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A C-130 Hercules aircraft sits at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, during a snow storm Nov. 13, 2014. Senior Airman Lucas McEntire, an aircraft fuels systems mechanic with the 103rd Mainte-nance Squadron, said he took the photo from on top of one of the C-130 aircraft that he was working on. (U.S. Air National Guard photo courtesy of Senior Airman Lucas McEntire) A Perspective from the Bottom of the World
Senior Airman Lucas McEntire, an aircraft fuels systems mechanic with the 103rd Maintenance Squadron, volunteered for a short tour of duty with the 109th Airlift Wing out of Schenectady, New York, to the bottom of the world--Antarctica. The five-week trip afforded him the opportunity to perform his fuels duties, such as replacing fuel pumps, seals
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2015
Col. Frank Detorie, commander of the 103rd Airlift Wing, addresses approximately 25 Airmen who are newly appointed members of the wing’s inspection team, at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn., June 10, 2014.  “You all are charged with administering what’s called the CCIP, that’s the commander’s inspection program—that’s my program. What that means is while you are out there doing this job, you speak for me,” said Detorie.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Mead) Oath presents new inspection team's responsibilities in black and white
"I want to start by thanking all of you for being here and stepping up," said Col. Frank Detorie, commander of the 103rd Airlift Wing, as he addressed the soon-to-be-appointed members of the wing inspection team on June 10, 2014."You all are charged with administering what's called the CCIP, that's the commander's inspection program--that's my
0 10/29
2014
Default Air Force Logo Feeling stuck?
Do you find yourself stuck in a situation or pattern that you really want or need to change and don't know how?  If you are unsure if the situation warrants change, ask yourself what advice you would give to a friend if they were in the same situation.  Typically, taking the personal connection out of the equation makes it much clearer.     Most
0 10/23
2014
Default Air Force Logo Service members can break a bad sleep cycle
Believe it or not, there is something to counting sheep when a stressful day turns into a sleepless night. What happens though when counting sheep doesn't seem to be working? Endless nights of tossing and turning, frequent waking or even waking up early can translate to just having a tough time sleeping. However, insomnia has a wide breadth and you
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2014
The late John L. Swigert Jr. in his flight suite adorned with a 118th Fighter Squadron patch, circa 1965. (U.S. Air National Guard file photo) Astronaut earned Flying Yankees a footnote in history
The members of the Connecticut Air National Guard have always held true to the old Air Force motto "Aim High," but none have aimed as high as the late John L. Swigert Jr., who reached for the stars and forever earned the Flying Yankees a footnote in the history books. Swigert served with the Flying Yankees from 1960 through 1965, flying the F-86
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2014
1st Lt. Paul Bolduc, C-130H pilot with the 118th Airlift Squadron, points out and explains the small emergency exit window, among other things, located in the cockpit of a C-130H to a group of Connecticut Air Guard youth at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, on April 5, 2014. In the background two of the youth participants, Cody Kirkland, 16, and Tori Pilletere, 12, ask questions and get a feel for what it’s like to be a pilot as a Flying Yankee. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Mead) Air Guard youth tour Bradley ANG Base
In the style of a take-your-kid-to-work-day, the 103rd Airlift Wing hosted a tour for the children of Air Guardsmen on April 4, 2014. The event was sponsored by the Connecticut Child and Youth Program, a Connecticut National Guard program that aims at providing support and services for young dependents of Guardsmen in Connecticut. The tour included
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2014
Tech Sgt. Brian Gilbert of the 103rd Maintenance Group answers questions from a board of First Sergeants during the annual Diamond Award selection process on January 1, 2014, at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, CT.  Once a year, the Connecticut Air National Guard’s first sergeants present the Diamond Award to an individual who has shown a great deal of potential for future leadership, had a positive impact on his or her unit, and represents what the Air Force’s core values.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Emmanuel Santiago) Diamonds in the rough learn how to shine
There is very little that can suppress the level of nervousness just before knocking on a door to a room that contains a panel of non-commissioned officers. The diamond board provides an opportunity to experience those uneasy feelings and learn to operate under the same stress in future scenarios.Once a year, the first sergeants present the Diamond
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2014
Senior Airman Jack Girnius of the 103rd Logistics Readiness Squadron directs a fellow Airman as he positions a pallet on a K-Loader on Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn., Dec. 8, 2013. The pallet holds an 8,800 pound rock used for training, that will eventually make its way to the back of a C-130H.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Emmanuel Santiago) I pick things up, I put them down--in planes
Neither rain, sleet, nor dark of night will keep these Port Dawgs from their calling and on Saturday, Dec 7, 2013, you could add the whipping wind and chilling cold to that list. That day, the Port Dawgs, air transportation craftsmen as they are known here at Bradley Air National Guard Base, threw their own comfort into that chilly air and
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2014
The late Governor John H. Trumbull, known as the “Flying Governor” of Connecticut is pictured at the controls of what is presumed to be an aircraft assigned to the 118th Observation Squadron.  Governor Trumbull’s efforts, along with those of others from that period, are credited with successfully securing the first air service unit for the state.  (U.S. Air National Guard file photo) ‘Flying Governor’ photo is worth a thousand questions
The late Governor John H. Trumbull was known as the "Flying Governor" of Connecticut due to his love of aviation and habit of flying his own aircraft to speaking engagements, according to his biography on file with the Connecticut State Library.The biography also indicates that Trumbull served in the First Connecticut Infantry and rose to the rank
0 12/07
2013
Michael Finlay of Boston Mass., welcomes applause from the crowd during the Special Olympics March 4, 2012. Finlay was one of many athletes who took part in the figure skating event at the international skating center in Simsbury, Conn. Several members of the Connecticut Air National Guard volunteered to help staff the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Emmanuel Santi-ago/Released) Connecticut's Air Guardsmen support Special Olympics
Our natural instincts at sporting events are to keep scores and stats. The energy and thrill of competition broken down into quantitative components that fit well with our sensibilities as spectators. That's usually what one expects from sporting events, but this was not just any sporting event--this was the Special Olympics.Members of the 103
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2012
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