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  • Columbia College to stay at Hancock Field

    Columbia College has become a fixture at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, however this affiliation came dangerously close to coming to an end this past year, fortunately all parties involved were able to come to an agreement."Fortunately Columbia College was able to sign a new lease agreement that runs through November 30, 2014, working with
  • Col. Harvey Van Wie Retires after 41 Years

    The 174th Fighter Wing said farewell to Col. Harvey M. Van Wie Jr. during a retirement ceremony held here on November 5, 2011. Colonel Van Wie was joined by family and friends as he celebrated 41 years of service in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard.Col. Van Wie completed a distinguished military career as Special Projects Officer
  • 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