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  • Inspection Readiness vs. Day-to-Day Readiness

    In the past, thoughts and images of an inspector often conjured a sense of anxiety and panic. Armed with a checklist and a quota, the old “black-hat” inspectors would set out with one goal in mind; to find and report deficiencies. And if a deficiency was found, there was a good chance it would result in a bad performance report or the loss of a job. As a result, units often spent more time cleaning, polishing, and painting over any and all imperfections in hopes that inspectors would overlook a deficiency. This of course created two states of readiness; 1) day-to day-readiness; and 2) inspection readiness. The black-hat inspection methodologies resulted in inefficiencies, the tendency to hide problems, high levels of stress, and a false sense of readiness.
  • Air Force navigator's stein defies time

    Rituals, customs and traditions – virtually every military organization in the world has them, and the United States Air Force is no exception. For Air Force pilots, navigators and other aircrew there are occasions such as getting one’s call sign, getting hosed down upon completion of a ‘fini-flight’ and even the annual tradition of ‘mustache March’, during which scores of aviators pay reverence to Brig. Gen. Robin Olds.
  • Director of the Air National Guard visits 102nd Intel Wing

    Director of the Air National Guard Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice visited the 102nd Intelligence Wing on Monday, Dec. 10 to tour the facilities and get a closer look at the wing’s capabilities. “It’s good to be home,” said Lt. Gen. Rice. Before assuming his current position, Lt. Gen. Rice previously served as the Adjutant General and Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
  • Otis Microgrid ribbon-cutting marks a new era in energy resiliency and grid security

    After three years of planning and construction, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Aug 29 that marked the DoD’s first wind-powered microgrid, signifying the system’s readiness to support the 24/7 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission of the 102nd Intelligence Wing.
  • 102nd Medical Group Airmen showcase capabilities to family

    It was a scene of chaos. Airmen were evacuating patients from the red zone to the decontamination areas. Medics were preparing for a large influx of patients.This however, was not a real hazardous materials exposure-response. Airmen from Detachment 1, 102nd Medical Group, from Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. invited their family and friends to
  • 102nd Medical Group Airmen train at MBTA Emergency Training Center

    The 102nd Medical Group, Detachment 1, is always ready for emergencies. As members of the Homeland Response Force, the team is prepared to respond to any potential incident in New England.
  • ESGR Employer Appreciation Day at Joint Base Cape Cod

    Over 30 civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members participated in an employer appreciation event organized by the Massachusetts contingent of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves organization, on Friday July 13, 2018.
  • 102nd Fighter Wing aircraft honored at Tyndall Air Force Base

    Military aircraft that responded to the attacks over our homeland during the tragic events of September 11, 2001, are being honored at the The Killey Center for Homeland Operations at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida. The facility is headquarters for 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) and the Continental U. S. NORAD Region, one of the three regions that make up the North American Aerospace Defense Command. 1st AF (AFNORTH) is the air component of the United States Northern Command, with an area of responsibility that includes the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and Mexico.
  • Embracing Change – 10 Years of the 102nd Intelligence Wing

    Change is a challenging proposal. Be it an adjustment to a daily routine, or one’s preconceived notions, the resistance to change is inherently a human condition. For individuals, having a tried and true routine is familiar and easy. There is a certain comfort factor that accompanies the status quo and convinces us that changing something for the sake of change itself is usually a bad thing. As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
  • Winter storms highlight Massachusetts Guard teamwork

    Punxsutawney Phil was on the money this year when he predicted six more weeks of winter. And although they would never admit it, it probably felt a little like Groundhog Day for the 102nd Civil Engineers tasked to keep Joint Base Cape Cod up and running in the wake of four Nor’easters that struck the region last month.
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