NIAGARA FALLS --Vietnam veterans and 107th Attack Wing leadership pose for a group photograph in front of a static F-100 Super Sabre concluding a base tour of the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. Sept. 15 2019. Retired and former Airmen assigned to the 107th Tactical Fighter Group reunited to commemorate their return from the Republic of Vietnam more than 50 years ago. The unit deployed more than 400 Airmen to Tuy Hoa Air Base in January 1968 in response to the Pueblo Crisis and all members returned home by June 1969 with honor.
Sep 26, 2019
Senior Airman Douglas Whigham a civil engineer structures specialist assigned to the 107th Attack Wing Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York Air National Guard prepares bags to be filled with sand in response to the New York National Guard activation Gov. Andrew Cuomo initiated on May 6 for the flooding occurring along Lake Ontario at the Department of Transportation Albion N.Y. May 13 2019. Members of the New York National Air National Guard are able to fill around 5000 sandbags a day from Albion which are then taken to vulnerable areas around the Lake Ontario shoreline including homes and businesses.
May 15, 2019
NIAGARA FALLS -- Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 107th Attack Wing and the Air Force Reserve's 914th Airlift Wing display Valentine's Day cards from local school children which were delieverd to them by Erie County legislators Lynne Dixon and Ed Rath on Feb. 14, 2019. Each year local officials bring the cards to the Airmen of Niagara that are made by children from schools across the county.
Feb 28, 2019
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Maj. General Raymond Shields the adjutant general for New York State talks with a group of Airmen on state active duty in support of Operation February Winter Storm. This operation was the first real-world execution of JTF-5 at the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Niagara Falls N.Y.
Feb 26, 2019
CHEEKTOWAGA-- New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo greets members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Attack Wing at the New York State Department of Transportation garage in Cheektowaga on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The Airmen were part of an Immediate Response Force which was on duty to provide mobility support to the New York State Police as snow and extremely cold temperatures hit Western New York.
Jan 31, 2019
BUFFALO--Col. Eric Laughton commander of the 107th Medical Group New York Air National Guard lays a wreath at the grave of President Millard Fillmore on behalf of President Donald Trump during a ceremony honoring him on his birthday Forest Lawn Cemetery Buffalo N.Y. Jan. 7 2019. Fillmore was president from 1850-1853 and has a wreath laid at his grave every year on his birthday by the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard on behalf of the current president.
Jan 08, 2019
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- Col. Gary Charlton incoming wing commander of the 107th Attack Wing New York National Guard takes the wing flag from Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields the Adjutant General of New York during a change of command ceremony at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. on Saturday, Nov. 17 2018. Taking command is symbolized by taking possession of the wing flag as Col. Robert Kilgore relinquishes command of the wing after four years.
Nov 19, 2018
Airmen of the 107th Civil Engineering Squadron of the 107th Attack Wing of the New York National Guard watch as carriers holding eggs hit the ground during a team building exercise on Aug. 12, 2018 . The Airmen of the squadron had the mission of cradling eggs so they would survive drops of more than 15 feet during a team building exercise at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. Aug. 12 2018. The 107th CES has recently started holding monthly challenges during their monthly drill to break up their normal routine and to bring Airmen together who dont commonly work together.
Aug 21, 2018
NIAGARA FALLS-- Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice director of the Air National Guard addresses Airmen of the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard during a commanders call Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. July 31 2018. Rice along with Chief Master Sgt. Ron Anderson command chief master sgt. of the Air National Guard answered questions and concerns facing todays citizen airmen.
Aug 10, 2018
BUFFALO-- Col. David Warnick commander of the 107th Mission Support Group Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York Air National Guard prepares presents a wreath on behalf of the president at the grave of Millard Fillmore the 13th president Buffalo N.Y. Jan. 5 2018. The 107th ATKW has been honoring the former president with a wreath laying each year on his birthday for more than 30 years.
Jan 10, 2018
MCGHEE TYSON ANGB, TN-- Three members of the 107th graduated from Airman Leadership School August 9, completing 5 1/2 weeks of training at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, pictured from left, in center, are Senior Airman Jose Mattias, Senior Airman Michael Dibernardo and Senior Airman Slobodan Bojic.
