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  • 171st Takes Part in State Emergency Preparedness Exercise

    The Pennsylvania National Guard hosted a Vigilant Guard exercise with scenarios taking place at eight locations throughout the Commonwealth from 8 through 15 May, 2014. These exercises provide opportunities for military and civilian counterparts to integrate planning efforts between local, state and federal agencies in order to identify
  • President Obama and Vice President Biden land at the 171st

    President Obama and Vice President Biden land at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard 171st Air Refueling Wing near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, April 16, 2014. Before their tour of the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center to speak on the importance of jobs-driven skills training, Obama and Biden took time to shake hands with members
  • 171st Hosts 31st Annual African-American Heritage Luncheon

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing hosted its 31st annual African-American Heritage Luncheon, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott here. The event allowed the 171st ARW to celebrate its diversity, along with the local community, during African-American History Month.Attendees, including faculty and students from local high schools,
  • President Barack Obama Lands at the 171st Air Refueling Wing

    The President of the United States, Barack Obama, landed here in Air Force One at approximately 12:15p.m. today before traveling to the U.S. Steel plant in West Mifflin, near Pittsburgh, to deliver a speech as part of a two-day tour used to promote his proposals given during his State of the Union address.Despite subzero temperatures and a strict
  • 171st Annual Open Season Health Care Benefits Fair

    The annual Open Season Health Care Benefits Fair was held here today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the dining facility. Eight health care vendors and two financial planning vendors were present at the fair, giving service members an opportunity to explore and discuss benefits available to them.The providers at the health fair offer plans for everyone,
  • Local Police Department K-9 Units Train at 171st

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, provided a secure location for local law enforcement agencies to train their K-9 units on August 28, 2013. Beaver County, Center Township, Findlay Township, and Scott Township Police Departments attended. Staff Sgt. Brian Erickson from the 171st Air Refueling Wing Security Forces
  • Retired Beale Bandits are Reunited with a KC-135 Stratotanker they Serviced 46 Years Ago.

    U.S. Air Force retired Master Sgt. Robert Bragg Jr. from Ohio and retired Sgt. Tom Lacey from Virginia were reunited with a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft September 24, 2013. Bragg and Lacey were stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California in the late sixties. They were both "ground crew," meaning they performed preflight and post flight
  • Now that's what I call high quality H20

    The members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing drink approximately 31,200 bottles of water per day. Ninety percent of the 380th's water is delivered by one Airman. With just two years of experience in the Air Force, Airman 1st Class Mickey Laskowsky is the operational side of the wing's annual two and a half million dollar water program to ensure
  • Sexual Assault Prevention & Response "Down Day"

         Sexual Assault Prevention & Response is a topic that is of importance DOD wide. All Air Force units must participate in Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Training. The most recent Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, or SAPR, training at the 171 ARW was held on Sunday, August 4th. The morning began with a 5k "fun run" that wound through
  • Colonel Metzgar Assumes Command of the 171st Air Refueling Wing

    On Aug. 3rd, the 171st Air Refueling Wing, located in Coraopolis, PA. hosted a Wing Commander Assumption of Command Ceremony. The Assumption of Command Ceremony, is a formal ceremony where the commander assumed the responsibility of the 171st Air Refueling Wing. Troops assembled in formation in honor of this event.Col. Edward E. "Ted" Metzgar
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