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The skibird

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The skibird magazine of the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard
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Vol. 44, no. 5 (Sept. 2006)-
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2 3 TheSkibirdthe biannual magazine of the 109th Airlift WingSpring/Summer 2017 Vol. 53, No. 1 www.109aw.ang.af.mil WING COMMANDER Col. Shawn Clouthier VICE COMMANDER Col. Alan Ross COMMAND CHIEF Chief Master Sgt. Denny RichardsonWING PUBLIC AFFAIRSPUBLIC AFFAIRS SUPERINTENDENT Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara EDITOR, THE SKIBIRD / PHOTOJOURNALIST Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt BROADCAST JOURNALIST Master Sgt. Christine Wood Senior Airman Jamie Spaulding PHOTOJOURNALIST Staff Sgt. Benjamin German Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert 109TH AIRL WING I WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE 1 Air National Guard Rd., Scotia, NY 12302 (518) 344-2423 usaf.ny.109-aw.list.pa-public-affairs@mail.milThis funded Air Force publication is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Military services. Contents of The Skibird are not the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force. The editorial content is edited, prepared, and provided by the th Airlift Wing. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated. TABLE OF CONTENTS2017 Tour Schedule(as of May 12, 2017)JUNE 7 St. Marys 2nd Grade Class, 10 a.m. 1 p.m. 8 UMAC Steering Committee Tour, 8:30-10:30 a.m. 13 Oliver Winch Middle School, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. 15 The Meadows at Glenwyck, 1 3 p.m. 29 Lake George Elementary STEM, 10 a.m. 1 p.m. JULY 26 Mont Pleasant Middle School, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. AUGUST 6 Girl Scouts Cookie Drop & Base Tour Time TBDSummer Volunteer OpportunitiesAUGUST 21-25 SICM Summer Lunch Program Jerry Burrell Park. Help serve lunches to children who may otherwise not have a midday meal throughout the summer.UPCOMING EVENTSSEPTEMBER 30 Fall Festival 2017 Face painting, pumpkin deco rating, music, games, cider donuts, chili cookoff, bouncy bounce and more! Stay tuned for more information. For more information on community events, visit the Community Managers SharePoint page and also the Facebook NOTAMs group. NOTAMs is open to all 109th AW members and their immediate families. Search AW NOTAMsCOVER PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SENIOR MASTER SGT. WILLIAM GIZARA06 Murphy Takes Command of MSG 08 Maintenance Exchange Program 10 Wing Completes 29th ODF Season 11 Greenland Operations Begin 12 Flight Surgeon Saves Colonie Teen 13 Deployed Airman Graduates Via Skype 14 Lost Boy Gives Back to U.S. 16 109th Family Fosters Strength 18 Airmen March in Memorial Day Parade 20 Stratton Joins Arsenal in HAZMAT Exercise 21 CGO Council Donates to VMC 22 American Flag Flown in Antarctica 24 2016 Airmen of the Year 26 109th ATO Wins Transportation Award 28 109th Airlift Wings History 30 Wellness 34 Promotions & Awards FIND US ON FACEBOOK th Airlift Wing