Aug 16, 2017
Air Force Senior Airman Anthony Overfield a medical technician assigned to the 107th Medical Group Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York Air National Guard assists Staff Sgt. Ashley Hyatt a dental technician assigned to the 452nd Aerospace Medical Squadron Air Force Reserve Command March Air Reserve Base Calif. and Army Maj. Dheera Pamidimukkala a dentist assigned to the 455th Dental Company Devens Reserve Forces Training Area Army Reserve Command Mass. with a dental procedure as part of the Smoky Mountain Innovative Readiness Training mission Bryson City N.C. Aug. 4 2017. The IRT program meets training requirements for active reserve and National Guard members and units while addressing public and society needs. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
Aug 07, 2017
KENDALL, N.Y.-- Air Force Master Sgt. Jeannie Mang, right, and Tech Sgt. Heather Farr, assigned to the 107th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard, stack sandbags at the town garage here in the Town of Kendall, N.Y. on May 9, 2017 as part of the New York National Guard response to flooding along Lake Ontario. At the direction of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo 200 Airmen and Soldiers have been on active duty assisting local communities with controlling flooding along the lake. By Saturday, May 13, National Guard Soldiers and Airmen had filled and distributed 239,703 sandbags.
May 15, 2017
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION --Col. Robert Kilgore commander of the 107th Attack Wing New York Air National Guard addresses visitors in attendance at a ceremony announcing the redesignation of the wing from an airlift wing to an attack wing Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station N.Y. March 21 2017. The redesignation is another step in the wings conversion from flying the C-130 Hercules to the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft.
Mar 22, 2017
BUFFALO--Members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing fire fighting unit arrive back home after serving in Southwest Asia on Sunday, Jan 15. The Airmen were welcomed home by wing leaders.
Jan 17, 2017
BUFFALO--Col. Gary R. Charlton vice commander of the 107th Airlift Wing Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station presents a wreath at the grave of President Millard Fillmore on behalf of President Barack Obama Forest Lawn Cemetery Buffalo N.Y. Jan. 6 2017. The ceremony which is held by the University at Buffalo a school which Fillmore was one of the founders commemorates the former presidents birthday.
Jan 06, 2017
FORT DRUM--New York Air National Guard Airmen from the 274th Air Support Operations Squadron Syracuse N.Y. conduct air assault and parachute jump training out of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment New York National Guard from Rochester N.Y. Sept. 10 2016 Fort Drum N.Y. The training is part of an annual requirement for parachute jumps and a larger exercise involving the Civil Air Patrol acting as close air support.
Sep 23, 2016
BUFFALO- Members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing who attended the Western New York Armed Forces Luncheon on Thursday, May 5, pose on a stairway at the Division of Military and Naval Affair's Connecticut Street Armory. The Connecticut Street Armory is the venue for the annual luncheon honoring Western New York military members.
May 05, 2016
BUFFALO-- Col. Robert Kilgore, commander of the 107th Airlift Wing (left) welcomes home members of the 107th Security Forces Squadron following a deployment to Kuwait at the Buffalo International Airport on Friday, Feb. 5. The Airmen were greeted by friends and family. Another group of 107th Security Forces Squadron members returned on Thursday, Feb. 4.
Feb 05, 2016
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- The New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing hosted an Instructor Certification Program for military education instructors the week of March 2-6 with 16 Guardsmen attending in order to become facilitators for courses. Master Sgt. William Conner from Knoxville Tenn. teaches one of the instructors for this course March 3 2015.
Mar 04, 2015
BUFFALO-- New York Air National Guard Col. Kevin Rogers, the Inspector General of the 107th Airlift Wing, places a wreath from President Barak Obama on the grave of President Millard Fillmore at Forest Lawn Cemetery here on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The military traditionally places a wreath from the sitting president at the graves of past presidents on the anniversary of their birth.
Jan 07, 2015
A New York Air National Guard Airman from the 107th Airlift Wing based in Niagara Falls, N.Y., assists in snow removal efforts from the roof of the Eden Heights Assisted Living Facility in West Seneca, N.Y., Nov. 19. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the mobilization of more than 240 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from area units to assist local authorities with snow removal or traffic control as regions of Western New York see more than six feet of snowfall in just 72 hours.
