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  • Connecticut Guard upgrades C-130H fleet

    The Connecticut Air National Guard, home of the 103rd Airlift Wing ‘Flying Yankees’, is upgrading its fleet of C-130H Hercules aircraft. The first of seven H3 model C-130s arrived at Bradley Air National Guard Base in June 2021. The H3s will replace the Connecticut Guard’s current fleet of aircraft, which consists of H1 models.
  • 103rd Airmen aim to inspire girls

    Children lined up inside the New England Air Museum to participate in the “Women Take Flight” event held Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Windsor Locks, Conn. The event, which is a celebration of Women’s History Month and women in aerospace, brought women from different military branches and aerospace industries together to introduce young girls to aviation and STEM careers.
  • The 103rd and 143rd fly together

    On a particularly rare occasion, Bradley’s 118th Airlift Squadron took a break from routine training and teamed up with the 143rd Airlift Squadron to fly “H” and “J” model C-130s together in a five-ship formation.
  • Connecticut Airmen learn MHFA, support resilience

    Members of the Air Force, across the active duty, Guard and Reserve, have been tasked with developing initiatives to support mental fitness and increase resilience. The Connecticut Air National Guard recently hosted a Mental Health First Aid Certification Course in coordination with the Healthy Minds Alliance of Health360, Inc. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches participants how to recognize and respond to mental health crises.
  • Connecticut National Guard strengthens alliance with Uruguay

    Members of the Connecticut National Guard met and fomented critical discussion with Uruguayan service leads from the Army, Navy, and Air Force June 24 - 29, 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay during a State Partnership Program (SPP) visit. One of the United States’ key policy goals in Uruguay is to enhance U.S., Uruguayan, and global security by working with our military counterparts in Uruguay. The SPP is a program the National Guard began in 1993 to promote enduring and mutually beneficial security relationships with ally nations. There are currently 83 countries across all six geographic combatant commands that participate in the program. The Connecticut National Guard is partnered with Uruguay and has been working with the South American nation for the last 20 years.
  • Bogies for the Brave

    On June 1, 2019, members of the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron and the 103rd Operations Group participated in Bogies for the Brave’s annual golf tournament at Hunter Golf Club in Meriden, Connecticut.
  • Deployment Discovery Day

    Husband and wife, Jacob and Brooke Cournoyer smiled as they drew large, red, white and blue block letters on a poster board. The letters read “Welcome Home.”
  • Conn. Air National Guard showcases global reach in Greenland

    The Air National Guard is known to be a force that is ready to respond to domestic emergencies. These proven capabilities range from natural disaster relief to civil disturbance operations. However, the scope of the Air National Guard’s federal mission, which calls for Air Guardsmen to serve in various nations around the world, is lesser known.
  • Female Airman thrives despite doubt

    Female service in the U.S. military dates back to long before women were first legally allowed to enlist in 1917. In fact, as early as the beginning of the Revolutionary War in 1775, women were serving as nurses and cooks in military camps. However, it wasn’t until July 8, 1948, that the first female, Sgt. Esther Blake, was allowed to enlist in the Air Force as a part of what was then known as the Women’s Air Force.
  • Family Support hosts Connecticut National Guard's first Deployment Discovery Day

    Approximately 50 Connecticut National Guard children, from kindergarten through eighth grade, participated in the first Deployment Discovery Day, organized through the 103rd Airlift Wing’s Family Support program, May 19, 2018, at the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut. Laughter and excitement filled the air as the children progressed through a series of push-ups, sit-ups, burpees and relay runs. Grey skies and dark clouds loomed overhead, but that didn’t diminish the enthusiasm felt by the children participating in the physical training (PT) session. Following PT, meals ready to eat (MREs) were served followed by a trip to the flight line and, even as the rain began to pour, there was no stopping the group. The children were “deployed,” and they had to continue the mission despite the weather.