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  • 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.
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    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.
  • Civil Engineers Deploy for Training

    Guardsmen from the 171st Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineer Squadron took the opportunity to gain job-specific training that cannot be acquired at home station and deployed to 8th Wing Royal Canadian Armed Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, June 30 to July 14, 2019.
  • Pioneer Fire Chief Recites Tales of the 171st Legacy

    The first ever fire chief for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard unit in Pittsburgh revisits the installation to share tales of his tenure.
  • 171st Air National Guardsman Receives Army Combat Action Badge

    Senior Airman Joshua Harhai, an Engineering Assistant assigned to the 171st Civil Engineer Squadron has been awarded the Army Combat Action Badge during a recent deployment to Bagram, Afghanistan March 18, 2018.
  • Classroom to Coalition: Pennsylvania teacher supports war against ISIS

    When fifth grade math and science teacher Chris Bowser steps into his western Pennsylvania classroom, he focuses on his students’ learning needs.While deployed to the Middle East, Capt. Chris Bowser steps into the office focusing on the needs of military members of an international coalition fighting to defeat ISIS.Bowser is a Pennsylvania Air
  • 171st Successfully Tests LAIRCM System

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing tested the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures (LAIRCM) Gen 3 missile defense system here on May 25, 2018. The LAIRCM is designed to protect the KC-135 Stratotanker and other aircraft from surface-launched Infrared (IR) guided missiles.