Air Guard Units Honored By State Senate
By Roman Martyniuk, NJDMAVA/PA, photos by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.
Both the 108th Air Refueling Wing and the 177th Fighter Wing were honored by an official resolution by the New Jersey Senate in the Senate chambers Oct. 31.
The resolutions, introduced by State Senator Peter Inverso (Republican-14th District), himself a former member of the 108th Air Refueling Wing, and signed by Senate Co-Presidents Richard J. Codey (Democrat-27th District) and John O. Bennett (Republican-12th District), recognize service and contributions made by New Jersey Air National Guard in the months following 911.
The 177th Fighter Wing was placed on active duty within an hour following the first attack against the World Trade Centers. Wing pilots have flown and continue to fly a record number of sorties providing CAP (Combat Air Patrols) coverage over the Northeast.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, the 108th Air Refueling Wing has been providing around the clock, in-flight refueling to aircraft from the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and allied air forces involved in both Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.