, 2018, severe storms ripped through the state of Connecticut, devastating several towns. High winds, hail and tornados felled trees and powerlines, leaving many state residents without power and unable to gain access to main roads for several days. Faced with the overwhelming task of clearing the trees and debris from roads, local and state agencies received support from the Connecticut National Guard—the 103rd Airlift Wing responding to the town of Bethany on May 18.
  • 103rd participates in Armed Forces Appreciation Day trap match

    The Northwestern Connecticut Sportsmen’s Association (NWCSA) hosted its annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day trap match May 12, 2018, in Colebrook, Conn. The event was free for members of the Connecticut Air National Guard and their families. Food, ammunition, shotguns and safety gear were provided for all participants, including an experienced coach for those without prior shooting experience.
  • Nominate your employer for the Boss Lift

    If you’re a member of the Army or Air National Guard who is employed by a civilian employer, that employer may be wondering what you do during drill weekends or annual training and why you are obligated to attend. The Boss Lift, a program offered by the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve), can put your civilian employers curiosity to rest.
  • Wing Care

    Inevitably, everyone goes through rough patches, as an individual or even as a family. Sometimes the pressures of life can just become too much. As a military member you may feel like you should be able to handle all of you and your family’s obstacles yourself. This may lead to internalizing struggles or ignoring them until they become uncontrollable. Thankfully, Wing Care Team of the 103rd Airlift Wing wants to know that there are a plethora of resources available to Airmen to aid in overcoming life’s struggles.
  • From victim to survivor through SAPR

    Since 2009, the Connecticut Air National Guard has been working to prevent and raise awareness of sexual assault among members through the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program.
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