Nov 19, 2014
NIAGARA FALLS-- Members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing are briefed on weather conditions by Staff Sgt. Heather Eberhart as they prepare to head out into a massive snowstorm and assist local authorities in responding this morning, Wednesday, Nov. 19. The 107th Airlift Wing is providing an Initial Response Force. The Army Guard's 152nd Engineer Company and 827th Engineer Company deployed snow morning equipment in support of Erie County response operations.
Nov 19, 2014
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--New York Air National Guard Col. John J. Higgins commander of the 107th Airlift Wing is doused by his comrades as he steps off of the aircraft following his final flight as a navigator on Thursday, Sept 25. It was the 107th Airlift Wings final flight in a C-130 before converting to the MQ-9 mission.
Sep 25, 2014
EXMOUTH, Western Australia-- New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 107th Civil Engineer Squadron salute during ANZAC Day ceremonies held here on April 25. The members of the 107th Airlift Wing, based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, were in Australia building a new facility at the H.E. Holt Naval Communications Station which will allow the installation of a new deep space surveillance radar being shipped from Antigua. ANZAC Day commemorates the heroism of the Australian and New Zealand Corps during World War I and in all conflicts since then, and is similar to Memorial Day in the United States. The New York Air National Guardsmen took part in a march through town and the ceremonies which followed
May 08, 2014
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Members of the 107th Airlift Wing participate in the “Walk A Mile” Sexual Assault Awareness Walk held here April 13, 2014. The "Walk a Mile" Awareness event was organized by the 107th Sexual Assault Prevention office to highlight the wing's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault. "When we all get involved we will move the Air Force closer to a culture free of sexual assault. said Col. John Higgins, 107th AW Commander.
Apr 17, 2014
STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-- New York Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Marc Sommers an observer with the 105th Airlift Wing Inspection Team New York Air National Guard watches Staff Sgt. Flavio Martinez Officers Joe Brescia and Scott Brownely as they respond to an active shooter incident during a base wide training exercise at Stewart Air National Guard Base N.Y. April 2 2014.
Apr 11, 2014
STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--New York Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Rachel Taylor, a personnel craftsman with the 105th Force Support Squadron, shares a moment with her daughter prior to the start of a medal presentation ceremony for Airmen of the 105th Base Defense Squadron. Among those recognized was her husband Staff Sgt. Vinh Taylor who was awarded and Air Force Combat Action medal for service in Afghanistan, at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y. March 2, 2014.
Mar 14, 2014
BUFFALO--Col. John Higgins, commander of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing, placed a wreath on the grave of President Millar Fillmore on behalf of President Barack Obama at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, N.Y., on Jan. 9, 2014. The wing places a wreath on the grave of the Fillmore, who served as president from 1850 to 1853 on the anniversary of his birth on Jan. 7, 1800. A major snow storm forced the ceremony, held in conjunction with the University of Buffalo, which Fillmore founded, to Jan 9.
Jan 10, 2014
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - New York Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Richard Ball of Tonawanda, N.Y. and a member of the 107th Airlift Wing, packs his cold weather gear Jan. 7 in preparation for missions as part of the New York National Guard initial response force for Operation Polar Vortex. With heavy lake effect snows and wind chill warnings forecasting three feet of snow and temperatures at or below zero, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mobilized 300 members of the New York National Guard to prepare to assist civil authorities during the storm’s passage this week. Members of the New York National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing in Niagara Falls, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry and 105th Military Police Company in Buffalo and the 174th Attack Wing in Syracuse will all provide Soldiers and Airmen along with vehicles to support local authorities as needed.
Jan 07, 2014
BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres and their fans cheer members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing during a homecoming ceremony at the First Niagara Center here Nov. 12. The Airmen returned from a four-month deployment to southwest Asia on Nov. 7.
Nov 14, 2013
NIAGARA FALLS-- A member of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing reunites with his family at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Thursday, Nov. 7 after returning from a four month deployment in southwest Asia. Thirty Airmen return from the deployment.
Nov 12, 2013
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Master Sgt. Timothy Gemsheim 107th Force Support Squadron conducts accountability for the building members as members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve's 914th Airlift Wing joined more than 18 million people world-wide in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at 1017 am on October 17th 2013. Members on base practiced as if there was a major earthquake occurring by using the Drop Cover and Hold On method and stayed in position for a minute.