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THE SKIBIRD 4 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 5 CHIEFS CORNER G Fighting Americas Wars. Securing The Homeland. Building Partnerships. Soldiers, Airmen and Families. GRAPHIC Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara COMMANDERS CORNER The 2018 National Guard Bureau Posture Statement Building a Force for the Future was released in April. The graphic global collage of photos on the title page featuring a 109th LC-130 taking off from Shackleton Glacier natu rally invites you to review the presentation, which serves as a slim, quickreference summary of current National Guard roles, missions, accomplishments, plans, and programs. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, provides an the homeland, and building enduring partnerships at the local, state, Federal, and inter national levels. He also names his top priorities: 1) to provide ready forces to the President and our Governors; 2) to support the well-being of our people; and 3) to encourage innovative thinking to address our most pressing challenges. Well, not only did General Lengyel very succinctly describe the array of activities at Stratton ANGB over recent months, but he used that LC-130 photo very aptly again on Slide 18, titled Uniquely Guard. Indeed! Since transferring to the 109th Mission Support Group from JFHQ in February, I have been freshly amazed by the unique aspects of the 109th mission and the extraordinary challenges it presents that our people seem to just take in stride, as many members have been executing this mission for years, and in some cases, for their entire careers. Upon closer inspection, though, the old duck metaphor comes to mind: while it may look as if were gliding across the water with little effort, in fact, theres a tremendous amount of rigorous paddling going on just below the surface to meet mission requirements. Flying and supporting aging, ski-equipped LC-130Hs with scarce available aircraft parts provid ing tactical airlift in support of the U.S. Antarctic Program led by the National Science Foundation is a wholly unique challenge. Deploying aircraft and Airmen to Antarctica and Greenland for 10 months of the year every year while contributing to Americas war efforts abroad, and supporting civil authorities during severe weather events, natural disasters, and emergencies is remarkable. Do ing all this while simultaneously training our newest generation of 21st century Airmen and ensuring they are always ready to answer the call from State or Federal leaders and integrate into a joint force to get a mission done, is nothing short of incredible. But I see that 109th Airmen are doing it every day, and making it look easy when it is anything but. Over the past six months, the 109th has had over 80 Airmen fully 20 percent of the Mission Sup port Group deployed in theater in support of Americas wars. From new A1Cs to Lt Col squadron week goes by without receiving accolades about the performance of our Airmen in their deployed lo The Operation Deep Freeze main body season concluded successfully in February with the last of the ODF deployers returning in early March. The 139th EAS deployed six LC-130s into the Joint Operating Area in October, and hubbing out of McMurdo Station, delivered personnel and cargo/fuel seven remote locations requiring ski take-offs and landings. After-action review was accomplished ..... (Continued on page 7)

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SPRING / SUMMER 2017 7 Col. Maureen Murphy assumed command of the 109th Mission Support Group during a change of command ceremony here Feb. 4. Murphy, a 30-year Air Force veteran, comes to the 109th from Joint Forces Headquarters where she served as the New York Air National Guard director of staff. She assumed command from Col. Jeffrey Hedges who has served as the MSG commander since 2014. The change of command ceremony is deeply rooted in military tradition; it represents the transfer of re sponsibility from the ongoing commander to the incoming commander. I am thrilled to have Maureen come here as the next Mission Support Group commander, said Col. Shawn Clouthier, 109th Airlift Wing commander. I think shell be a great asset. Hedges, a 30-year Air Force veteran, leaves the 109th to assume his new role as the NYANG director of staff. He has been at the 109th since 2010. tion for the hard work of the MSG Airmen was both proper and appropriate. The ceremony was well attended by 109th Airmen, family members, and several military leaders from across New York, at both the wing and state level. I am humbled by the trust that (NYANG leadership has) placed in me to lead this extraordinary group of Airmen, said Murphy. I will do everything in my power to live up to that trust, and I am honored to serve under you. Your knowledge, your sills, your dedication, and your pride in this base, and this mission was blinding ... In a really good way! said Murphy addressing the MSG Airmen. I could not be more proud to serve as your commander, and I am humbled by the responsibility.STORY Staff Sgt. Benjamin German PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara CHANGE OF COMMAND ..... (Continued from page 4) Meanwhile, on the civil support front, we hosted a three-day NORTHCOM Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (JRSOI) course at Stratton over the March UTA. A week later, Joint Task Force 3 was activated on base, and was tasked to provide Soldiers and Airmen to Operation Winter Storm Stella, which was initially forecast to strike downstate. We stood up the JTF 3 Operations Center along with our 42nd Infantry Division partners, processed members into State Active Duty status, and due to a shift in the storm, chopped 30 of our Airmen to JTF 4 to assist with snow removal operations in Binghamton and Utica. While certainly not a major event, we practiced and demonstrated our ability to quickly respond to the Governors call to duty to assist our fellow New Yorkers. As of this writing, we also have several members who volunteered to participate in ty damage. Later in March, several 109th members served on the Dual-Status Commanders staff for NORTHresponse to a 10 KT nuclear detonation in the vicinity of New York City. Regular training and exercis ing with our federal, state, and local partners increases our readiness to respond effectively to domestic lives and alleviating suffering in service of our state or nation. The Greenland season opened like clockwork in early April, and is well underway. Our Airmen will be busy through the end of August transporting cargo, fuel, and National Science Foundation researchers an Arctic training environment critical to ensuring readiness of Aircrews and Maintainers to support the Kool Skool at Raven Camp in May. Our MSG Airmen who did not deploy during this period, as well as our State workforce, have contin ued base support at and from home station, and have taken excellent care of the installation through an returned to Building 1, and Senior Master Sgt. Willie Gizara is in the process of designing an ambitious new historical display in the main hall in tribute to our wings military history and legacy of service to State and Nation. The 109th is both a wholly unique and model Air National Guard Wing, contributing to mission success on every front in which the National Guard is engaged. Again, General Lengyels top priorities for the force going forward are to ensure readiness; support the well-being of our people; and encourage innovative approaches to our most pressing problems. From what Ive seen here, I believe our prior ities are in order, and that the mission expertise, analytical capacity to deep dive our processes, and unsurpassed dedication of these Airmen will propel us to ever more innovative ways to succeed in our mission. COMMANDERS CORNER THE SKIBIRD 6

