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  • Biddle ANG Base hosts Congressional Delegation

    A congressional delegation led by U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean visited the 111th Attack Wing at Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, Dec. 21, 2021. The group of federal and state-level representatives received an update on the organization and the base and met with members of the command during their tour. “It is a privilege to host our congressional leaders to share more about the mission of the 111th and the incredible work our Airmen do 365-days-a-year across the Commonwealth and around the world,” said Col. Rebecca A. Gray, 111th ATKW Vice Wing Commander. “It is important to connect with our congressional delegation as we look to the future. We must partner together in order to capitalize on the incredible resources of talent, military mission and our geography that we have here at Biddle Air Guard Base.”
  • 111th LRS welcomes new commander

    Lt. Col. Steven Good relinquished command of the 111th Logistics Readiness Squadron to Lt. Col. Bennie Roberson during a change of command ceremony December 12, 2021 here. This ceremony is a military tradition symbolizing the transfer of leadership of a unit or command. Ironically as Roberson steps up as commander of the 111th LRS, Good will be moving into Roberson’s prior role as the 111th Attack Wing inspector general.
  • Lithuanian Armed Forces cyber defense leader visits 111th Attack Wing at Biddle ANG Base

    Cyber defense leaders from the Pennsylvania National Guard’s State Partnership Program partner, Lithuania, visited the 111th Attack Wing at Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, December 6, 2021 to discuss capabilities, training and areas of future cooperation. Lithuanian Air Force Col. Romualdas Petkevicius, Director of Regional Cyber Defence Center in Kaunas, Lithuania, met with Air National Guard Lt. Col. Thomas Love, Commander, 112th Cyberspace Operations Squadron; and Army National Guard Maj. Christine Pierce, Team Chief for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s Defensive Cyber Operations Element; to review previous training and engagements, and to begin mapping out future opportunities for defensive cyber training and collaboration between the Pennsylvania National Guard our partners in Lithuania.
  • 111th CES Chief retires, closes career with hometown ties

    After almost 39-years of military service, a senior enlisted leader here at the 111th Attack Wing retired and closed his career with a nod to his hometown roots during a ceremony held at Biddle Air National Guard base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6, 2021. Chief Master Sgt. Christian J. Haas, a native of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, received his goodbye salutes and handshakes from his comrades-in-arms at the 111th ATKW, where he has served in the 111th Civil Engineering Squadron as the Base Facility Manager since 2009.
  • New 111th SFS Commander brings badge, pilot wings to table

    Pennsylvania Air National Guard Lt. Col Alex VanZant, an Air Force pilot previously assigned to the 111th Operations Group, assumed command of the 111th Security Forces Squadron after accepting the unit’s colors from PAANG Col. Christine Munch, 111th Mission Support Group Commander, during a ceremony at Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
  • 111th ATKW hosts environmental advisory board, features new water treatment plant on base tour

    The 111th Attack Wing hosted 27 members of the Willow Grove Air Base Restoration Advisory Board here, for a tour of the base to review progress in improving the quality of base drinking water and groundwater/stormwater run-off Oct. 28, 2021. The Willow Grove RAB was established in 2015 and meets quarterly to address community concerns and environmental issues regarding the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) Willow Grove and the former Air Force Reserve Station (ARS) Willow Grove. The visitors included local residents; representatives from local, state and federal government; and civic/business leaders in the community.
  • Pennsylvania’s Air Guardsmen at Biddle battle cyber scourges at home, abroad

    Battling adversaries on the most modern battlefield, the 112th Cyberspace Operations Squadron here, part of the 111th Attack Wing, actively and near-imperceptibly defends national security. In a 2017 article, Maj. Shaun Swenson of the 112th COS was quoted as saying, "As we're more and more dependent on information-centric communications and activities, the cyber aspect of that becomes more and more important.” And that network dependence postures the 112th COS and other ANG cyberspace units to serve both locally and globally.
  • 111th Med Group hosts Advanced Trauma Life Support Course

    More than a dozen Air National Guard members from six different states learned the ABCs during a medical course hosted by the 111th Medical Group here recently. Not the song written to teach preschoolers the alphabet, but the “ABCDE” approach to treating trauma patients. The 111th Medical Group hosted 16 ANG members from nine separate units located in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas for the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course, or ATLS, on Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, Sept. 28-28, 2021. U.S. Air National Guard Col. Adam Vernardakis, New Hampshire State Air Surgeon and ATLS instructor broke down the alphabetic mnemonic taught during the two-day course held here Sept. 28-28, 2021.
  • RED HORSE Ready! 111th squadron always set to ‘saddle up’

    With the shift in mission at the 111th Attack Wing from A-10 Thunderbolt II to the remotely-piloted MQ-9 Reaper, there are those in the community who are sometimes surprised that the Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, is still open for business. Then drill weekend hits, and the base population swells to more than a thousand with 13 111th Attack Wing units, and units from the Army Reserve and Army National Guard conducting training on base. That’s when it becomes clear – Biddle Air National Guard Base is operational.
  • 111th ATKW hosts PA State Representatives

    The 111th Attack Wing welcomed three Pennsylvania State Representatives to Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, for an update to discuss issues important to the Wing, the base and the local community. Col. Deane Thomey, 111th Attack Wing Commander, hosted State Representatives Todd Stephens (151st District), Todd Polinchock (144th District) and Meghan Schroeder (29th District) for briefings from key 111th ATKW leaders and staff. The meeting included an update on installation efforts to address water quality concerns related to the base’s drinking water and storm water runoff.