Oct 18, 2013
Col. John Higgins, the commander of the 107th Airlift Wing hands the Medical Group flag to Lt.Col. Emily Desrosier as she assumes command of the Medical Group at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station on Sept, 14, 2013. Desrosier had been serving as Medical Adminstrative Officer and Wing Executive Officer at the 106th Rescue Wing at Westhampton Beach.
Sep 19, 2013
CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- Members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing achieved top honors for the fourth straight year in The Adjutant General Marksmanship Competition held here June 1-2. The team won many individual awards as well. WIth their awards are from left to right, 1st Sgt. Randal Schenefiel, Tech. Sgt. Christopher Doherty, Tech. Sgt. Ryan Mang and Master Sgt. Edward Stefik. The team placed first in the General George Patton Pistol match and the National Guard Infantry Team Rifle match.
Jun 04, 2013
STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Airmen of the 105th Airlift Wing check-in at the deployment processing station during an initial winter storm response here March 18, 2013.The 20 Airmen will stand by with five humvees to assist local governments in the Hudson Valley if needed when a snowstorm exected on March 18/19, Develops. Other New York National Guard Immediate Response Forces were stood up on Long Island at Gabreski Air National Guard Base and the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center as well as at Camp Smith Training Site at the direction of the governor.
Mar 18, 2013
STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NEWBURGH, N.Y. --105th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemasters on the ramp as snowfall generated by winter storm Nemo intensifies here Feb 8, 2013.
Feb 12, 2013
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION - New York Air National Guard Col. John Higgins speaks with news media from Western NY prior to his assumption of command ceremony here Jan. 12. Higgins, who has been Vice Commander of the wing since August 2011, previously served as the Air National Guard advisor to the Air Force Special Operations Command and as Air National Guard Advisor for Air Force Strategic Planning. Photo by Eric Durr, New York National Guard.
Jan 12, 2013
BUFFALO--Col. Kevin Rogers, Maintenance Commander of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing, presents a wreath honoring President Millard Fillmore-- who served from 1850 to 1853-- at his gravesite in Forest Lawn Cemetery on January 7, 2013. The military services present wreaths from the current occupant of the White House at the gravesite of each deceased president on the occasion of his birthday.
Jan 07, 2013
NIAGARA FALLS-- New York Air National Guard Major DalPorto, the 107th Airlift Wing’s Force Support Squadron (FSS) Commander, stands with members of his unit following his appointment as Niagara Falls Police Superintendent on Friday, Jan. 4. DalPorto has been a member of the National Guard since 1997 and has served on the Nigara Falls Police Department for 17 years.
Jan 04, 2013
NIAGRA FALLS--A C-130 flown by members of the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing lights up the sky over Lake Ontario as it drops flares during training on Sept. 25. The flares are designed to decoy a heat-seeking missile away from the aircraft. Approaching the restricted airspace over the lake reserved for military use, the navigator readied the defensive systems, the Loadmasters pulled the safety pins, and the pilots positioned the aircraft in the proper formation position. Once in the area, the aircrew dispensed their flares in reaction to simulated threats, lighting up the skies over Lake Ontario.
Sep 26, 2012
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Seven new members join the Air National Guard on Sept. 11, 2012.Col. Jim McCready swears in the new airman while Chief Master Sgt. Dave Wohlebon holds the American flag for the ceremony. From left to right are Airman 1st Class Kirsten Peyton, Airman Lauren Libassi, Airman 1st Class Catherine Stoddard, Airman 1st Class Thomas Leaming, Senior Airman Shannon Carr, Airman Kyle Druzbik, and Airman John Danvir. (Photoby Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Lloyd.)
Sep 14, 2012
FORT DRUM-- Cargo flies out of the back door of a C-130 being flown by members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing above Fort Drum on August 22. The wing was practicing cargo drops in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan to support coalition forces there.
Sep 06, 2012
NIAGARA FALLS-- Members of the New York Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve and New York Army National Guard, listen to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta during his visit to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Thursday, August 9. The Reserves and National Guard play a key role in the defense of the United States Paneta said. The Secretary visited the base at the request of local leaders. The base, run by the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve is home to the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard as well as an Armed Forces Reserve Center housing the Headquarters Troop of the Army National Guard’s 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry and Army Reserve units.
