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  • A Perspective from the Bottom of the World

    Senior Airman Lucas McEntire, an aircraft fuels systems mechanic with the 103rd Maintenance Squadron, volunteered for a short tour of duty with the 109th Airlift Wing out of Schenectady, New York, to the bottom of the world--Antarctica. The five-week trip afforded him the opportunity to perform his fuels duties, such as replacing fuel pumps, seals
  • Oath presents new inspection team's responsibilities in black and white

    "I want to start by thanking all of you for being here and stepping up," said Col. Frank Detorie, commander of the 103rd Airlift Wing, as he addressed the soon-to-be-appointed members of the wing inspection team on June 10, 2014."You all are charged with administering what's called the CCIP, that's the commander's inspection program--that's my
  • Feeling stuck?

    Do you find yourself stuck in a situation or pattern that you really want or need to change and don't know how?  If you are unsure if the situation warrants change, ask yourself what advice you would give to a friend if they were in the same situation.  Typically, taking the personal connection out of the equation makes it much clearer.     Most
  • Service members can break a bad sleep cycle

    Believe it or not, there is something to counting sheep when a stressful day turns into a sleepless night. What happens though when counting sheep doesn't seem to be working? Endless nights of tossing and turning, frequent waking or even waking up early can translate to just having a tough time sleeping. However, insomnia has a wide breadth and you
  • Astronaut earned Flying Yankees a footnote in history

    The members of the Connecticut Air National Guard have always held true to the old Air Force motto "Aim High," but none have aimed as high as the late John L. Swigert Jr., who reached for the stars and forever earned the Flying Yankees a footnote in the history books. Swigert served with the Flying Yankees from 1960 through 1965, flying the F-86
  • Air Guard youth tour Bradley ANG Base

    In the style of a take-your-kid-to-work-day, the 103rd Airlift Wing hosted a tour for the children of Air Guardsmen on April 4, 2014. The event was sponsored by the Connecticut Child and Youth Program, a Connecticut National Guard program that aims at providing support and services for young dependents of Guardsmen in Connecticut. The tour included
  • Diamonds in the rough learn how to shine

    There is very little that can suppress the level of nervousness just before knocking on a door to a room that contains a panel of non-commissioned officers. The diamond board provides an opportunity to experience those uneasy feelings and learn to operate under the same stress in future scenarios.Once a year, the first sergeants present the Diamond
  • I pick things up, I put them down--in planes

    Neither rain, sleet, nor dark of night will keep these Port Dawgs from their calling and on Saturday, Dec 7, 2013, you could add the whipping wind and chilling cold to that list. That day, the Port Dawgs, air transportation craftsmen as they are known here at Bradley Air National Guard Base, threw their own comfort into that chilly air and
  • ‘Flying Governor’ photo is worth a thousand questions

    The late Governor John H. Trumbull was known as the "Flying Governor" of Connecticut due to his love of aviation and habit of flying his own aircraft to speaking engagements, according to his biography on file with the Connecticut State Library.The biography also indicates that Trumbull served in the First Connecticut Infantry and rose to the rank
  • Connecticut's Air Guardsmen support Special Olympics

    Our natural instincts at sporting events are to keep scores and stats. The energy and thrill of competition broken down into quantitative components that fit well with our sensibilities as spectators. That's usually what one expects from sporting events, but this was not just any sporting event--this was the Special Olympics.Members of the 103
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