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  • 171st takes the plunge in 2010

         As hundreds of people dressed in bathing suits and tossle caps lined the Monongahela River preparing to plunge in the below freezing water, children across Western Pennsylvania were keeping warm in their winter coats.  The 2010 Polar Bear Plunge raised more than $2,000 for Project Bundle Up. 

  • Colonel makes presentation to Pittsburgh Penguins

         As the Pittsburgh Penguins prepared to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Mellon Arena December 7, 2009; members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing joined players on the ice in a pre-game presentation.     Col. Mark Van Kooten, 171st Maintenance Group Commander presented Penguin General

  • First Hometown Heroes Ceremony recognizes deployers and their families

         Over 300 unit members from the 171st Air Refueling Wing were recognized at the first Hometown Heroes Ceremony in the fuel hangar on the morning of December 6.     This ceremony focused on those airmen who were deployed 30 to 179 consecutive days since September 11, 2001.  In addition the

  • AMC Commander chooses Pittsburgh as a first stop

         It didn't take long for the new Air Mobility Commander, General Raymond Johns to share his philosophy with the members of the Wing when he visited the base 30 November.     Brig. Gen. Roy Uptegraff, 171st Commander hosted a "Social" event for General Johns and his staff the evening he arrived

  • 171st members make worthwhile donation

         Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Andrulonis of the 171st Maintenance Group's Aerospace Ground Equipment shop accepts a check from First Sgt. Shawn Boyle and Chief Master Sgt. Terry malley representing the nearly $2000 collected through donations for the medical care of Jeff's cousin, two-year-old Jaden

  • Chili Cook-Off

         The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kicked off their 2009 drive Oct. 23, at the 171st Air Refueling Wing with the first-ever Chili Cook-Off.  Sixteen unit members created their own special chili and presented it to the unit members for tasting in the wing dining facility while simultaneously

  • Unit Members Help Pack Care Packages for Troops

         What a better way to start this Christmas season than to help bring joy to others!  The Greater Beneficial Union (GBU) of Pittsburgh invited members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing to help send joy to deployed troops this year.       GBU has taken it upon itself to make this event happen for

  • Honorary Commanders Mock Deploy

         The Honorary Commanders Association (HCA) is a cooperative effort of the Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, 171st Air Refueling Wing, 911th Airlift Wing and 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.  Each year, approximately 15 local business professionals are paired with commanders and senior

  • Air Guard Medical Team Provides Care in Africa

         As citizens in the tri-state area fret over the effects of the H1N1 virus, Airmen of the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Medical Group were treating life threatening illnesses this country has not experienced in decades.     Fifteen airmen assigned to the Wing deployed to Uganda, in western Africa to

  • Non-commissioned officers honored by the state of Pennsylvania

    As for most crucial battles, Gettysburg was an opportunity for military leaders and war heroes to emerge and accomplish great feats. Almost 150 years later, a group of Pennsylvania Soldiers and Airmen gathered on the same fields to study the history of those who fought before them. Non-commissioned

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