Aug 10, 2012
STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York greets guests and members of the 105th Airlift Wing military community at the conclusion of the 7th Annual Prayer Breakfast. Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, was the featured speaker at Stewart Air National Guard Base’s event on Friday, March 2.Dolan breakfasted with Air National Guard, Marine Corps Reserve and civilian support personnel as well as their family members. In times of trouble and trial; we turn to our faith, or whatever we believe deeply, for reassurance, comfort, and direction, Dolan said. His message emphasized reaffirming the importance of emotional and spiritual well being and faith in our lives.
Mar 06, 2012
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Thirteen members of the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing departed Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Saturday, February 25 for a three week intensive training event at Fort Bliss, Texas. At Fort Bliss they will hone their combat skills prior to forward deploying overseas to Afghanistan. Family members, friends and fellow airmen gathered to bid them farewell as they boarded an aircraft to depart for their six month tour of duty.
Feb 25, 2012
MANAS, Kyrgyzstan-- New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Michal Pietkiewicz, a member of the 105th Airlift Wing, and a child rest after playing at the Belovodosky Orphanage during a Manas Area Benefit Outreach Society visit on Nov. 28, 2011. Pietkiewicz is a member of MABOS, which is a private, nonprofit volunteer organization that works with local charities to support the greater Bishkek area and communities near the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. Pietkiewicz is a 376th Logistic Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance supervisor deployed from Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.
Feb 13, 2012
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- Representative Kathy Hochul speaks to the media during a visit to the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve’s 914th Airlift Wing here. Hochul discussed the impact that defense spending reductions might have on the base. On Tuesday, Jan 31st, Congresswomen Kathy Hochul representing the 26th District of New York visited the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
Feb 01, 2012
BUFFALO-- New York Air National Guard Colonel John Higgins, vice commander of the 107th Airlift Wing, salutes the gravesite of President Millard Fillmore, after presenting a wreath on behalf of President Barak Obama on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Military officers lay a wreath from the current President on the grave of past presidents on the anniversary of their birth. Fillmore, who died in 1874 and served as president from 1850 to 1853 was born on Jan. 7. The wreathlaying was held in conjunction with the University of Buffalo which honors Fillmore, one of its founders, every year.
Jan 06, 2012
STEWART ANGB, N.Y. "Technician Judy preps A1C Deanna De Laura for her donation of blood at the holiday blood drive, Dec. 23, 2011.
Dec 23, 2011
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Santa arrives on a C-130 flown by Airmen of the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing on Dec. 11, 2011. Santa distributed gifts to 15 children from the Niagara Children ETC, a preschool that caters to special education students. The school is just across from the base.
Dec 19, 2011
HUDSON VALLEY VETERANS ADMINISTRATION CAMPUS, MONTROSE, N.Y. -Nolly Climes on keyboard and retired Chief Master Sgt. Robert Faiano playing acoustic guitar, Kathy Fiano and New York Air National Guard sergeants Dorie Weber, Kate Durkins and Tim McDonough sing carols during an annual holiday party supported by air guardsmen of the 105th Airlift Wing, Dec. 3, 2011.
Dec 19, 2011
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Five year-old cancer survivor, Donovan Benzin sits at the controls of a C-130 Hercules during a visit to the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing, on Saturday. Nov. 20. Donovan visited the wing while Special Spaces Buffalo, a non-profit that creates bedrooms for children struggling with serious illnesses turned his room into a military-themed space.
Nov 29, 2011
NIAGARA AIR RESERVE STATION, Niagara Falls-- New York Air National Guard Colonel John Higgins, the Vice Commander of the 107th Airlift Wing along with Command Chief Master Sergeant David Wohleben and Lt Colonel Kevin Rogers the Deputy Commander of Maintenance welcome home a member of the wing from a 90 day deployment to Afghanistan On August 29, 2011.The Airmen deployed on Memorial Day for their mission. (
Sep 02, 2011
AFGHANISTAN--A C-130 Hercules from the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing flies over mountainous Afghan terrain on its way to deliver much-needed supplies to a forward operating base in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, June 22. The New York ANG C-130 flew the airdrop mission in conjunction with another C-130 from the Alaska ANG. Airdrops help mitigate the danger of transporting supplies via convoy.
