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  • 48 Years of Making a Difference at the 171st Air Refueling Wing

    After being an enlisted member at the 171st for more than 20 years, Deb obtained a civilian position on base as the airman and family readiness program manager, the first person to ever serve in this role at the installation. In this role, Deb provided assistance and support to enhance the quality

  • From Friends to Wingmen

    How far is Alaska from New Mexico? 3,673 miles; that is the distance the friendship of Staff Sergeants Jerrad Skone and Bob Ruzewski endured during a four year active duty enlistment in the U.S. Air Force.

  • Keep Moving Forward

    Graduating high school is one of the first major accomplishments in an adolescent’s life. It is at that moment when a child gets their diploma that they realize, it is just the beginning. It is still a cherished moment even though roughly 3.7 million kids in the U.S. celebrate the same achievement

  • Edsall

    At the age of 18, it’s extremely difficult to figure out what you want to do professionally. Most people finish high school and just move on to some form of additional education. That’s exactly what Heather Edsall did. She graduated from Gateway School District in 1998 and went on to pursue a degree

  • One Team, One Year, One Fight

    As another year passes and we reflect on the accomplishments of the United States, we would be remiss if we did not consider the difficulties we all have faced. We have lost loved ones, dealt with separations, illness and more. It has been tough, but with unity, we have prevailed.

  • Swiftly Generating Jets on 9/11

    Twenty years ago, the world watched hundreds of firefighters, medics and police officers rush into a war zone with one goal in mind, help as many people as possible reach safety. That day, nearly 500,000 tons of steel, glass and concrete crumbled into dust taking the lives of nearly 3,000 people.

  • What's In A Year?

    Reflecting on 2020, we all know it was anything but typical. While typical is not the usual descriptor for the work the 171st Air Refueling Wing produces...

  • PA Defenders - Always Ready

    The Pennsylvania Guard has served, supported and protected American citizens well before we declared our independence. In 1747, nearly 30 years before the declaration was signed, Benjamin Franklin led a group of individuals which turning into the development of a volunteer militia. The militia

  • Old Glory

    An article describing the importance of the American Flag to the American service member.

  • Part-Time Airman, Full-Time Defender

    Over 6,610 days and counting have elapsed since the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) began. The attacks on American soil began a war that has been ongoing for nearing twenty brutal years. In March of 2003, Keith Gregory’s involvement in the GWOT began when he crossed into the southern border of Iraq