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  • Revolutionizing Intelligence - Part Two: Setting higher standards

    Technology plays an important part in the mission of the 204th Intelligence Squadron; however, the high quality of the squadron's instructors is equally a force multiplier.With members remaining in the squadron for 10-20 years, the 204th is able to provide a level of continuity that many active duty units cannot. By having a stable level of
  • Fillari chosen as new state command chief

    This year, and appropriately enough during Women's History Month, a woman was chosen to serve as the state command chief master sergeant - the highest ranking enlisted position in the New Jersey Air National Guard."Anybody can do it," said State Command Chief Master Sgt.  Janeen M. Fillari. "It takes time; you have to start early in your career;
  • Eason receives top honor guard award

    And the recipient of the 87th Air Base Wing Honor Guard Member of the Year for January 2015 to December 2015 award goes to...Staff Sgt. Brianna M. Eason.As a traditional Guardsman, Eason is an orderly room clerk with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 108th Wing Maintenance Operations Flight.But during the week, Eason serves as the
  • Remodeling the model

    With a new commander coming to the 108th Wing, Staff Sgts. Murray Burgen and Shaun Strain were tasked with remodeling the KC-135 model airplanes that adorn the entrances to the Wing's headquarters building and the maintenance hangar.Those models were put there more than 20-years ago when the Wing moved from flying fighter aircrafts to KC-135E
  • Revolutionizing intelligence – Part One

    Closed off from all non-essential personnel in a secured, vault-like work environment known as a Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility, the 204th Intelligence Squadron is a mystery to those outside the squadron.Who are they? What is their mission? What have they accomplished? How have they proven to be a vital part of not only the 108th
  • Keeping the wing ready

    Walking into the 108th's warehouse, you can't help but think of the ending of the Raiders of the Lost Ark where Ark of the Covenant disappears into the bowels of the unnamed government storehouse.I mention this to Staff Sgt. Janette J. Sheppard and Senior Airman Mario Lopez and they laugh. Both Airmen are assigned to the Individual Protective
  • 108th Wing photographer nationally recognized

    Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht of the 108th Wing Public Affairs Office received a $1,000 grant from the Eddie Adams Foundation Oct. 12, 2015, in recognition of his work as a military photojournalist and videographer.Hecht was one of four military photographers to gain admittance to the Eddie Adams Photography Workshop in Jeffersonville, N.Y., which each
  • Justin Gielski: American Ninja Warrior

    Tech. Sgt. Justin B. Gielski may be the next American Ninja Warrior.Problem is, he can't tell you. At least, not yet.In June, the New Jersey Air National Guard Airman competed in Las Vegas in the finals of the popular television show that requires strength, agility, endurance and more than a little grit. He's not allowed to talk about his
  • Change is the only constant thing in life

    Imagine working tirelessly day and night towards a goal, a goal that you've been looking forward to all year. Only to find out that it's no longer happening. Unfortunately, this was the case for the 108th Contingency Response Group. On July 1, 2015, the CRG mission was no longer a part of the 108th Wing.The 108th CRG started to come together in
  • Goal met: 358 days to return to ‘normal’

    With chest heaving, arms pumping and pink running shoes a blur on the pavement, Senior Airman Ashley Chytraus crossed the finish line at her annual Physical Fitness Test on June 14.Although the 25-year-old crew chief with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 108th Wing scored an "excellent," she admitted being disappointed that her run time and