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  • 171st Partners with Lincoln Police Dept. to Build Training Facility

    Pennsylvania Air National Guardsmen with the 171st Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineer Squadron recently deployed to Lincoln, Nebraska, to continue construction work on the Lincoln Police Department's new Law Enforcement Training Center.  The project, part of the Innovative Readiness Training program, provided 171 CES members training while
  • Priest Pilots Tour the 171st

    The National Association of Priest Pilots attended a tour of facilities and an aircraft at the 171st Air Refueling Wing on July 13.The group consisting of 30+ priests who are also pilots sharing enthusiasm for faith and aviation. These similarities bring them together from all across the country to the 171st as a part of their annual
  • Partnership between 171st and Marines Enhance Training Experience

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing's Vehicle Management Flight provided equipment and qualification training to support requirements for U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Wing Support Squad 471, Detachment A, and the 1st and 2nd Platoon Truck Company April 18, 2016 through April 22, 2016.This training is unique because normally each branch of service
  • 171st ARW Eagerly Awaits KC-135 Stratotanker Simulator Arrival

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing will be receiving a KC-135 Stratotanker simulator, which is projected to be operational on its base located outside of Pittsburgh by Dec. 1, 2016.The simulator, which was awarded to the 171st ARW by Air Mobility Command, will be coming from Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire.The 171st has been talking to AMC
  • 171st Fire Emergency Services Flight Honors Local Fire Departments

    In Dec. 2015, on behalf of the 171st Fire Emergency Services Flight, Master Sgt. Gary Shannon presented Kevin Crawford, chief of the Brighton Township Volunteer Fire Department, and Dave Trzciankia, chief of the Baden VFD, a framed plaque of a KC-135 for their continued support of providing training materials and equipment not readily available at
  • Steel City Salutes the Troops Celebration at Point State Park

    (Nov. 7, 2015) - The 171st Air Refueling Wing, in conjunction with the city of Pittsburgh and Point State Park, participated in the 2nd annual Steel City Salutes the Troops after the city's Veterans' Day Parade at Point State Park Nov. 7, 2015.Steel City Salutes the Troops is an annual open house for the public to get a close look at the military
  • 171st Rated Effective by Inspectors

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing was rated "effective" after an eight-day inspection in October of 2015 that included an in-depth look at the programs and procedures of every work section on base.The Unit Effectiveness Inspection (UEI), or Capstone, is the culminating event in the Air Force's new Air Force Inspection System (AFIS). Inspectors from Air
  • 171st Deploys to Middle East

    Pennsylvania Air National Guardsmen from the 171st Air Refueling Wing near Pittsburgh prepare to deploy a KC-135 aircraft and about 25 Airmen to the Middle East the night of Jan. 5, 2016. 
  • 171st Visits Retired Veterans

    Air National Guardsmen from the 171st Air Refueling Wing, including the Commander of the 171st, Col. Gregg Perez, visited veterans this holiday season at the Southwestern Veterans Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. with Maj. Gen. James Joseph, the Adjutant General and Brig. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, the Deputy Adjutant General - Air. Dec. 15, 2015. During the
  • Through the Lens: Civil Engineering in Latvia

    My recent Deployment for Training to Latvia with the 171 Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineer Squadron was eye-opening, at the very least.It was my first time overseas, first time working one-on-one with another squadron and my first time actually doing the job the military has trained me to do.I won't deny that I was a bit intimidated when asked to
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