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  • 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
  • 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