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  • Connecticut school kids know how to thank a Veteran

    I had the privilege of attending a very special event in my new hometown of Enfield on the morning of Dec. 11, 2012.Master Sgt. Chad Wink, 103rd Maintenance Squadron, Senior Airman Kyle Roy, 103 Civil Engineer Squadron and Brian Ellis, a 103rd Fire Fighter, were also in attendance. Edgar H. Parkman School on Weymouth Road was selected for the
  • Connecticut Air Guard Dunk Tank fundraiser a huge success

    Sometime in December 2011, a committee was put together in support of the Wounded Warrior project. It took strong individuals to think outside the box and come up with this type of idea to donate to charities that a lot of people wouldn't think about. One of these individuals is our own Tech. Sgt. Kevin Carabetta. He came up with an idea to raise
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and his day

    Martin Luther King, Jr., born Jan. 15, 1929, was an activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. He was the son of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. In his adult life, King was a Baptist minister that became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and
  • Welcome Home Yankee Watch!

    Approximately 80 Airmen from the Connecticut Air National Guard's 103rd Air Control Squadron returned home to Bradley Air National Guard Base Nov. 20, 2012, following a six-month deployment overseas.As the large mass of family and friends hugged the yellow ropes holding them from spilling onto the flightline, a large, chartered commercial jet
  • 103rd Airlift Wing hosts Connecticut Combined Federal Campaign kick-off

    "Give a little, help a lot," is this year's theme for the Combined Federal Campaign. The CFC, an organization introduced by the Kennedy administration, is the sole mechanism through which charitable organizations are authorized to solicit donations from federal employees. Every year each charitable organization has to go through an intense
  • Connecticut Guardsmen celebrate vets for Veterans Day

    Last month, Chief Master Sgt. Zukauskas (Chief Z) put out the call for members of the 103rd Airlift Wing to come and share some quality time with some amazing people at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Enfield, Conn. Well, let me say it was an amazing time with some great veterans, their wives, friends and staff on November 4. Chief Z had a flag
  • Connecticut Guard has an answer for Sandy

    Approximately 850 members from the Connecticut Army and Air National Guard were called up for state-active duty Oct. 31, 2012, in response to the destruction caused by Super Storm Sandy that blew into Connecticut October 29. Guardsmen were involved with initial emergency response preparations as early as Saturday, October 27 to be ready to execute
  • Flying Yankee Sportsmen compete in trap shoot

    A beautiful shooting day on May 19, 2012, started with a safety range briefing and a certified instructor to Project Appleseed. This organization promotes eco-friendly fishing and marksmanship for new jun-ior shooters. Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching
  • Flying Yankee Aids Challenged Athlete

    Last summer I ran in the Wethersfield 10k race at Wethersfield Cove. I had been nursing a sore ankle that ended up being Achilles tendonitis. While walking around after the race, I noticed a couple that had finished the 5K race. He was wearing a "Challenged Athletes" t-shirt and was holding his partner's arm.Challenged Athletes is a foundation that
  • Connecticut Guardsman attends first-ever Wrecker/Recovery Ops Course

    Several years ago during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 103rd Logistics Readiness Squadron deployed a young Airman from the 103rd Airlift Wing based at Bradley Air National Guard Base. The young Airman was a vehicle operator with a unique skill-set that only a traditional Guardsman might have--the ability to drive wreckers.While deployed, the