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THE SKIBIRD 8 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 9 MAINTENANCE EXCHANGEAirmen with the Canadian Air Force visited the 109th Airlift Wing on May 24, 2017. The visit was in preparation for a Maintenance Exchange Program between maintainers with the 109th AW and the Royal Canadian Air Force. According to Senior Master Sgt. Ron Jemmott (pictured), 109th Maintenance Squadron inspection element supervisor, the goal of exchange best practices. PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Airman Jamie Spaulding

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THE SKIBIRD 10 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 11 FROM ANTARCTICA... ...TO GREENLAND STORIES Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt PHOTOGRAPHY Staff Sgt. Benjamin German PHOTOGRAPHY Maj. Joshua Hicks 109th AW completes 29th ODF season Airmen, aircraft begin Greenland operationsAn LC-130 Skibird from the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia, New York, sits on the ice runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Dec. 7, 2015, during the wings 28th season supporting ODF. An LC-130 Skibird from the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia, New York, at Camp Raven, Greenland, near the DYE-2 site, on June 28, 2016. Crews with the 109th AW use Camp Raven as a training site for landing the ski-equipped LC-130s on snow and ice.

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12 13 AIRMEN IN THE NEWS AIRMEN IN THE NEWS (Courtesy of the Buffalo News, published May 13, 2017) by Matthew Spina Tech. Sgt. Adam Winters, who is currently deployed, is assigned to the 109th Air Transportation Operations section. Winters recently graduated from Buffalo State and was able to participate in the graduation ceremony while overseas. (File photo) From deployed location, Airman graduates with Buffalo States Class of 2017 Doctor, neighbor saves Colonie teen (Courtesy of Times Union, published May 19, 2017) by Lynda J. Edwards a physician at Albany Medical Center, came to the aid of a Colonie teen who had been hit by a car. The teens father credits Collins to saving his daughters life. (Courtesy photo)

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15 THE SKIBIRD 14T Lost Boy. Andrew was one of about 20,000 Sundanese children who lost their families during the coun These Lost Boys, as refugee workers called them, traveled by foot from Sudan to Ethiopia and then to Kenya in search of safety. In 2001, Andrew then 21 years old was one of those who made it to the United States and safety. Since then hes gotten a college degree, has a wife and an 11-year old son, along with a good job with Delhaize Group, the company which operates Hannaford and Food Lion supermarkets. And in 2016, at the age of 36, he joined the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing so he could give back to his adopted country. There are only a few places in the world that can give you opportunities to thrive, and I am lucky to be in this country, Andrew said. I see that as an opportunity to give back. were en route to a life they had only dreamed of when the events of 9/11 took place. Andrew said many of the boys were scared wondering why they could not escape war. As one of the older refugees, he tried to comfort them and tell them to stay strong. The group was grounded in Andrew got settled in Ohio, arriving with just a change of clothes. He soon found a job and also obtained his GED diploma. While in Ohio, Andrew met his wife, Lekeya, who was going to college there but was from the Albany area. A year later, Andrew moved back to the Albany area with Lekeya where they have been since. He started going to Hudson Valley Community College and obtained his associates degree another goal he never thought hed have the opportunity to accomplish. He also talks to his mother, who still lives in South Sudan, frequently. I worked hard, had a family and bought a house, he said. Things I never thought I would have. When I was in the camp, we just lived day by day. If you made it out today, you hoped for tomorrow and then to make it out tomorrow. Because of all the opportunities Andrew had once arriving to the United States, he said he wanted to do something to give back to the country that had done so much for him. He made the decision to join the military. I want to be able to sit down with my son and my grandkids and tell them stories of what I achieved and what I did to get there, Andrew said. I dont like taking things for granted I try working hard for the things I get. Andrew heard about the 109th Airlift Wing and the missions the unit takes to Greenland and Antarctica. I saw the mission that we do here, and it caught my attention, he said. Being able to go to Antarctica is something that I never wouldve imagined I could do growing up in a refugee camp, and then now seeing these missions I may be able to go on is another milestone for me. He also said the Air Force core values were values he held in his heart even before joining, so Andrew left for basic training in March 2016, and while there and then at technical school, took on a mentorship role for the younger Airmen he encountered. I wanted to help them out and motivate them, he said. I would support them I tried to blend in but also tried to help them. I look at things differently when I see younger Airmen who are upset, I always pull them aside. I dont like to share my story with too many people, but when it gets to the point that my story can help someone else, Im always open to sharing it with them. Andrew is now assigned to the 109th AWs Command Support Staff. He started his assignment there over the April Unit Training Assembly, performing administrative duties for wing leadership. Since joining the 109th AW, Andrew said its a great place to work. From the recruiter who helped him through the process of joining, Master Sgt. Shawn Keating, to the cadre in his student for everything. Its a good base people really get along here, he said. Everyone is open, even the leadership. Its the kind of leadership skills that I want to learn to have that connection with people. Im happy to be here, and Im hoping that my story will help someone out.STORY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara LOST BOY GIVES BACK TO U.S.

