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  • Suspicious package exercise delivers unit readiness

    The Airmen of the 103rd Airlift Wing conducted their annual suspicious package exercise with a focus on mail-handling procedures and response actions taken by first responders on Aug. 14, 2014, at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Connecticut."The scenario included the tracking of a suspicious package in the mail as it worked its way
  • Milestones aplenty for the Hercules and the Flying Yankees

    The C-130 Hercules aircraft will turn 60-years-old on Aug. 23, 2014, and the Airmen of the 103rd Airlift Wing are projected to receive the unit's eighth and final C-130H within a month, marking an important milestone for operations at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Connecticut."There is no aircraft in aviation history -- either
  • Airmen earn degrees and unlock their future

    Thirteen Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing walked across the stage during a commencement ceremony receiving their Community College of the Air Force diplomas during the drill weekend at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn., Aug. 3, 2014. Many family members and fellow Airmen attended the graduation, and Col. Jose D. Torres-Laboy
  • Scouting out the Hercules

    Cub Scouts from Troop 18 in Killingworth, Connecticut arrived at Bradley Air Nation Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut for a special tour of a C-130H Hercules aircraft, assigned to the 103rd Airlift Wing, on Aug. 4, 2014. The small troop of approximately ten children was allowed a unique opportunity to walk out to the flightline and see
  • Flying Yankees do the heavy lifting

    The 118th Airlift Squadron dropped their very first "heavy" last Wednesday, July 23, 2014, over "bean bag drop zone" at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts. As part of the 103rd Airlift Wing, the squadron has been performing these training drops every week since the beginning of June to reach the goal of dropping a heavy."It's
  • Aiming for enhanced readiness with a base-wide exercise

    Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut went on lockdown mid-morning on July 30, 2014, as part of an active-shooter response exercise conducted by the 103rd Airlift Wing. According to Lt. Col. James Guerrera, anti-terrorism officer for the 103rd Airlift Wing, the exercise is an annual requirement for the wing to practice
  • Air drop training on target for heavier loads

    A C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 103rd Airlift Wing jettisoned two sets of container delivery systems as part of a training exercise over Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts on Saturday, July 12, 2014.The mission was to drop four container delivery systems using high-velocity parachutes, said Tech. Sgt. Robert Ewings, an
  • Horses to homecomings

    The sun shone bright on the backs of horses, sleek and shiny from careful grooming. They grazed contentedly in their fields as cars began to pull in, children's eager faces glued to car windows, watching the animals with fascination. They were arriving to participate in the Horses to Homecoming program, held in Avon, Conn., June 21, 2014.Horses to
  • Marksmen compete at the national level

    The 43rd Winston P. Wilson Championship, an annual championship for best marksman in the National Guard, took place this past May at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, North Little Rock, Ark.This year's competition was the first year members of the 103rd Security Forces Squadron formed a team to represent the Connecticut National Guard, competing with 86