109th Airlift Wing News

Twenty families with the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York, attended the Strong Bonds Family Retreat on July 6-8, 2018, at Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock, Massachusetts. The 109th AW Chaplain Corps holds the events a few times a year at different locations for families, couples and even singles in an effort to help strengthen relationships. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Catharine Schmidt)
Staff Sgt. Perry Rayner assists his sister, Staff Sgt. Meya Rayner, in the gym April 2018. They, along with Tech. Sgt. Kat Gregory, found a common bond through bodybuilding. The three keep each other motivated as well as others on base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt)
Staff Sgts. Perry Rayner assits Tech. Sgt. Kat Gregory in the gym April 20, 2018. They along with Staff Sgt. Meya Rayner, all with the 109th Airlift Wing, found a common bond through bodybuilding. The three keep each other motivated as well as others on base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt)
(From left) Senior Airmen Damon Mason, David Crandall, Michael Hack and Senior Master Sgt. Patrick Reimann load up computers for the Anderson Center for Autism on June 4, 2018. About 100 computers from the 109th Airlift Wing were donated to the center as part of the Department of Defense’s computers for learning program. The Airmen are all part of the 109th Communications Flight. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara)
Senior Master Sgt. Rick Rueda, 109th Airlift Wing Occupational Safety Manager, discusses safety trends across the wing with about 400 Airmen during the 109th AW’s operational safety review day at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga, New York, on June 18, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara)
Airmen and Soldiers particiapte in the Ruck March of the German Armed Forces Forces Proficiency Badge on April 14, 2018, at Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York. Thirty-nine Airmen and Soldiers participated in the three-day event which consisted of four different qualification tests. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara)
Staff Sgt. Isidora Monteparo, an aerospace medical technician assigned to the 109th Medical Group, has the rank of second lieutenant pinned on by her sister, Staff Sgt. Esmeralda Monteparo and Maj. (Dr.) Kevin Jones, during a ceremony here March 3 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie J. Lambert)
Staff Sgt. Latisha Webb, 139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron crew chief, taxis an LC-130 “Skibird” into the fuel pit on the Williams Field skiway at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on Nov. 6, 2017. Both Webb and the LC-130 are deployed to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze from the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia, New York. This is the 30th season the 109th AW is providing ODF support. ODF is the Department of Defense’s logistical support to the National Science Foundation’s U.S. Antarctic Program. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt)
Staff Sgt. John Cox, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing, poses with his dog Maria, on Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2017. Cox adopted Maria while deployed to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie J. Lambert)
This LC-130 “Skibird” crew landed at the South Pole Station with minimum visibility and maximum crosswinds, and then were forced to make an emergency weather divert to Terra Nova Bay when extreme weather made it unsafe to land at McMurdo Station on Nov. 9, 2017. The crew (from left): 1st Lt. Brian Alexander, co-pilot; Airman 1st Class Ryan Rhoads, loadmaster; Lt. Col. Ronald Ankabrandt, navigator; Senior Master Sgt. Michael Messineo, flight engineer; Senior Master Sgt. David Vesper, loadmaster; and Capt. Brandon Caldwell, pilot. The 139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron crew and LC-130 are deployed to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze, the logistical support provided by the Department of Defense to the U.S. Antarctic Program. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt)

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This week, 180 cadets are here for their annual Civil Air Patrol Leadership Encampment. Check out their page to see what they’ve been up to!
Yesterday, Lt. Col. Dave Panzera - a 33-year Air Force veteran - made his final Air Force flight. This wasn't just a "fini-flight" for Panzera; it was also an opportunity for 27 cadets participating in this week's Civil Air Patrol Leadership Encampment to get to ride on the ski-equipped LC-130 aircraft. Since 2014, Panzera has overseen the annual CAP encampment at the base. He has been with the Wing since 1994, flying missions in both Antarctica and Greenland.
This past weekend 20 families got together at Jiminy Peak Resort to attend the 109th AW's Chaplain Corps Strong Bonds family retreat. Throughout the weekend, families were given tools to help strengthen their relationships while also being able to spend some quality time together. The chaplains hold various events throughout the year for families, couples and singles.
On Friday, we said goodbye to Master Sgt. Daniel Spiewak, a crew chief with the 109th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron who has been with the Wing since 2000. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, and he will be sorely missed here at the Wing. Fly high, Sergeant Spiewak. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara)
What do you do to stay motivated with fitness and nutrition throughout the year? These three Airmen with the Wing say competing in bodybuilding competitions helps them reach their full potential.
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than by welcoming home some of our Airmen!! Today, Capt. Anthony Amico, Tech. Sgt. Justin Beyer, Tech. Sgt. Brandon Deming, Staff Sgt. Jason Candido and Staff Sgt. Christopher Dumond all returned home after deploying to Southwest Asia. Welcome home Airmen!! (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara) The National Guard | Air National Guard | United States Air Force
Congratulations to newly promoted Tech. Sgt. Christopher Meyer of the 109th Fire Department! Army Maj. Joshua Meyer of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, flew a Black Hawk over to promote his brother during a ceremony today on the flightline here. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin German)
Last week about 500 Airmen took part in the wing’s operational safety review day. “Your 109th safety team is shaping our culture, not watching it change. That’s our motto, and that’s the motto that we want to impart on the wing.” - Lt Col Dean Johnson, 109th AW Chief of Safety.
Congratulations MSgt Henderson!
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
Congratulations to newly promoted Chief Master Sgt. Siobhan Macaulay and her husband, newly promoted Senior Master Sgt. Tim Macaulay! Both 109th AW Airmen were promoted during a joint ceremony today.
We have media out in Greenland with us this week to get a first-hand look at how we train as well as how we support the National Science Foundation (NSF). One of those media outlets is The Weather Channel who just spoke with one of our LC-130 Skibird pilots, Maj. Christopher Husher, on the weather challenges they face when flying in extreme conditions. Check out the podcast - "Hacking the Mission in Greenland: Flying in Extremes" - in the link below! Air National Guard | United States Air Force | The National Guard
Tons of activities going on all day for our Airmen and families. We’re starting with Wingman Day and then bringing out our families for more fun with Family Day! Follow us on Instagram @109thaw and check out our story to see everything going on today.
Don't forget! Bring your families out to the base tomorrow afternoon for great food and lots of fun! Players from the Albany Empire football team will also be joining us for the kid's fun run at 1:30. See you there! *Note - Those coming to Family Day must have a military ID to get on base or be with someone who does. Parking will also be limited, so carpooling is encouraged.
A message from our Chief of Safety, Command Chief, and Wing Commander for this UTA.
Honoring and remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Air Force wants to hear from you! As part of our Unit Effectiveness Inspection (UEI) visit coming up in October, a survey has been created to get input from our Airmen, families and our civilian workforce and contractors. This survey is a critical part of the inspection process so maximum participation by everyone is encouraged. This is a completely anonymous survey and inspectors are looking for honest and sincere answers. This is the ideal time to let the Air Force know what is working within our unit and what may need some work. Click on the link below to access the survey which only takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Master Sgt. William Hanrahan joined the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing in 1996 to serve his community and his country. He is now the senior maintenance controller for the 109th Maintenance Operations Flight. Not only has he deployed numerous times with the unit to both Greenland and Antarctica, but he's also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Resolve immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks. "I love the camaraderie that the Guard provides. The 109th members are like my second family." Sergeant Hanrahan is just one of the many outstanding Airmen proudly serving within the Wing. #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth
It’s official! The new Air Force uniform will be the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP). Find out more information by clicking the link below.