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  • Women's History Month: Master Sgt. Misty Straus

    Master Sgt. Misty Straus joined the military in 1984 starting her career with the Army National Guard's 247th Medical Company. In 1996, she transferred to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing.Straus said her decision to join the military had a lot to do with her father. "My dad was in the Navy Reserves my whole life," she said. "I
  • Women's History Month: Senior Master Sgt. Deborah Gardner

    Senior Master Sgt. Deborah Gardner entered the military 28 years ago. She started off in the U.S. Marine Corps for 14 of those years and then transferred to the Air National Guard. She has been with the 109th Airlift Wing for 14 years. Gardner said patriotism and service to country were what drove her to join the military.Gardner is currently
  • Women's History Month: Capt. Ashley FitzGibbon

    Capt. Ashley FitzGibbon entered the military 10 years ago and has been with the 109th Airlift Wing for seven of those years. The college benefits offered were what drew FitzGibbon into joining the military."It was also a great opportunity to be part of an amazing, well-respected organization," she said.FitzGibbon serves as the Equal Opportunity
  • Women's History Month: 2nd Lt. Shannon Pingitore

    Second Lt. Shannon Pingitore is a 17-year veteran, with eight of those years being with the 109th Airlift Wing here. She said service of country, direction and career opportunities all attributed to her decision to join the military.Pingitore is currently a food services officer with the 109th Force Support Squadron's Services Flight. In this
  • 109th AW takes on additional ODF mission

    Airmen with the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing here will cap five months of support of U.S. Antarctic research efforts by flying 1,100 researchers and support staff, and 43 tons of cargo, from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to New Zealand aboard seven of its 10 ski-equipped LC-130 cargo planes.The flights are expected to begin next
  • 109th Airlift Wing Ends 2013-2014 Antarctic Season with Mission to Move Over 1,100 People from Ice

    Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing will cap five months of support of United States Antarctic research efforts by flying 1,100 researchers and support staff , and 43 tons of cargo, from the McMurdo Station base to New Zealand aboard seven of its 10 ski-equipped LC-130 cargo planes.The flights are expected to begin next
  • Airmen complete 109th AW's first leadership course

    More than 25 New York Air National Guardsmen got "re-blued" over the January Unit Training Assembly during the 109th Airlift Wing's first Leadership Development Course held by the 109th AW Chief's Council.The three-day course, held Jan. 10-12 for technical sergeants through senior master sergeants and second lieutenants through captains, covered
  • Schumer shows support for 109th AW mission

    Sen. Charles Schumer was here Jan. 3 to tour the base and learn more about the 109th Airlift Wing's unique mission with the National Science Foundation. Schumer's support for the unit's mission was evident as he vowed to fight to maintain current levels of funding the wing receives through National Science Foundation appropriations. Budget debates
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