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  • Medical officer fights for his life

    He entered the performing arts center on Oct. 23 for the Olympus-Natural Muscle Association competition feeling good. He had trained hard for this moment, and even though he wasn't sure how he would do, he was fired up and ready to go. It had been a long, hard journey getting to this point, but just the fact that he was alive and able to be at this
  • Father and son team up for Satellite NCO Academy

    A father and son from the New York Air National Guard were among 130 Airmen from 14 units who graduated from the Satellite Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy Class 10-2 in a ceremony held at The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center here, Dec. 15.Tech. Sgt. Robert J. Helligrass and his son Tech. Sgt. Adam C. Helligrass,
  • Planes leave for South Pole

    The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing kicked off its 21st year of support for American Antarctic research today, as two ski-equipped C-130s roared off the runway here bound for the South Pole."Today we're taking one of the first planes down to Antarctica," said Lt. Col. George Alston, aircraft commander. "We will fly to California
  • Guard makes dream a reality for 9-year-old

    On Oct. 6, Jacob Kaminski enlisted in the Army, got promoted to sergeant, crossed over to the Blue as a second lieutenant and piloted an LC-130 Hercules. It's a feat that would take the rest of us years to accomplish; but for 9-year-old Jacob, it was all in a day's work. Jacob suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and one of his dreams is to
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  • BRATS prepare for Basic Training

    Many soon-to-be Airmen show up at Basic Military Training not sure what to expect -- whether it's the physical, educational or emotional demands training can put on new trainees. But those who join the 109th Airlift Wing have a little bit of an advantage when they show up at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, thanks to Stratton's BRATS program. The
  • Guard's Polar airlifters praised for their DEEP FREEZE Airmanship

    The men and women of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing here recently received high praise for their airmanship at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season of Operation Deep Freeze. Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), the U.S. military's operational and logistical support of the National Science Foundation's scientific research activities
  • Gym continues to improve with new equipment

    Throughout the years, the 109th Services Flight has made multiple efforts to bring the base gym up to everyone's satisfaction, from new floors and murals on the walls, to most recently, brand new equipment. The gym started out with practically nothing years ago, but thanks to the Scotia MWR facility and the National Guard Bureau, the wing was able
  • Wing ready for ODF season

    The 109th Airlift Wing will begin its 20th year of Operation Deep Freeze supporting the National Science Foundation in Antarctica with its first flight of the season planned to take off Oct. 27. Two LC-130 Hercules, ski-equipped aircraft, will take off on Oct. 27, followed by two more LC-130s and a C-5 Galaxy from the 105th AW at Stewart Air
  • 109th AW celebrates 60 years with Hangar Dance

    About 800 Airmen and guests filled Hangar 8 to celebrate the 109th Airlift Wing's 60th Anniversary on Oct. 4. The night started with a quick video about the wing being the recent recipient of the Spaatz Trophy, an award recognizing the 109th Airlift Wing as the Air National Guard's most outstanding flying unit for 2007. Also on screen was Lt. Matt