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  • 174th Fighter Wing Vintage Aircraft Get Ready for Display

    Through the years many people have come and gone through the gates of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY, and in the backdrop were the changing aircraft reflecting U.S. air power at that particular point in history. The 174th Fighter Wing has employed 10 different aircraft since its formation in 1947 (including the MQ-9 and RC-26
  • 274th ASOS Branches Out

    Hancock Field's 274th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) recently participated in a demanding five-day exercise at Ft. Drum to hone their close air support (CAS) command, control and coordination skills. The exercise included Army and Marine units, making it the first time that the three branches participated in a joint combat control exercise
  • Italians First to Graduate from MQ-9 Training

    The first two foreign military students graduated from Hancock Field's MQ-9 maintenance training facility (known as the Field Training Detachment or FTD) during a ceremony held here on September 21, 2011. The ceremony also marked the 100th graduating class from the FTD, which is the sole formal MQ-9 training facility in the U.S. Air Force.Italian
  • 174th Fighter Wing Opens Doors to Local Media

    The 174th Fighter Wing, working out of its launch and recovery site at Wheeler-Sack Army Air Field (AAF) on Ft. Drum NY, hosted a local media open house on 5 October 2011. The media was given an up-close look at the Wing' s new MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft and ground-based cockpit during pre-flight operations, as well as the chance to meet Airmen
  • Mother, daughter find unity in AOR

    While serving as a first term enlisted Airmen in RAF Bentwaters, England, from 1987-89 Capt. Greta Lewis, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing public affairs officer, gave birth to her first child, Senior Airman Crystal Griffin, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron.Little did they know 23 years later mother and daughter would be serving the Air
  • Saying Goodbye to a "Heck" of a Guy

    On September 10, 2011, Hancock Field said goodbye to Command Chief Master Sergeant David D. Heckman during a retirement and change of authority ceremony held here. As part of the ceremony, Chief Heckman turned over his authority to Chief Master Sergeant Russell Youngs who became the fourth command chief of Hancock Field.Chief Heckman assumed the
  • First MQ-9 Reaper Taxi at Wheeler- Sack Army Air Field, Ft. Drum NY

    This date will serve as a significant milestone in the illustrious history of the 174th Fighter Wing as it marks the first time that a full-sized remotely piloted military aircraft (RPA) taxied on New York State soil. On June 30, 2011, at approximately 1400 hours, an MQ-9 Reaper taxied along the Wheeler-Sack Army Air Field flight line, taking the
  • New York Patriot Plan III

    The Patriot Plan is a package of benefits and protections for service members. The majority of the provisions apply only to residents of the State of New York. One of the benefits is free sporting licenses.Free hunting/big game, free fishing and free trapping licenses are available to New York State residents who have the appropriate Sportsmen
  • Security Forces Conducts Training Exercise

    The 174th Fighter Wing Security Forces recently conducted a two and a half day training exercise.The training exercise was coordinated by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Mcafee and is a requirement for airmen preparing for deployment. If airmen aren't deploying then the training has to be completed every 36 months. Once the airmen complete the training
  • Hancock Fields' "Hail To The Cheif's" ceremony

    On June 4, 2011, Hancock Field honored its recently and soon-to-be retired chief master sergeants at a "Hail To The Chiefs" dinner and ceremony held here in the main hanger.Hancock Field held its first "Hail To The Chiefs" ceremony to honor all the chief master sergeants who retired in 2010 and 2011. The following 13 chiefs were honored at a formal