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  • 65 year wait over, World War II veteran to receive the Purple Heart

    3/2/2009 - 171st Air Refueling Wing, Coraopolis, PA - A World War II veteran, 86 year-old David Rohm will be awarded the Purple Heart here Saturday, for injuries he sustained bailing out of his crippled B-17 aircraft, sixty-five years ago.On March 8th, 1944, Rohm, then a twenty-one year-old Tech. Sgt. in the Army Air Corps and radio operator/gunner
  • Bittersweet send off for Security Forces team

    Members of our Security Forces Squadron said their final goodbyes today before boarding a chartered flight that would eventually take them to their deployed base in Iraq. Twenty-five of forty-two Airmen departed today for a six month deployment where they will provide security of crucial military base infrastructure and assets in the Iraq area of
  • More in the air than just football

    As country recording artist Laura Bryna stood proudly on the 50 yard line at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field Sunday, November 16th, there was more than football in the air.       The sell-out crowd of over 62,000 Steelers fans roared as Bryna paid tribute to the military with her hit single "Hometown Heroes" followed by the National Anthem and a 171st Air
  • Pennsylvania Guardsmen contribute to Global Deterrence mission

    ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard are playing an active role in supporting the Global Deterrence mission here since their arrival Oct. 27.     Airmen deployed from the 171st Air Refueling Wing and their KC-135 Stratton are here as support for the theater security package, refueling aircraft such as B-52
  • 171st Base infrastructure modernizes

    Throughout the past year, the Civil Engineering Squadron dug deeply into three major construction projects on base. The renovation or new construction projects were valued at nearly $4 million. Topping the list of this year's projects was a new 3000-square-foot Combat Arms Training & Maintenance (CATM) building with a price tag of $750,000. "This
  • Pennsylvania shooters make their mark

    The 38th Annual Winston P. Wilson National and International Marksmanship Championships were recently held in Little Rock, Ark. The Alpha Team, which represented the State of Pennsylvania, consisted of Gregory Neiderhiser and Bill Foster both from the PA Army National Guard/Fort Indiantown Gap, Chris Fusco from PA Air National Guard/Willow Grove
  • Sesame Street’s new mission: teaching children the ABCs of dealing with stresses due to military deployments

    CORAOPOLIS, PA., October 26, 2008 - Watching hundreds of children from southwestern Pennsylvania respond to Elmo in an aircraft hangar took me back to watching my own daughters respond to him two decades ago. Elmo and his crew of fuzzy, lovable friends bridge all gaps in time and place to accomplish a mission. Much like they were on a mission to
  • 171st on display at air show

    There were some exciting attractions at this year's local Air Show. The performers included the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, electrifying the crowd as they flew their jets in close formation. The Army's Golden Knights parachute team wowed audiences with their aerial demonstrations. But, any member of the 171st Air Refueling Wing who attended the show
  • 171 ARW Tanker Times Newsletter November 2008

  • Utah ANG tests their wartime skills during recent ORI

    Although the Air Force is heavily engaged in the Global War on Terrorism, Operational Readiness Inspections are still taking place to test the service and its components on their wartime capabilities. The Utah Air National Guard is no exception. From Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, approximately 700 Airmen from the 151st Air Refueling Wing, Utah ANG; the 171st