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  • 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
  • Getting to know your Guardsmen: CT ESGR Bosslifts

    Of the many mis-sions in the Department of Defense, there is a special one that carries a subtle significance above the rest. Without this mission, it would be harder for Connecti-cut Guardsmen and Reservists to fulfill their military service commitments and ultimately their wartime mission. This mis-sion is a mission of awareness to win the hearts
  • 103rd Security Forces troops up to the challenge

    On Aug. 21, 2012, the Connecticut SWAT Challenge began with a bang. The sharp staccato of gun fire reverberated off the hills as gun smoke filled the air. Just two weeks prior, members of the 103rd Security Forces Squadron began preparing for the SWAT Challenge, a three-day event comprised of different sets of challenges each day.The first day of
  • Connecticut Guardsman awarded Bronze Star

    The Bronze Star, the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces, is given for heroic or meritorious achievement or service. For most of us, receiving such a prestigious award would merit bragging rights and serve as the ultimate pinnacle of our career. For Senior Master Sgt. Doug Margelony of the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron, it may seem
  • Getting High on the K-Loader

    Airmen from the 103rd Logistics Readiness Squadron's small air terminal, a.k.a. the "Port Dawgs," took advantage of the beautifully sweltering weather in Gulfport, Miss. Last month by training on equipment not available to them at Bradley Air National Guard Base. The next generation small loader (NGSL) or the K-loader as the Airmen call it, is a
  • Combat Engineer Company plays cop-for-a-day

    On July 17, 2012, 63 members of the Connecticut Army National Guard 248th Engineer Company out of Norwich received a glimpse into the Connecticut Air National Guard's flightline operations with the 103rd Security Forces Squadron. The training consisted of: instruction on flightline driving, safety procedures, foreign object damage checks, Entry
  • Air museum staff gets tour instead of gives tour

    The New England Air Museum (NEAM) has always been a partner to the Connecticut Air National Guard. As we all know, the Air Museum is packed with aerospace history. The volunteers that escort visitors through the museum are a knowledgeable group of folks filled with historical facts and stories about everything that can be seen and touched. Since
  • Good Grief Campouts: Reflections Of a First Time Mentor

    TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, www.taps.org) is a non-profit organization that offers support to those who have suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstances of the death. One of the many TAPS activities offered throughout the year is a three day summer overnight Good