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  • Road trip to compliance leaves room for improvement

    Members of the 103rd Airlift Wing's Inspector General office and Airmen from the Wing Inspection Team work hard to identify areas that need improvement within the wing without bias or any agenda other than striving to make the unit the best it can be.     "Perfection is an unreachable destination," said Lt. Col. James Guerrera, 103rd Airlift Wing's
  • Connecticut celebrates 67th annual Armed Forces Day Luncheon

    A record number of military members, Veterans and supporters came out to celebrate the men and women of America's military at the 2016 Connecticut Armed Forces Day luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Connecticut, May 20.     The event, hosted by the Connecticut National Guard, is a way to recognize those who have served the state of
  • Flying Yankee history—in the making...

    The Connecticut Air National Guard's Flying Yankees are well into their 93rd year and the 103rd Heritage Collection located in the unit's operations building has acquired an extensive compilation of photographs and artifacts. Recently, Maj. D. Elliotte Draegor, historian and director of inspections, assembled a display in the wing's headquarters
  • Connecticut civil engineers train to perfect skills

    Members of the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron took advantage of a unique opportunity to hone their welding skills during the April drill at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Connecticut. The Flying Yankee structural craftsmen spent the majority of time working with metal and the equipment necessary with doing so.     They began Saturday
  • 103rd Maintenance Group embraces process improvement

    Months of analysis and problem solving efforts culminated in a special event where 17 members of the 103rd Maintenance Group presented the results of their combined process improvement efforts on April 24, 2016.     The Airmen conducted four separate team projects as part of a Six Sigma Green-Belt course taught at the Bradley Air National Guard
  • Connecticut Flying Yankee volunteer makes a difference

    Reduce, reuse, recycle! That's the motto of this environmentally-friendly generation, but at one point, the Flying Yankees were not doing all they could to both help others and the environment. This was until Master Sgt. Nicola Nardi, fuel distribution specialist with the 103rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, coordinated with Gary Raffia, leader of
  • Connecticut students explore National Guard careers

    The colorful crowd exploring the military aircraft on the flight line at Bradley Air National Guard Base is a reminder of the first days of basic military training.  The young faces are quietly curious and the wardrobe includes every color in the rainbow.  In those first days of basic training prior to uniform issue and still clothed in "civies,"
  • LCLA--Another first for the Flying Yankees

    For the first time in Flying Yankee history, the 103rd Airlift Wing conducted a local low-cost low-altitude air drop (LCLA) training exercise. C-130 Hercules aircraft belonging to the Connecticut Air National Guard, in coordination with the 439th Westover Air Reserve Base, successfully dropped training bundles tailored specifically for this purpose
  • The fix is in! ...for IGEMS

    The Inspector General Evaluation Management System has been fully integrated into day-to-day operations for the Airmen of the 103rd Airlift Wing despite occasional programmatic glitches that one Senior Non-Commissioned Officer is working to improve upon as part of a team of IGEMS experts during an Air Force-wide customer acceptance testing
  • UPAR course teaches how to tell the story

    Although the Connecticut National Guard has a full-time staff dedicated to public affairs, it is not nearly enough to provide coverage of all the outstanding achievements and events happening every month.Once a year, the Public Affairs staff members teach a two-day course to train Unit Public Affairs Representatives--Guardsmen and members of the
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