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  • Reconnecting with the past--Flying Yankees host Vietnam 50th Commemoration

    On the weekend of July 10, 2015, the gates at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Connecticut, were opened for the public to celebrate and welcome home Veterans from the Vietnam War era. As part of the Vietnam 50th Celebration, the base was one of two sites offering historical displays and events that highlighted the actions and lives of
  • Two 103rd Security Forces Squadron members aid accident victim

    Staff Sgt. Brian Davies, Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Non-commissioned Officer in Charge assigned to the 103rd Security Forces Squadron, went off base during his lunch break May UTA prior to the Wing Warrior Day event.  Staff Sgt. Steven Young, one of his CATM troops, accompanied him.  Little did they know that on their way they would
  • Junior Officer of the Year knows how to take care of people

    Once each year, 103rd Airlift Wing members, friends and family gather to honor those who have distinguished themselves from their peers in the unit. Capt. Jessica Herndon was shocked and humbled when she learned she had been selected to receive the Connecticut Air National Guard Junior Officer of the Year award for 2014.     "Something like this
  • NCO of the Year is No Stranger to Pressure

    "There are so many opportunities with the Guard, you've just got to find them," said Tech. Sgt. Darrel Hanrahan, an aerospace medical services craftsman with the 103rd Medical Group. "Figure out what you can do and learn from them as much as possible."     The 2014 Connecticut Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer of the Year said that this
  • SNCO of the Year takes training seriously

    Leadership is a vital building block in maintaining a strong force, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the education and training needs of the Flying Yankees at the 103rd Airlift Wing will be in good hands with an individual who has proven to be a tremendous leader for her troops.Master Sgt. Nicole Thomas recently won the Connecticut Air
  • 103rd Civil Engineer Airman Earns Top Honors

    Airman 1st Class Aaron LaPorte, a Connecticut Air National Guardsman assigned to the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron, received the Airman of the Year award during the annual awards ceremony on base April 12. LaPorte, who has been a Flying Yankee for two years, earned this accolade as a result of hard work and dedication.Born in Putnam, Connecticut,
  • Security forces focus on self-defense to round out security training

    On Feb. 7, 2015, members of the 103rd Security Forces Squadron engaged in hand-to-hand combat in an effort to increase their effectiveness when trying to detain personnel that are resisting.The training is designed to assist the officers in defending themselves against grapple attacks and punches, allowing them to get out of a threat by using
  • 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron continues its mission of readiness

    This past year was full of many changes for the Airmen of the 103rd Airlift Wing. The Flying Yankees said goodbye to the C-21A aircraft and welcomed eight C-130H Hercules aircraft along with its new mission. With this mission came more training, equipment and new policies but the day-to-day operations remained the same for the 103rd Civil Engineer
  • Airmen fend off simulated flu epidemic

    Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing successfully completed a three-day public health exercise while deployed to the Combat Readiness Training Center, Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 7, 2015.The exercise put the Flying Yankees to the test with a simulated flu epidemic that required a robust medical response to work hand-in-hand with a complex accountability
  • Flying Yankees get down and dirty in Georgia

    Blue skies and beautiful weather set the stage for two pilots assigned to the 118th Airlift Squadron to receive their unimproved airfields certification, or dirt cert, on Ramagen landing strip in Bryon County, Georgia, while deployed to the Combat Readiness Training Center, Savannah, Georgia. More than 100 Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing