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  • Honorable Manasco visits 109th AW

    STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y.-- Honorable Shon J. Manasco, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, gets a close up look of a ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules here March 20, 2019. Mr. Manasco visited the 109th Airlift Wing to get an inside look of the wing's daily operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by
  • Families strengthen relationships at Strong Bonds event

    “Learning our different personalities.” “Talking straight.” “Listening first.” These were just a few of the things families took away from this year’s Strong Bonds Family Retreat at Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock, Massachusetts, July 6-8. The 109th Airlift Wing’s Chaplain Corps holds Strong Bonds events a few times a year for families, couples and
  • 109th AW donates computers to Anderson Center for Autism

    The Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg, New York, has about 100 new computers thanks to the 109th Airlift Wing and the Department of Defense’s computers for learning (CFL) program. “We are allowed to donate computers that are no longer in service to local schools to help them save money and give them brand new assets to replace old and aging
  • Safety: Shaping our culture, not watching it change

    When Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein directed all Air Force wings with flying and maintenance functions to conduct an operational safety review, the 109thAirlift Wing’s safety team answered the call and brought about 500 Airmen together to discuss risk management and mitigating mishaps.  On June 18, Airmen gathered at the
  • Airman commissions, begins journey to becoming a doctor

    Staff Sgt. Isidora Monteparo, an aerospace medical technician assigned to the 109th Medical Group, was commissioned to second lieutenant, during a ceremony here March 4th.This commission is just the first step in her journey to become a doctor in the active duty Air Force through the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program.The scholarship
  • Airmen finish Antarctica support mission

    Airmen and aircraft with the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing have started their journey back home to Scotia, New York, from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, after another successful Operation Deep Freeze season.During this season - which marks the 30th year the wing has provided support - crews completed 120 missions within Antarctica.
  • LC-130 aircrew completes South Pole mission despite extreme weather conditions

    The harsh, unforgiving and unpredictable weather of Antarctica made a routine mission to the South Pole a little more than an LC-130 “Skibird” crew with the 139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron had bargained for on Nov. 9, 2017.Despite the extreme cold, minimum visibility and maximum crosswinds, the crew safely landed at the National Science
  • 109th takes off to support 30th ODF season

    The hum of an LC-130 Skibird taking off on a crisp upstate New York morning marked the 109th Airlift Wing’s annual migration south on Oct. 17.Two LC-130 aircrews, transporting supplies and equipment, began the first leg of a five-leg journey to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to provide logistical support to the National Science Foundation.The primary
  • 109th AW gains new commander

    Col. Michele Kilgore became the first female to assume command of the 109th Airlift Wing during a change of command ceremony here Oct. 15.Kilgore, a command pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours and seven deployments under her belt, becomes the 14th commander of the 109th AW. She assumed command from Col. Shawn A. Clouthier who served as the wing
  • Airmen come together to improve LC-130 static display

    Pride. History. Tradition. These are just a few of the words Airmen here have used to describe the significance of the LC-130 Skibird static display that sits in front of the base. Throughout the years, the 1957 LC-130 model has lost some of its vibrancy, so about 15 Airmen throughout the Wing got together over the last three weeks cleaning,