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  • Stripes for Exceptional Performers

    “This program is designed for the best of the best. Individuals are competing against top-performers, and imagine sitting in front of all the command chiefs across the state. That’s intense,” said Chief Master Sgt. Charles Wiley, command chief of the 171st ARW.
  • Andersen AFB KC-135 crew locates missing mariners on lone Pacific island

    Guardsmen from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard and the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania ANG deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, were the first to locate three missing mariners during a search and rescue mission in the Federated States of Micronesia southwest of Guam, Aug. 2.On July 29, three mariners aboard a
  • PA ANG First Sergeant of the Year

    Master Sgt. Bryan Curzi, assigned to the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pittsburgh, won the 2020 First Sergeant of the Year award for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Curzi is the first sergeant for the 171st Medical Group during his traditional drill weekends and is employed full time with the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
  • Wing Safety Innovates and Adapts to COVID-19

    The Wing Safety Office at the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pittsburgh, Pa., has shifted their human interaction filled work day to a socially distanced and virtual presence. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have fine-tuned their SharePoint site, provided vital insight to the quick response “Tiger Team” and gone to a two shift schedule for more hourly safety coverage.
  • 171st ARW AFE shop produces masks

    Over the course of a couple months the Aircrew Flight Equipment shop along with additional volunteers across the 171st Air Refueling Wing made approximately 600 masks in support of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Public Health teams adjusts to COVID-19

    Everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another, big or small. For the 171st Medical Group’s Public Health Office, it has been a whirlwind. Transitioning from having one full time member to providing 24/7 phone support is just one of the changes they’ve had to adjust to.
  • Leaders Worth Following

    The Pennsylvania Air National Guard 171st Air Refueling Wing plays a vital role in the global Air Force mission. The “Superwing” is home to 16 KC-135 “Stratotanker” aircraft, which support aerial refueling missions almost daily. Behind each aircraft is a force of guardsmen with all kinds of missions besides flying. For example, aircraft maintenance, providing medical support, preparing meals, and maintaining the infrastructure of the installation are just some of the jobs that keep the base running. The Civil Engineer Squadron is the organization responsible for maintaining and updating that infrastructure used by every member within the wing.
  • Army joins Air Force for OSHA training

    Soldiers and Airmen in the Pennsylvania National Guard attended an Occupational Safety and Health Administration course hosted at the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Jan. 29-30 2020, near Pittsburgh, Pa. Eighteen members from the Army National Guard were in attendance in addition to 10 airmen. The goal is to minimize the amount of injuries and accidents by properly informing military members of safety standards. Guardsmen are constantly working towards integrating safety into their daily work centers.
  • 95th Officer Candidate Company Visits 171st

    Vietnam veterans from the 95th Officer Candidate Company, Ft. Benning Georgia celebrated their 50th graduation anniversary by touring the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Pittsburgh, July 25, 2019.
  • 171st Air Refueling Wing Gets BASH’d

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing, Environmental Resource Solutions (ERS), the 911th Airlift Wing, United States Department of Agriculture and Wildlife Services, and the Pittsburgh International Airport partnered on July 11, 2019 to conduct a wildlife assessment as part of the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) plan to protect ecosystems, reduce damage to aircraft, and combat the loss of life.