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  • 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

  • Airmen From 3 States Repair LC-130 Stranded at South Pole

    AMUNDSON-SCOTT SOUTH POLE, Antarctica - National Guard Airmen from New York, Pennsylvania and Kentucky braved subzero temperatures at the bottom of the world to repair an LC-130 “Skibird.”The plane was stranded at Amundson-Scott South Pole Station following a routine supply mission when a cable

  • 171st Air Refueling Wing Keeps B-2 Stealth Bomber Airborne

    CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – A Pennsylvania Air National Guard KC-135 tanker crew from the 171st Air Refueling Wing responded recently to an unexpected request for fuel from a B-2 bomber crew.The three-man crew was performing a preflight checklist on the KC-135, call sign Steel 51, preparing to depart from

  • Pennsylvania Air Guard Joins Operation Noble Defender

    CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing participated in the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Defender off the U.S. northeast coast Oct. 25-27. NORAD’s continental U.S. region led this iteration of OND, which incorporated U.S. and

  • Joint Exercises Increase Security Force Readiness, Lethality

    MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron participated in a few firsts this year, increasing the readiness and lethality of the Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element program.DAGRE team members honed their tactical skills by participating for the first time in the

  • Pennsylvania’s 111th Attack Wing Conducts Readiness Exercise

    BIDDLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Pa. – Pennsylvania Air National Guard Airmen of the 111th Attack Wing conducted a readiness exercise during an extended drill Sept. 15-17 at Biddle Air National Guard Base to test their ability to support pre-deployment and post-deployment operations. The exercise is