Jun 23, 2011
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Tech. Sgt. Antony Re, a 107th Airlift Wing crew chief gives his daughter one last hug prior on Memorial Day to boarding a C-130 that left Niagara Air Reserve Station for a four day journey that will eventually land him in Afghanistan for the start of his 90 day tour of duty. Family members and loved ones gather to bid farewell to members of the 107th Airlift Wing as they departed on May 30.
May 31, 2011
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY-- New York Air National Guard Col. Jim McCready, commander of the 107th Airlift Wing, drops the puck to start a charity hockey game between members of the 107th Airlift Wing and the United States Air Force Reserve’s 914th Airlift and alumni of the Buffalo Sabers professional hockey team on Sunday, April 10 at Dwyer Arena here. On the left is Danny Gare a Buffalo Sabres Alumni, while on the right is 914th maintenance technican John Rettig. More than 400 spectators crowded into the arena and $5000 from the ticket sales benefited the family support groups of both units.
Apr 13, 2011
Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station--Posing next to a C-130 on the flightline New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stands between 914th Airlift Wing Vice Commander Col. Mark P. Murphy (left) and Col. Jim McCready, commander of the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing during a visit to the base on March 25. Also pictured is Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, March 25, 2010, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, NY. During her visit Gillibrand was given a tour of the base and answered questions from the media. The 107th shares the facility with the 914th Airlift Wing, a United States Air Force Reserve unit.
Mar 29, 2011
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Dignitaries and VIPs gather for a ground breaking ceremony for the Small Arms Range slated to be built at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on March 22. Left to right: William Ross, Niagara County Legislator; Robert Burke, Contractor; Lt. Col Michael Clancy, Army Corp of Engineers; Vince Sandonato,Representing Mark Grisanti: Capt James Birk, Buffalo Military Entrance Process Station: Col. Mark Murphy, 914th Airlift Wing Commander; Congresswoman Louise Slaughter; Col. Jim McCready, 107th Airlift Wing Commander; Major. Gen. James Kwiatkowski, New York Air National Guard Commander; Melissa Fratello, Representing Senator Gilliband; Walt Koch, Representing Brian Higgins; LtCol Gregory Ottoman, HQ AFRC/A7P; and Mr. Merrell Lane, President, Niagara Military Affairs Council. Estimated to be completed in early 2012, this 28,300 square foot, fully enclosed facility will house 21 firing lanes enabling the United States military, Department of Defense, federal and local law enforcement agencies the opportunity to weapons quality their members in a state-of-the-art training environment year-round, saving thousands of dollars in range fees and manpower requirements. Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is home to the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard and the 914th Airlift Wing of the United States Air Force Reserve. The base also houses an Armed Forces Reserve Center where Headquarters Troop of the New York Army National Guard’s 101st Cavalry is located.
Mar 24, 2011
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Lt. Col. Kenneth Anderson (on right) takes command of the 107th Airlift Wing&rsquot;s Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) in a ceremony held here on Feb. 13. The colonel previously held the position as LRS operations officer and replaces outgoing LRS Commander Lt. Col. Steven Hefferon, who now holds the position of 107th Comptroller Flight Commander. Passing the LRS guidon is 107th Mission Support Group Commander Col. Timothy Vaughan.
Feb 18, 2011
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Col. Jim McCready accepts the colors of the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing from the Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, during change-of-command ceremonies here on Saturday, Jan. 22 as the outgoing commander, Col. Patrick Ginavan, looks on. The 800-member Wing operates C-130 aircraft in a partnership with the Air Force Reserve’s 914th Airlift Wing.
Jan 24, 2011
BUFFALO--Col Jim McCready, the vice commander, and incoming commander, of the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing places a wreath honoring President Millard Fillmore at his grave in Forest Lawn Cemetery on the 211th anniversary of the president’s birth in 1800 during a ceremony held by the University of Buffalo. Filmore served as the 13th President from 1850 to 1853. During his administration California was admitted to the Union and he dispatched Commodore Matthew Perry and a fleet of ships to Japan to open that nation to American trade.The United States military places wreaths from the current president at the gravesites of our nation’s past presidents on the anniversary of their births. The New York National Guard is responsible for placing the wreaths at the graves of Fillmore, Martin Van Buren in Kinderhook, Columbia County, and Chester Arthur in Menands, Albany County.
