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  • Helping Latvian Orphans Through Training

    Members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing's Civil Engineer Squadron with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard got the opportunity tohand-deliver glasses, clothes, books and toys to children at the Naujene Orphange, near Daugavpils, Latvia, June 29, 2015.Senior Master Sergeant Mark Nicolia and Technical Sergeant Richard Ryden, members of a military
  • Colonel Perez Assumes Command of the 171st Air Refueling Wing

    Col. Gregg A. Perez formally assumed command of the 171st Air Refueling Wing during an Assumption of Command ceremony held here today. The formal ceremony began at 10 a.m. with approximately 1,200 guardsmen in attendance, as well as Perez's family, media and Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Carrelli, who presided of the Assumption of Command. The base's Honor
  • ANG highlights interoperability capabilities at every level

    Airmen from three National Guard units took to the skies to support 13 nations in developing and ensuring a stable Baltic region during Saber Strike 15, June 9.Two KC-135 Stratotankers and their crews from Michigan and Pennsylvania joined A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from Maryland to provide close air support and keep that close air support flying
  • PA Air National Guard to receive aircraft simulator at Pittsburgh ANGB

    The Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 171st Air Refueling Wing, located at the Pittsburgh International Airport, has been chosen to receive a KC-135 flight simulator by the Air Force's Air Mobility Command.The addition of the simulator, which was prompted by the Pease Air National Guard Base, NH unit's switch from KC-135 to KC-46A aircraft, is
  • Official 171st Facebook Page

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing now has a new official Facebook page, adding another source to where unit members and the public can view photos, videos and keep up on 171st news. The Facebook page is growing daily in popularity as people can follow posts such as "Throwback Thursday" where every week vintage photos from 171st history are viewable and
  • 171st Air Refueling Wing Hosts African American Heritage Luncheon

    This year on Feb. 27, 2015 the 171st Air Refueling Wing celebrated the 32nd Annual African American Heritage Luncheon where unit members, local high school students, distinguished guest and entertainers gather together to celebrate black history month and the accomplishments of African Americans in the military. This year, Dr. Marcia M. Studivant,
  • 171st Members Volunteer for Project Bundle-Up

    Members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing volunteered to take pledges from a phone bank for WTAE-TV's Project Bundle-Up Telethon Dec. 05, 2014. Project Bundle-Up is a joint partnership with The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania that raises money to provide winter outerwear to local children and senior citizens.
  • Three Members Whose History Goes Back to Elementary School

    Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Pagano, Airman 1st Class Johanna Maloney and Senior Airman Clarissa Fabus share a bond that goes far beyond being members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing.  Pagano and Fabus met when they were first grade classmates at Saint Germaine's Catholic School.  It was a few years later, while in the fourth grade, that the girls
  • 171st Member Recognized as one of the Regions Most Distinguished Veterans

    Lt. Col. Michele Papakie, the Wing Inspector General at the 171st Air Refueling Wing located near Pittsburgh, was recognized for her distinguished military career at a ceremony  that honored veterans from the western Pennsylvania region. The event was held Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at the PNC Legacy Building in downtown Pittsburgh.    "Honoring Our
  • When Dreams Take Flight

    Note: This article was originally featured in the August/September 2014 issue of Greenesaver, a local newspaper prouduced in Green County, Pennsylvania.With nearly 14,000 aircraft being utilized across every branch of the United States Armed Forces, the need for trained specialists in all areas - pilots, mechanics, electronics technicians, air
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