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  • Third Annual 171st CFC Campaign Season (and chili season) is here!

    Every fall, the 171st has the opportunity to make a difference by contributing to the local Combined Federal Campaign, and try some really great chili. Last year, our members contributed more than $20,000 to the CFC from more than 40 donors. We hope to continue the success with this year's campaign. To kickoff the CFC campaign, the 171st hosts a
  • Brig. Gen. Uptegraff receives Legion of Merit

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. -- Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, Pennsylvania adjutant general, awarded Brig. Gen. Roy E. Uptegraff III, the Legion of Merit during a ceremony at the installation Oct. 12, 2012. Brig. Gen. Uptegraff is the former commander of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 171st Air Refueling Wing. He was awarded the award for his
  • “Practice Makes Perfect!”

    In order to make sure we are deployment ready for our Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), it's imperative that unit members are able to be processed in a very efficient and timely manner. "The point of the ORI is to prove that we are capable of deploying a large amount of people quickly and efficiently," says Tech. Sgt. Craiger. The Force
  • Social media makes staying in touch with Basic Military Trainees easier

    Long gone are the days in which the only insight parents had about their young heroes' USAF Basic Training experience was experienced through brief, hurried, "patio break" phone calls. Now thanks to social media parents and other loved ones can gain insight into the Basic Training experience through Facebook pages such as the AF Wing Moms and the
  • 171st Chaplains' office diversifies

    Meet, Chaplain (Capt.) Andrew Cohen, the first Jewish Chaplain in the history of the 171st Air Refueling Wing. The military prides itself on having a robust diverse force, so having a diverse Chapel staff is an asset. It helps ensure that all people have access to the spiritual support they need. Chaplain Cohen served as an active duty Air Force
  • Master Sgt. Duganieri exceeds expectations - focuses on prevention

    Master Sgt. Mike Duganieri's self-motivated and steadfast contributions in safety and mishap prevention in the Maintenance Group are significantly beyond his expected performance of duty. Since May 2008, he has personally conducted Maintenance Resource Management (MRM) training within the Maintenance Group, affecting mishap prevention through
  • Wing honors members and families for their service

         The 171st Air Refueling Wing honored recently deployed military service members and their families here on Sunday.     Approximately 185 unit members were honored alongside their families as part of the Air National Guard's Hometown Heroes Salute campaign. The campaign was launched in 2009 to recognize Airmen who have deployed or served
  • Chief remembers unique career - appreciated by many

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing celebrated one of its own long time members and mentors, during the unit's drill weekend, Sunday, May 6th. Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Fromlak, Security Forces Chief for the last eight years and the Control Cell for Detainee Missions Operations from April 2005 until Jan 2011, completed over 40 no fail missions repatriating
  • Area youth shine during JROTC Day

         The 171st ARW hosted its 8th Annual Jr. ROTC Day. With the help of many agencies it was a great success. There were eight schools from the surrounding area that participated in the event, with almost 250 cadets on the ground and 50 senior cadets that had the opportunity to fly on an incentive flight.      Each year we try to make the event
  • First Lady meets with 171st Airmen

    First Lady Michelle Obama visited Pittsburgh Tuesday, April 17. She was greeted by unit members from the 171st ARW and the 911th AW upon her arrival at the 911th. On the runway, Obama was greeted by Senior Airman Domenic Mash, 911th Security Forces, Katlyn Mash, his wife, and their infant daughter, Savannah. Mash received the Air Force Achievement
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