Jan 07, 2011
BUFFALO--The six newest members of the New York Air National Guard take the oath of enlistment Sunday morning during a pre-game ceremony at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home-base of the Buffalo Bills. The ceremony for the new recruits of the 107th Airlift Wing was played during halftime on the Jumbotron for the fans to see. Lt. Col. James Hoch swore in( from left to right) Airmen 1st class Daniel Tremblett, Cara Sturdivant, Keith McArthur, Christina Swanson, Joshua Velez and Joanna Vail.
Nov 29, 2010
NIAGARA FALLS--Members of the New York Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Squadron float in the waters of Lake Ontario during a biannual training exercise that teaches aircrew water survival skills in the event of an in-water- emergency. Aircrew members practiced deploying signal devices, such as smoke flares, beacons and flare guns and then took a short ride compliments of the United States Coast Guard, Station Niagara, to deploy their life vests and swim to the awaiting life raft where they mastered entry techniques and deployment of the protective canopy.
Aug 23, 2010
Maj. Gen James Kwiatkowski is pinned by his son 107th Airlift Wing Tech. Sgt. Andrew Kwiatkowski and his wife Ranea as his daughter Nicole Dabby looks on during a ceremony held Aug. 4 at Scott AFB. "This is a sacred trust and I will do my best to be effective in the trust placed in me today," the General said. Kwiatkowski, a former commander of the 107th, is the Director of Operations for the Headquarters New York Air National Guard and also serves as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, United States Transportation Command.
Aug 05, 2010
LATHAM-- New York State Trooper Edward Stefik, who is also Master Sgt. Stefik of the 107th Security Forces Squardon of the New York Air National Guard, recieves the Master Sgt. Joseph Longobardo Trophy for best novice marksman at the annual Adjutant General’s Match from Brig. Gen. Patrik Murphy, the Adjutant General, during a short ceremony at State Headquarters on Wednesday, June 30. Stefik, a 13-year member of the New York State Police and a rifleman on the State Police Special Operations Response Team, has been a member of the 107th Airlift Wing, based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, for the past two years. Prior to that he served with the 98th Division of the United States Army Reserve and spent a year in Iraq, where he was awarded the Combat Action Badge. The Longobardo Trophy, the New York National Guard’s top award for shooters participating in the annual competition for the first time, is named after New York State Trooper Joseph Longobardo, who was also a member of the New York Air National Guard and who was killed in the line of duty on August 31, 2006.
Jul 01, 2010
NEW WINDSOR, NY -New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt Kenneth Tauber, an avionics journeyman with the 105th Maintenance Squadron, introduces students from Washingtonville Middle School to the Air Guard's avionics communication and navigation career field during a Y2Kids event held in the Army 2nd Aviation Detachment hangar located at Stewart International Airport. Y2Kids is an annual hands-on, interactive career exploration activity geared for middle school children.
May 13, 2010
CAMP SMITH--The members of the 107th Security Forces Squadron marksmanship team, who won the combined arms prize at the annual "TAG Match" shooting competition at Camp Smith April 16-18, pose with their trophy. The members of the winning team are, from left, Staff Sgt. Ryan Mang, Staff Sgt. Warren Jones, Tech. Sgt. Daniel Owczarczak and Master Sgt. Edward Stefik…. The 107th Security Forces Squadron is part of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing, based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
Apr 20, 2010
MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla -- Western New York Tim Horton’s owner Robert Burns (on left) and his son Jared Burns inspect the cockpit of an Air Force KC-135. The two employers along with more than 35 other local employers had the opportunity to tour the KC-135 on a recent ESGR funded trip to the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla. as part of a combined New York Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Bosslift for the Employer Suppport of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program by the 107th Airlift Wing and the 914th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base. On March 25 more than 35 Niagara and Erie county bosses boarded one of Team Niagara's C-130 bound for MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla. The trip was designed to educate the employers the vital role that Guardsmen and Reservists play in today's military. Team Niagara consists of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve's 914th Airlift Wing. As a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Committee the two collocated wings are now associated, working together flying and maintaining the same air frames.
