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  • Pennsylvania Air National Guardsman Honors the Fallen

    PITTSBURGH - An Airman from the 171st Air Refueling Wing honors fallen veterans by cleaning headstones and placing wreaths on their graves during the holiday season.Tech Sgt. Robert Hasenflu, an aircraft mechanic at the 171st ARW, has volunteered for the past six years to support the efforts of

  • Fit-to-fight Airmen compete in 111th ATKW Commander’s Cup

    BIDDLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Pa. -- Game was on during October’s regularly scheduled drill (RSD) as the 111th Attack Wing held a Commander’s Cup here on Oct. 14, 2023.Tug of war, a sprint medley, pull-ups, volleyball, basketball, corn hole, and weightlifting made up the events. Each squadron at

  • 111th ATKW welcomes its first female commander

    BIDDLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, PA -- For the first time in its 80-year history, the 111th Attack Wing welcomed a female commander, Col. Lynn M. Lee. Lee assumed command of the 111ATKW from Col. Deane Thomey during a ceremony here on September 9, 2023.“It’s bittersweet to leave because this is the

  • Pennsylvania Airmen Forge New Paths in Exercise Iron Keystone

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - In a display of unity and innovation, 150 Airmen from the three Pennsylvania Air National Guard wings converged for the groundbreaking Exercise Iron Keystone, held from Aug. 3 - 6. This landmark exercise marked the first joint endeavor among the wings, signaling a powerful

  • Crew Chief Dad Marshals Daughter's First Flight

    CORAOPOLIS, PA -- Megan Hirlehey wanted to be a pilot ever since she came to the base for family day as a kid with her dad Kevin Clancy, a Master Sergeant in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.“This is kind of the last thing I’m hanging around for, because I’m 38 and a half years in,” said

  • Pennsylvania Air Guard Gets New Special Ops Aircraft

    MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 193rd Special Operations Wing accepted a new MC-130J Commando II military aircraft during a July 27 ceremony.The 193rd SOW is the first — and currently the only — ANG unit to receive the MC-130J Commando II mission, a core, flagship mission of

  • Pennsylvania Air Guard Hosts Lithuanian Air Force Leaders

    HORSHAM, Pa. - Strategic planning, capability sharing and future cooperation were the focus when leaders of the Lithuanian Air Force and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Attack Wing met at Biddle Air National Guard Base March 20.Col. Antanas Matutis, Lithuanian Air Force commander,  and

  • 193rd Special Operations Wing Welcomes New Aircraft, Mission

    MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The 193rd Special Operations Wing became the first Air National Guard unit to receive an MC-130J Commando II aircraft Feb. 2 as part of its mission conversion to a flagship mission of Air Force Special Operations Command.“This is a monumental day for the 193rd, ANG, and AFSOC. The

  • Pennsylvania Airman Puts Military Medical Training to Work at Home

    MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Pennsylvania Air National Guard Master Sgt. Kenneth Rivera-Ithier used his military medical training to help save a life over the holidays.While visiting his wife’s family in New Jersey for the holidays, Rivera-Ithier was awakened from a Christmas afternoon nap to the sound of

  • Ten Tankers Launched from 171st in One Day

    CORAOPOLIS, Pa. -- Ten KC-135 aircraft were launched in a single day by the 171st on Oct. 25, 2022, making it one of the busiest days for flying at the unit on record.The ten aircraft were supporting a wide variety of different missions all over the country and globally.Typically, a day of flying at