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  • Flying Yankees train for Herculean tasks

    Have you looked out of your window lately? If you have, perhaps you've noticed a C-130 being towed around in circles on the ramp. This is not the tow crew practicing for the next NASCAR race. This is maintenance training. Even before the first new aircraft arrived, members of the 103rd Maintenance Group were deeply engaged in hands-on training,
  • Flying Yankees celebrate aircraft roll out

    The 103rd Airlift Wing celebrated the arrival of the first out of eight C-130H aircraft expected to be assigned to the unit during a formal ceremony on Oct. 5, 2013, despite complications and logistical consequences presented by the 16-day federal government shutdown.The bulk of the unit's full-time force was furloughed and its part-time Airmen
  • A new chapter begins for Connecticut Air Guard's Flying Yankees

    "There it is," said Staff Sgt. Dustin Wonoski as he pointed out over the tree line northeast of Bradley International Airport. The Airman from the 103rd Logistics Readiness Squadron was not wrong. Way out there in the clear blue sky was the future of the 103rd Airlift Wing, the new ride of the Flying Yankees on approach for runway 24. The first of
  • 103rd Airlift Wing pilots free children from overturned vehicle

    Neither Lt. Col. Walt Levantovich nor Capt. Garrett Caponetti expected anything out of the ordinary to occur as they headed to lunch from Bradley Air National Guard Base Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. They were driving together and had just merged onto interstate 91 south in Windsor, Conn., when they saw smoke. Thinking to themselves that it was just
  • 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month and Community Events

    In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the week that included September 15th and 16th. In 1988, National Hispanic Heritage Week was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to become Hispanic Heritage month, beginning on September 15th and ending on
  • Conn. Air National Guard beats Army Guard at TAG Match!

    The 103rd Security Forces Squadron sent two four-man teams to participate in the Adjutant General's Marksmanship Competition this year. The match was held Aug. 2-4, 2013, at the East Haven, Connecticut Rifle Range. Alpha Team included Tech. Sgt. Rick Marks, Tech. Sgt. Nick Augelli, Staff Sgt. Mike Stearns and Senior Airman Monica Cox. Bravo Team
  • Teaching old dogs new tricks at Bradley Air National Guard Base

    EAST GRANBY, Conn. - Armed with 220 million more scent receptors than humans, a detection dog can make short work of sniffing out dangerous threats and drugs. They could probably even smell what you had for last night's dinner which, if true, would be very impressive. Nevertheless, man's best friend has been by our sides since our earliest days and
  • 103rd Security Forces Squadron SWATS the competition

    Special weapons and tactics, quick response force or emergency services team, no matter how you choose to name these special units, the truth remains the same. These units are the last resort, the most highly-specialized and lethal force that we call upon to return an intense and deadly situation back to a state of calm. The training to maintain
  • Connecticut Air National Guard celebrates 90 years of excellence in aviation

    The year 2013 marks a significant time for the Flying Yankees-- signaling the beginning of a new era with our conversion to the C-130 Hercules tactical cargo aircraft. It is an exciting time filled with the many challenges that a conversion of this magnitude entails. In the coming months, many unit members will be heading off to schools and new
  • Flying Yankees compete in Warrior Day

    In the spirit of springtime, Flying Yankees from various units came out last drill to throw down in a little bit of friendly competition. The Yankee Warrior Day, as it was called, was the first event of its kind for the 103rd Airlift Wing and offered the Airmen a chance to come together as groups to show each other who was the most physically