Volume 31, No. 4
108th Passes First Year Mark In NETTF
By Maj. Tim Burke, 141ARS; photo courtesy 108ARW/PA.
The 108th Air Refueling Wing has just passed the one-year mark for its participation in the North East Tanker Task Force.
With this anniversary, the 108th has performed 150 alert taskings, flown 120 missions, offloaded 6.5 million pounds of fuel to Operations Enduring Freedom
and Iraqi Freedom airlifters, performed 390 safe flying hours and attained a 96 percent mission reliability rate.
What these numbers donít show are the missions such as
refueling medivac missions for burn patients and planes bringing back the
wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan, meeting C-130s over the Atlantic Ocean,
helping the crews deploy and, even better, coming home.
Best Of The Best
By Senior Airman Robbie Finley, 108 ARW/PA
108th Air Refueling Wing Airman received
the 2005 Air National Guard Outstanding Base Honor
Guard Program Manager of the Year Award June 9 in
Master Sgt. Donald G. Newlin Sr., the honor guard
program manager and a satellite NCO Academy instructor,
received the award while on a weeklong trip to Washington,
D.C., that was given to winners of various awards.
wined and dined us for a week,” he said.
During the weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., Newlin
and other winners took a private tour of the White House,
Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums and many
other places, he said. At an awards banquet June 9, Newlin
was awarded a medal, a statue, and three plaques along
with many other prizes for winning the outstanding Honor
Guard manager of the year award.
Over the last 16 years, the 108th Honor Guard has
participated in countless funerals, Commanders calls, and