Table of Contents
· TAG's Message
· CSM Message
· 108th Passes First Year Mark in NETTF
· Band of Brothers - and Sisters
· 177th CE Deploys to RAF Mildenhall
· Cavalry MOUTs up at Fort Knox
· 21st CST Go For Hot Zone
· Operation Whirlwind
· Chaplain Beats the Devil out of Soldiers
· News Guard Families Can Use

· Short Rounds
· Army and Air Enlisted Promotions
· Farewell to Brig. Gen. Bell
· Family Assistance Centers & Family Readiness Centers
· Guardlife Information

Guardlife - 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 is
            looking forward to a second year of showing the others  how to be America's Best Refueling Wing!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.

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Col. Michael Cunniff (left) Commander, 108th Air Refueling Wing, presents Master Sgt. Donald G. Newlin, Sr. (right) with a trophy during the 108th's Family Day awards ceremony July 17. Newlin has been with the Honor Guard Program since its inception. Photo by Staff Sgt. Barb Harbison, 108 ARW/PA.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 Washington, D.C.

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.

“They 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 military functions.