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  • 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
  • New Resource for Veterans Searching for Employment.

    A new program was announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry that provides free hotel accommodations to veterans conducting job searches outside the region where they live. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor has partnered with Hilton Worldwide to assist veterans, including National Guard and Reserve, spouses, and transitioning
  • New Commissary and Exchange Store Opens in Moon Township

    The grand opening of the Pittsburgh Area Commissary and The Moon Township Express Military Clothing Store took place at the McGarity Army Reserve Center in Coraopolis Pa. Oct. 21, 2014. The ribbon cutting ceremony and the chance to browse the new stores attracted about 400 people.The new facility has been built to replace the Charles E. Kelly
  • Steel City Salutes the Troops Honors Veterans Past and Present.

    November 8, 2014, the air was cold and cutting, typical for a November morning in Western Pennsylvania. At Point State Park, Pittsburgh, a slight breeze was blowing, waving the American Flag, red and white stripes standing out against the bright blue sky. It was a picture-perfect day! Bystanders lined the streets of downtown Pittsburgh, waiting for
  • Former 171st Air Refueling Wing Commander inducted into Pa Air National Guard Hall of Fame

    Brig. Gen. (Retired) William J. Boardley, originally of Washington, Pa, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Air National Guard Hall of Fame, Sept. 14, 2014, in recognition of his impressive 34-year military career. The induction took place during a Flight of Freedom Ceremony held in Horsham, Pennsylvania.Induction into the PaANG Hall of Fame is
  • Air Force Revamps AEF

    The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1. The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the
  • Steel City Salutes the Troops

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing has joined with Point State Park and numerous other agencies to host Steel City Salutes the Troops, the region's first interactive military and community outreach project, to celebrate local military history and relevance to the public.The event, scheduled for November 8, 2014, is designed to bring military members from
  • Pennsylvania Air and Army National Guard conduct joint training with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

    Pennsylvania Air and Army National Guardsmen from the 171st Air Refueling Wing, the 258th Air Traffic Control Squadron, a geographically separated unit of the 171st, and the 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion participate in a joint exercise with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) at the John P. Murtha Cambria County Airport in
  • 171st Marksman Wins First Place in Governor's Twenty Shooting Competition

    Master Sergeant Ed Altmeyer and his team of marksmen from the 171st Air Refueling Wing won nine out of 20 available awards, with Altmeyer wining first place in the Pennsylvania "Governor's Twenty" Shooting Competition at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pa., Aug. 9. The competition measures the skill of marksmen in the Pennsylvania Air and Army
  • Joey Fabus: Commander for A Day

    Eight-year-old Joey Fabus became commander for a day at the 171st Air Refueling Wing here, July 17, 2014, fulfilling his childhood dream of joining the military. Joey, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, spent the day with members, completing various activities designed for his special day, before being awarded the 171st Medal for