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  • Connecticut Air National Guard unit recognizes 2011 top performers

    The 103rd Airlift Wing's annual awards ceremony was held April 14, 2012, on base in the main hangar to recognize and reward Airmen for their outstanding performance in their duties. Similar to last year's event, as each award recipient went on stage they could be seen by live video feed projected onto a giant screen in an effort to associate the
  • Connecticut unit receives warm send off prior to deployment

    Approximately 80 Airmen from the 103rd Air Control Squadron based in Orange, Conn., were celebrated during a formal send-off ceremony held at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford April 25, 2012. The Air National Guard unit has been mobilized and will deploy to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom."Ladies and gentlemen,
  • Connecticut Air National Guard’s Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year finishes 16 months on the road

    Master Sgt. Robert E. Bailey of the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group returned from a period of more than 16 months on the road culminating with a seven-month deployment to the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in Southwest Asia.Bailey served as the Targets and Imagery Support Element Superintendent, supervising more than 17 enlisted
  • Connecticut's AOG reaches 100th deployment milestone

    Lt. Col. John M. Girnius of the 103rd Air Operations Group deployed last month for the group's 100th individual deployment to the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in Southwest Asia."It's a huge milestone for the AOG and the wing," said Col. Peter J. DePatie, 103rd AOG commander. "Thanks to all of the wing organizations who have supported us
  • Joint Freedom Salute Honors Connecticut Airmen, Soldiers

    Connecticut Army and Air National Guard units as well as individual deployers were honored in a "Freedom Salute" ceremony at the 103rd Airlift Wing March 31, 2012.The 103rd Security Forces Squadron (SFS), 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), the 192nd Engineer Battalion, the 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group (TASMG), the
  • Connecticut Air Guardsmen Give Blood, Support Community

    Members of the American Red Cross visited Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn., during March's Unit Training Assembly seeking blood donors. This was the first time the Red Cross collected blood on base in approximately a decade following 9/11 when, for a time, outside vendors were restricted access and other attempts were cancelled
  • Getting Hosed Has Never Been as Much Fun

    The tradition of the "fini-flight," or final flight, has been commonly attributed to the Vietnam era where pilots were doused by a firehouse after completing their 100th safe combat mission. On Bradley Air National Guard Base, March 3, 2012, the tradition continued for Col. Pete "Meat" Siana as he makes the transition from an Air Force pilot to the
  • Connecticut Air Guard's Flying Yankees return home from overseas

    The last of 40 Connecticut Air National Guardsmen from the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron who were deployed to Afghanistan returned home to Bradley Air National Guard Base Friday, March 2.The majority of the Airmen returned February 20 to much fanfare and a welcome from Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, while others came back in smaller
  • Deployed Connecticut Airmen get a lift, in spirit and back home

    Approximately 25 Airmen from the 103rd Security Forces Squadron, Connecticut Air National Guard, returned home Jan. 30, 2012, after a more than six-month deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, just in time to watch Super Bowl XLVI. The Airmen arrived by international flight into Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Arriving during early
  • Connecticut Air Guard's Flying Yankees cut 2011's fourth ribbon

    The Connecticut National Guard held its fourth ribbon cutting of 2011 on base during the mid-morning of Dec. 3, 2011, to celebrate the completion of a $9 million renovation to a Bradley Air National Guard Base facility. The facility boasts a nearly 23,000 square-foot addition that will house the 103rd Air Operations Group's new command and control