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16 17 109TH FAMILY FOSTERS STRENGTH STORY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara

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THE SKIBIRD 18 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 19 SCOTIA-GLENVILLE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing salute Col. Brian Backus, 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron commander who served as Grand Marshal for the Scotia-Glenville Memorial Day Parade on May 24, 2017. PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara

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20 21 Stratton participates in Watervliet Arsenal HAZMAT exerciseAirmen with the 109th Airlift Wings Fire Department and Emergency Management section participated in the Watervliet Arsenals annual HAZMAT six different hazardous material stations, ranging from a simulated oil tanker leak to a simulated chlorine leak from drums. The Air National Guards Emergency Management section is trained to prepare for, identify, detect and mitigate CBRNE hazards. (U.S. Army photos by Watervliet Arsenal Public Affairs) CGO COUNCIL DONATES TO VMCSTORY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt (Courtesy photo)

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22 23 November 2016 was the rst I had heard from Army 1st Lt. Jordan Henrickson, an infantry ocer stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. He had a very special request and was wondering if we could accommodate. As Lieutenant Henrickson described: I was gied an American Flag for my commissioning into the Army in 2014 and since then, it has own all over the world, in places of conict and peace: Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Germany, Djibouti, Egypt, Somalia, e Pentagon, United States Capitol, Wisconsin State Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, and most recently United Arab Emirates. I am wondering if it would be possible to be own and certied in Antarctica aer one of the ights and what the process is to do so? I asked Lieutenant Henrickson to mail his flag to me as soon as possible. Lt. Col. Joseph Hathaway agreed to transport the flag to Christchurch, New Zealand, and there, he handed it over to Maj. Joshua Caldon. The goal was to fly the flag from New Zealand to McMurdo, Antarctica, then McMurdo to the South Pole Station, to generate certicates for each ight and to have pictures taken of the ag at the South Pole. Major Caldon took it a step further. He had a picture taken of the ag on the deck of the USCGC Polar Star, and before he le Antarctica, passed this special American ag to Capt. Jacob Papp to y to more camps across the continent. e ag returned to the United States in March 2017 and was mailed to South Korea to y its next mission. Shortly aer, Lieutenant Henrickson gied me with my own ag that had been own at the Pentagon on my behalf. Heres the backstory: When I was a Platoon Leader (led 44 Soldiers), I made a contract with my NCOs that if they help strengthen me as a junior ocer and give me their best to develop their Soldiers and the Platoon in general, that upon their ETS or PCS, I would gi them an American ag and have it own over the Pentagon in their honor. Lieutenant Henrickson oered his contacts at Camp David, Arlington, Afghanistan and other locations, so I could begin a journey of my own which I plan to begin in the very near future! Since Antarctica, the ag has own in South Korea, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and is on its way now to the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. en, the ag will be heading to the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal, Canada and from there, will return to the 109th for a mission to Greenland, then on to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Other exciting travels are on the schedule for 2018: China, Nepal, all seven summits at Mount Everest, and in the fall, the ag is scheduled for the International Space Station, likely carried by Dr. Jeanette Epps, who will be the rst African American ever to go to space. Aer approximately four months and dozens of emails and phone calls, there is no doubt that it took some eort and extra care to coordinate ying the American ag in Antarctica, but it has been an incredible honor to be a part of making it happen! You can follow Lieutenant Henricksons American ags journey on Instagram @americanagjourney An American Flags journey across the world leaving Antarctica this past Operation Deep Freeze season. (Courtesy photos)

