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  • 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. The world watched in horror at what was, at the time, presumably an accident unfold into the deadliest terrorist attack in history on American soil. Since September 11th, American’s honor those emergency responders who risked it all. However, while the emergency responders were rushing in to help those caught in the attacks, the Air National Guard jumped into action to aid in protecting America.
  • 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 consisted of people from small villages, towns and robust cities like Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. During the Civil War, President Lincoln called on these volunteers to fight for the union and Guardsmen quickly assembled, earning the nickname “The First Defenders.”
  • 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 as an active duty United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal along with his unit. Fifteen years later, he finished serving his seventh overall deployment combining over 1,000 days in a combat zone.
  • Operation Santa Military Family Carnival Amazes Attendees

    3 Rivers Wealth Management & the Bridges Kids Club held their annual Operation Santa Military Family Carnival at the Robinson Town Centre on Dec. 15, 2018.
  • Crocheting A New Pattern Leads to Good Health

    A full-time guardsman at the 171st Air Refueling wing finds that volunteering to crochet at a local veteran's center is the key to overcoming her personal struggles.
  • Pennsylvania Guardsman Zeros in on President's 100

    Imagine laying down in the short grass of a large open field supporting a long-range rifle. You gaze down the barrel through iron sights attempting to hit a target 600 yards away while using just your hands to support the weight of the weapon. The slightest mistake, movement, or even just a breath of air is the difference between missing your target or hitting a dead bulls-eye. This past summer at Camp Perry, Ohio, Master Sgt. Eric Moskal of the Security Forces Squadron at the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Pittsburgh hit that target.
  • First Female Chaplain to Complete Leadership School Develops New Training Program

    Capt. Gretchen Hulse, a 171st Air Refueling Wing Chaplain is the first female chaplain to complete Leadership Development Institute training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in Aug. 2018.
  • 171st Security Forces Takes Aim at Army Site for Training

    Guardsmen from the 171st Security Forces Squadron, located at the 171st Air Refueling Wing near Pittsburgh, traveled to Camp Dawson, W. Va., August 5-8, 2018, to qualify on heavy weapons and test out the site as the location for future training of 171 SFS Airmen.