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The Year in Review: Looking Back on 2010 at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base

174th Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Kevin W. Bradley taxis past a saluting Chief Master Sgt. Darryl W. Nielsen and the rest of the 174th Fighter Wing family for the last time with the F-16. The 174th Fighter Wing has converted to the MQ-9 Reaper and began flying 24/7 operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 1 December 2009. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt James N. Faso II/Released)

174th Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Kevin W. Bradley taxis past a saluting Chief Master Sgt. Darryl W. Nielsen and the rest of the 174th Fighter Wing family for the last time with the F-16. The 174th Fighter Wing has converted to the MQ-9 Reaper and began flying 24/7 operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 1 December 2009. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt James N. Faso II/Released)

The 174th Fighter Wing, Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY shows off it's latest aircraft: The MQ-9 "Reaper". The unit will begin flying Combat Air Patrols with the MQ-9 beginning in November of this year, while flying out the F-16 Fighting Falcon until March 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/RELEASED)

The 174th Fighter Wing, Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY shows off it's latest aircraft: The MQ-9 "Reaper". The unit will begin flying Combat Air Patrols with the MQ-9 beginning in November of this year, while flying out the F-16 Fighting Falcon until March 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/RELEASED)

The 455th Civil Engineering (CE) Squadron based at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan will be "shouting out" during the Novemeber 12th Syracuse University vs. Northern Iowa basketball game. The 455th CE Squadron consists of airmen from the 174th Fighter Wing, Syracuse, NY and the 185th Fighter Wing from Sioux City, IA.

The 455th Civil Engineering (CE) Squadron based at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan will be "shouting out" during the Novemeber 12th Syracuse University vs. Northern Iowa basketball game. The 455th CE Squadron consists of airmen from the 174th Fighter Wing, Syracuse, NY and the 185th Fighter Wing from Sioux City, IA.

174th Security Forces Squadron members at the midway point of their 6-month
deployment to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing/Security Forces Squadron, Manas Air Base in Kyrgzstan.

174th Security Forces Squadron members at the midway point of their 6-month deployment to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing/Security Forces Squadron, Manas Air Base in Kyrgzstan.

Members of the 174th Fighter Wing Honor Guard present the colors for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Special Olympics in Syracuse New York on 5 February, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lee O. Tucker/Released)

Members of the 174th Fighter Wing Honor Guard present the colors for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Special Olympics in Syracuse New York on 5 February, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lee O. Tucker/Released)

Lt. Col. Graham Buschor, 274th Acting Commander presents Technical Sgt. Cole P. Shebat with the Bronze Star Medal. As a JTAC assigned to the 274thASOS Shebat received this honor for actions he preformed while attached to an Army Unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (US Air Force Photo by: SSgt James N. Faso II/Released)

Lt. Col. Graham Buschor, 274th Acting Commander presents Technical Sgt. Cole P. Shebat with the Bronze Star Medal. As a JTAC assigned to the 274thASOS Shebat received this honor for actions he preformed while attached to an Army Unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (US Air Force Photo by: SSgt James N. Faso II/Released)

Incomming 152nd Air Operations Group Commander, Colonel (Sel.) Mark D. Murphy stands with the 152AOG outgoing commander Colonel Kevin Brown and the 174th Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Kevin Bradley. Colonel Murphy assumed Command of the 152AOG during the April UTA.(US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt James N. Faso II/RELEASED)

Incomming 152nd Air Operations Group Commander, Colonel (Sel.) Mark D. Murphy stands with the 152AOG outgoing commander Colonel Kevin Brown and the 174th Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Kevin Bradley. Colonel Murphy assumed Command of the 152AOG during the April UTA.(US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt James N. Faso II/RELEASED)

Members of the 174th Fighter Wing Honor Guard fold a flag at a memorial service at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY on 2 May 2010. The service was to celebrate the life of US Air Force Staff Sgt. Linda Monelavongsy who passed away in a motorcycle accident on 21 April 2010. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Faso/Released)

Members of the 174th Fighter Wing Honor Guard fold a flag at a memorial service at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY on 2 May 2010. The service was to celebrate the life of US Air Force Staff Sgt. Linda Monelavongsy who passed away in a motorcycle accident on 21 April 2010. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Faso/Released)

National Guard Bureau Chief, US Air Force General Craig R. McKinley and The Adjutant General of New York, US Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Murphy receive a rundown of the capabilities of the MQ-9 Reaper, Remotely Piloted Aircraft from US Air Force Tech. Sgt. Eric W. Schenck at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY on 5 May 2010. McKinley and Murphy were getting a tour of the school house responsible for all MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft maintenance training for the US Air Force. (US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)

National Guard Bureau Chief, US Air Force General Craig R. McKinley and The Adjutant General of New York, US Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Murphy receive a rundown of the capabilities of the MQ-9 Reaper, Remotely Piloted Aircraft from US Air Force Tech. Sgt. Eric W. Schenck at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY on 5 May 2010. McKinley and Murphy were getting a tour of the school house responsible for all MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft maintenance training for the US Air Force. (US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)