Apr 06, 2010
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION-- New York Army National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry, headquartered in Buffalo, board a C-130 operated by the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing on Thursday, Feb. 18. The Army Guard members were heading for a long-weekend drill at Fort Picket, Virginia. The 107the transported 350 members of the New York Army National Guard to Picket for training there.
Feb 23, 2010
MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.--Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Obrochta 107th Airlift Wing C-130 load master, ensures that a pallet of water bottles destined for delivery to Haiti are secure during a relief mission executed on Monday, Feb. 8. The New York Air National Guard crew delivered 18,270 water bottles to Haiti during this mission. "Everything needs to be secured for flight." said Obrochta. "If it is not bolted down, it gets strapped down" he added. The 107th has provided crews along with aircraft for the transportation of supplies into and evacuees out of Haiti since four days after the earthquake hit.
Feb 11, 2010
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti--While on a Haiti relief mission picking up critically injured Haitians, aircrew from the 107th AW had the honor of meeting former President Bill Clinton. (From left to right) Staff Sgt. Brian Waite, 107th C-130 flight engineer, 1st Lt. Joe Neglia, 107th C-130 pilot, President Bill Clinton and Maj. Greg Miller, 107th C-130 pilot.
Feb 08, 2010
NIAGRA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION--Members from the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing,and members from the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve talk to the local media upon arriving home after completing aid missions into and out of Haiti. (from left to right) Staff Sgt. Brian Waite, 107th C-130 flight engineer, Capt. Justin Pautler, 107th C-130 pilot, Capt. Richard Konopczynsky, 914th C-130 pilot and Tech Sgt. Rick Ackley, 914thC-130 flight engineer.
Jan 22, 2010
BUFFALO--New York Air National Guard Col. Timothy Vaughan, Commander of the 107th Mission Support Group of the 107th Airlift Wing,(left) joins University of Buffalo Executive Vice President James A. Willis in honoring President Millard Fimore on Thursday, Jan. 7, the 210th anniversary of his birth. Col. Vaughan laid a wreath from the White House on Fillmore's grave marker at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The New York National Guard and other military services assist the White House in laying wreaths to commemorate New York presidents. In the Albany area the Guard lays wreaths at the graves of Presidents Chester Arthur and Martin Van Buren. Fillmore, who died in 1874, was president from 1850 to 1853 and was the last member of the Wig Party to serve as president. He was founder of the University of Buffalo.
Jan 07, 2010
NIAGARA FALLS-- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Robert Farina embraces his children on August 16 after being apart for more than six months while providing security at Sather Air Base in Iraq. Farina a member of the 107th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron was among the first wave of deployed SFS members to return home Sunday. Earlier in the year Farina and other SFS members were called upon to ensure the security of Sather Air Base, Baghdad, Iraq. "I'm, proud to serve my country but it's great to back home with my family," Farina said.
Aug 19, 2009
A KC-135R Stratotanker leaves her home with the New York Air National Guard?s 107th Air Refueling Wing in Niagara Falls for a new home with the 126th Air Refueling Wingof the Illinois Air National Guard,on Jan. 23. The aircraft served with the 107th ARW for 14 years. The departure begins a series of farewells the Guardsmen of the 107th will give to their aircraft as they convert to an airlift wing. Members of the unit have already begun retraining on C-130 aircraft. Under the reorganization plan the 197th will jointly operate 12 C-130 aircraft in conjunction with the Air Force Reserve?s 914th Airlift Wing. Both units share the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
Jan 24, 2008
Secretary of State Condolizza Rice greets members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Air Refueling Wing at Sather Air Base in Baghdad Iraq, January 15, 2008. The Airmen are (from left) Lt. Col. Ken Anderson, Capt. Bryan Dalporto, and Command Chief Master Sergeant Rich King.
Jan 23, 2008
Master Sgt. Jennifer Mahoney boards a New York Air National Guard 107th Refueling Wing KC-135R tanker January 4 as 27 members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mahoney will be part of an Expeditionary Combat Support package for a Civil Engineering Squadron. More than 100 members of the 107 Refueling Wing, based at Niagara Air Force Reserve Station, will be deploying in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next few months.
Jan 14, 2008