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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
  • Wing awarded Spaatz Trophy

    The 109th Airlift Wing was awarded the prestigious National Guard Association of the United States' Spaatz Trophy for 2007. Lt. Gen. Craig McKinley, Air National Guard director, presented Col. Anthony German, 109th AW commander,  the trophy Sept. 22 during the NGAUS Awards Ceremony in Baltimore.The Spaatz trophy, named in honor of former Chief of
  • Base firefighters respond to aircraft crash

    Firefighters stationed here were the first to respond to an aircraft crash across the flightline at Schenectady County Airport on Sept. 23 at about 3 p.m. The team was on scene within two minutes of the call. They quickly extinguished the fire and worked to get the man out of the aircraft. The crew said when they arrived on scene it was "controlled
  • C-5 airlifts C-130 fuselage to Stratton

    On Sept. 10 a 105th Airlift Wing C-5 Galaxy from Newburgh, N.Y., landed here with precious cargo - a training fuselage of a C-130A that the 143rd AW in Rhode Island no longer needed. It was the first time a non-modified C-5 had carried this cargo. The fuselage was brought here to provide more training opportunities for guardsmen. Getting the C-130
  • Guardsmen spend lunch with elementary students

    Students are lined up outside the cafeteria, and you can feel their excitement. Maybe it's because today is pizza day. It could also be because they know summer vacation is right around the corner. But it's probably because they know there are some visitors waiting to spend lunchtime with them. More than 40 men and women here have taken time out of
  • McNulty honored at base

    Rep. Michael McNulty, D-21st Congressional District, was honored during a visit here May 29 during a breakfast hosted by the Schenectady Chamber and the Schenectady Military Affairs Council. About 70 community and military leaders attended the event at the base dining facility. The congressman has been in public service for nearly 40 years and was