Maj. Gen. Andrew F. Turley, Air National Guard (ANG) Assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force (TJAG), leads a national meeting of the ANG Council of the TJAG at Hancock Field on June 4-5, 2010.  The Council is composed of 13 “assistants” representing each of the major commands in the Air Force, as well as five senior enlisted members.
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Maj. Gen. Andrew F. Turley, Air National Guard (ANG) Assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force (TJAG), leads a national meeting of the ANG Council of the TJAG at Hancock Field on June 4-5, 2010. The Council is composed of 13 “assistants” representing each of the major commands in the Air Force, as well as five senior enlisted members.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. (ret) Charlie Poehlman and other retired members of the 174th Fighter Wing (FW) gather for the dedication of the F-86 Sabre at Hancock Field in Syracuse NY on 12 Sept 2010.   The crew chief side of the aircraft was dedicated to Senior Master Sgt. Poehlman for his years of hard work with the F-86 and the 174th FW.  (Photo by SSgt Ricky Best)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. (ret) Charlie Poehlman and other retired members of the 174th Fighter Wing (FW) gather for the dedication of the F-86 Sabre at Hancock Field in Syracuse NY on 12 Sept 2010. The crew chief side of the aircraft was dedicated to Senior Master Sgt. Poehlman for his years of hard work with the F-86 and the 174th FW. (Photo by SSgt Ricky Best)

Participants race away from of the start line during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run, held October 9th at the Willow Bay shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. Over 200 people participated in the walk/run, which was held to support the New York State Family Readiness program. (USAF Photo by: SSgt. James N. Faso II/Released)
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Participants race away from of the start line during the 1st Annual Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run, held October 9th at the Willow Bay shelter in Onondaga Lake Park. Over 200 people participated in the walk/run, which was held to support the New York State Family Readiness program. (USAF Photo by: SSgt. James N. Faso II/Released)

US Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher S. Duffy prepares to carry a box of food items to a car at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, NY on 22 Dec. 2009. Addley was volunteering at the Annual Christmas Bureau Salvation Army Food and Gift drive supplying needy families with gifts for their children and food for their Holiday meal. (US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)
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US Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher S. Duffy prepares to carry a box of food items to a car at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, NY on 22 Dec. 2009. Addley was volunteering at the Annual Christmas Bureau Salvation Army Food and Gift drive supplying needy families with gifts for their children and food for their Holiday meal. (US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call/Released)

Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY -- There is an old adage that goes "The more things change the more they stay the same" and nowhere is that more apparent than on Hancock Field Air National Guard Base.

"As we approach the holiday season and a new year, I am not only amazed how quickly this year flew by but more impressed with the sheer number of incredible accomplishments earned by this wing. 2010 will soon be gone on the calendar but will long be remembered as the year of the Conversion and Deployments", said Col. Kevin W. Bradley 174th Fighter Wing Commander.

So before we close this year out, let's take a look back at 2010 and all of the challenges faced by you "Citizen Airmen".

The 174th Fighter Wing, 152nd Air Operations Group and the 274th Air Support Operations Squadron continue to evolve, grow and change as the years continues to blend into one another, while the mission continues to be accomplished.

This past year the 174th Fighter Wing flew, fixed and supported more than 2,500 F-16, RC-26B and MQ-9 hours, including combat, while HANGB deployed more than 275 Airmen to eight different countries.

The members of HANGB have directly supported operations in Central, European, Northern, Pacific and Southern commands, while maintaining a strong community presence with the State Fair, Honor Guard, Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Day, speaking engagements and countless other events.

After 22 years of flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon, affectionately known as the Viper, the last of the unit's F-16 left the airfield on the 6th of March, while the MQ-9 Reaper achieved sustained combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 274th ASOS had two Bronze Star Medal recipients recognized this past year, they were Technical Sgt.'s Cole P. Shebat and Patrick (last name withheld by unit member) two Joint Terminal Air Controllers who served extended deployments in support of OEF. The 274th ASOS has been deployed in support of OEF for the majority of 2010 finally coming coming home in December just in time for the holidays.

On April 10th the 152nd AOG had a change of command ceremony as Col. Kevin J. Brown passed the reigns of command to Col. (Sel.) Mark D. Murphy.

A memorial service was held on May 2nd for Staff Sgt Linda Monelavongsy of the 174FW Communications Flight who lost her life in a motorcycle accident on April 20th during Bike Week in Corolla, N.C.

On May 5th General Craig R. McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau the National Guard's senior leader visited HANGB getting a tour of the facility concluding with lunch with the men and women of HANGB.

HANGB also hosted two National Guard Bureau Conferences; the first was the Northeast Regional Public Affairs Conference on May 25th featuring Mr. Jack Harrison the National Guard Bureau's Director of Public Affairs.

On the 4th and 5th of June HANGB hosted the Air National Guard Council of the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force for one of its national meetings featuring Maj. Gen. Andrew F. Turley, the ANG Assistant to the TJAG and Chair of the Council.

On the 12th of September HANGB dedicated the F-86 Sabre to the newly-established Hancock Field Air Park during a brief commander's call in the main hangar. This legacy aircraft from the unit's proud history is the first aircraft to be dedicated to the newly-established air park with more HANGB legacy aircraft to follow.

October 9th marked the first Hancock Field Family Readiness Program 5K Run, which was held at Onondaga Lake Park with a total of 206 runners and walkers supporting the efforts of the unit and their families.

December 22nd members of HANGB will be at the Oncenter Convention Center in downtown Syracuse to bring hope to those families facing tough times during this holiday season. With more than 4,000 families from the Syracuse area experiencing hard times during this holiday season members from HANGB will once again answer the call of the Christmas Bureau Salvation Army's distribution day.

2010 was a remarkable year that tested the men and women of HANGB and 2011 will no doubt pose additional challenges, but as always HANGB will be up to the challenges that lie ahead.