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First Sergeant of the Year Airman of the Year THE SKIBIRD 24 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 25 TANGREDI, MALM SELECTED AS NYANG AIRMEN OF YEARSTORY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt GRAPHIC Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara

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THE SKIBIRD 26 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 27 CONGRATULATIONS Air National Guard National Defense Transportation Association Award for 2016: Air Force Association 2017 Richard L Etchberger Team of the Year: for displaying superior technical expertise, attracting the praise of superiors, and providing leadership and inspiration to their co-workers.Creative ANG Photo

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THE SKIBIRD 28 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 29 GRAPHIC Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara

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THE SKIBIRD 30 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 31 (Image Courtesy of Surgical Technology International)HEADS UP The other side of deployment

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WANT HELP WITH F I NA NCIA L M A T T ER S ? MA KE T H E MO ST O F YOUR MON EY AND YOUR LIFE Personal Financial Counseling (PFC) can help you and your family : manage finances, resolve financial problems and reach long term goals such as getting an education, buying a home and planning for r etirement. S U PPO RT AND COUN SELI NG SERVI C ES Confidential financial consultations for individuals and families Referrals to military and community resources Support for family members during deployment Help with cr edit management and budgeting Help navigating benefits Services provided through DoD TR A I N I NG AND W ORKSHOPS INCLUDE Money Management Budgeting and Developing Spending Plans Debt and Cr edit Car d Management Consumer Rights and Obligations (dealing with creditors) Financial Planning: Reaching Life Goals Financial Readiness and Economic Security Financial Readiness for Deployment Transitioning to Civilian Life Home Buying Understanding Mortgages Pr eventing Foreclosure Kids and Money: Raising Financially Savvy Kids Military Benefits, Pay and Entitlements Savings and Investments Retir ement Planning Estate Planning Tax Planning PFC services are Purple, no cost and confidential for: All a ctive service members their families, surviving unmarried spouses, and service members separated/retired within the past 180 days (Appointments held in base offices, conference rooms, and public meeting spaces.) Y our contact is: Laurie Bonser, CFP, CPA, MBA Personal Financial Counselor Based : Stratton Air National Guard Scotia, NY (50 mile service radius) Phone : 518.948.7028 Email Address : PFC7.NY.NG@zeiders.com THE SKIBIRD 32 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 33 Upcoming Financial Education /Q&A SessionsDays/Times: Thursdays, 10:30 11:15 a.m. POC: Laurie Bonser, Personal Financial Counselor/Educator June 8 Practical Budgeting: Priorities and Goals June 22 Smart Vehicle/Toy Ownership July 13 Savvy Home Buying July 27 College Planning: Make It Easier FINANCIAL FITNESS

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THE SKIBIRD 34 SPRING / SUMMER 2017 35 PROMOTIONS Nov. 5, 2016 May 20, 2017Colonel Janice Zautner MDG Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Caldon AS Sharon Weinlein MDG Major Paul Benintende AS Amanda Coonradt AS Dia Ham AS Christopher Husher AS Dannielle Flanigan MDG James Nicholson Jr. AS Christine Schwab AS Sean Wettig AW Captain Jessica Algier AS Anthony Amico AS Joshua Haveman AES Salem Jacobsen LRS First Lieutenant Caleb Bagwell AS Samuel Green AS Haleigh Hindes AES Benjamin Watsky AS Chief Master Sergeant Karolyn DeVito MDG Edward Holub FSS Shawn Peno JFHQ Senior Master Sergeant Michael Brienza MOF Michael Cousineau AS Bryan Hanus AW Amber Mastroianni JFHQ Carmelo Modesto OSS Jessica Panis FSS Mark Prevendoski AES Brian Pritchard AMXS Master Sergeant Ralph Fiorillo II AMXS James Gagne MXS Alexander Gordon MXS Francis Johnson III OSS Morris King III MXS Elizabeth Mahan MDG Jeremy Naparty MDG Mary Perez-Tucker MXS Matthew Pierce LRS Donald Quigan III SFS Shaun Stillman CES Technical Sergeant Stephen Bogart CES Jeremy Bourquin CES Justin Beyer MXS Catlin Boyle SFS Erin Byrns CPTF Logan Brennan AS Tyler Briscoe MDG Vanessa Castell MXS Amanda Cimorelli OSS Matthew Clancy LRS Brandon Deming AS Gabriel Enders AS Brett Gatta AS Matthew Jones AS Come Ketchakeu AW Michael Knott MXS Mitchell Lake MXS Matthew Livingston CF Jeffrey Ostermann SFS Joseph Paludi AMXS Devin Reilly CES Jason Stark MXS Brianna Tator CES Staff Sergeant Robert Baldascini JFHQ Jesse Bowden AS William Brady SFS Kyle Brubaker CF Patrick Cotnoir FSS Gabriella Diaz MDG Staff Sergeant (cont.) Francis DiCaprio SFS Lydia Gerardi MDG Daniel Hall AMXS Elijah Hammondwood AES Elizabeth Hanrahan MDG Timothy Mallory LRS Nicolas Mancuso AW Benjamin McCabe MXS Jonathan Michael AES Adam Militar MXS Marianna OBrien MDG Zachary Parrillo AS Blake Pasquarella MXS Bartholamew Ripley LRS Christopher Rogan LRS Alex Sakadolsky CF Cole Vanderlinden CPTF Senior Airman Sarah Anderson MXS Alexandra Babcock MXS Emily Bogart AW Bejamin Bruce LRS Bianca Bustamante AES Daniel Guthrie LRS Nicholas Henderson LRS Eric Junquera AS Jaclyn Lavin FSS Alex Listing AMXS Eric Lunafalcon MXS Jason Malm MDG Nathan Martineau MXS Sean McClendon CES Sarah McKinney MXS Riley Mendicino AS Krista Nuite MXS David Reedy LRS Trevor Rivenburgh SFS Scott Squadere AES Amy Story MDG Airman 1st Class Bradley Collyer CF Jonathan Magaletti AES AWARDS Nov. 1, 2016 May 1, 2017Meritorious Service Medal Col. Jeffrey Hedges JFHQ Master Sgt. Rick Cowsert LRS Master Sgt. Jim DuPuis SFS Master Sgt. Matthew Plank LRS Aerial Achievement Medal Senior Master Sgt. Brian Alix AS Senior Master Sgt. Michael Messineo AS Master Sgt. Douglas Anderson AS Master Sgt. Maurice Huard AS Tech. Sgt. Jason DeRose AS Tech. Sgt. Wesley Fool AS Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Oneil AS Staff Sgt. Christopher Dumond AS Staff Sgt. Scott Salisbury AS Staff Sgt. Theodore Stickney AS Senior Airman Eric Junquera AS Airman 1st Class Corey Russo AS Airman 1st Class Nicholas Macholdt AS Air Force Commendation Medal Maj. Amanda Coonradt AS Capt. Shawn Rulison CES Tech. Sgt. Justin Carkner LRS Tech. Sgt. Nickolas Cross MXS Tech. Sgt. Aaron Muha MXS Air Force Achievement Medal Tech. Sgt. Thomas Rivera MXS Staff Sgt. Latisha Webb AMXS Staff Sgt. Daniel White FSS Senior Airman Michael Bala MXS Senior Airman Christopher Denegar MXS Senior Airman Adam Medvitz AS RETIREMENTS Dec 2016 May 2017 Lt. Col. Maureen Silver Maj. Anthony Bucci Maj. Jeffrey Quinn Maj. Erik Srokowski Chief Master Sgt. Kurt Garrison Chief Master Sgt. MaryAlice Rebis Chief Master Sgt. Mark Schaible Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Shafer Senior Mater Sgt. Robert Bolger Senior Master Sgt. Ford Chambers Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Helstowski Master Sgt. Jason Bach Master Sgt. Bret Backus Master Sgt. Joshua Fuson Master Sgt. Thomas Houck Master Sgt. Faye Reynolds Master Sgt. James Welch Tech. Sgt. Jason Cooper Tech. Sgt. Natima Davis

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109th Airlift Wing 1 Air National Guard Road Scotia, NY 12302-9752Photo by Senior Airman Jonathan HookerMission statement Vision statementUnparalleled tactical airlift to remote polar environments, propelled by highly trained, combat-ready Airmen. The 109th Airlift Wing employs the Department of Defenses only ski-equipped aircraft to conduct operations in remote Polar Regions. We train, equip and deploy premier, combat-ready Airmen to support state and national objectives.