Tuesday, February 28, 2012
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy meets with Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig to discuss realignment plans for the 911th Airlift Wing and the 171st Refueling Wing in Moon.
The adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard has pledged to help prevent the closure of the the Moon-based 911th Airlift Wing and realignment of the neighboring 171st Refueling Wing, according to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy. Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, said he met Monday night with Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig to discuss a proposal to close the 911th and reduce the number of aircraft at the 171st Refueling Wing. Murphy said the general pledged his support for the facilities and efforts to prevent the planned closure of the 911th and reduction of aircraft at the 171st. Murphy and other members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation in recent weeks have spoken out against the closing of the 911th, which employs more than 1,300 military and…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Airmen at the base say they are disappointed with the decision to retire the wing's aircraft and close the base.
Lt. Col. Chuck Sargent has piloted missions to South Asia and the Middle East aboard the C-130 Hercules aircraft. “I landed one of these on a 3,000-foot dirt road in Afghanistan,” said Sargent, standing below the nose of a C-130 parked in Hangar 291 at the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon. “But you know, I’m just a part-time guy,” he said with a smile. The days that those C-130s have in the sky may be numbered: The Air Force announced plans earlier this month to shutter the Moon-based 911th Airlift Wing as a part of a $4.7 billion military restructuring plan. Military officials cited the 911th's aging aircraft as the reason behind the closure. The company now known as Lockheed Martin manufactured the base's eight C-130s in 1967. “If we lose our…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Federal officials say the long-awaited project has "cleared its last hurdle."
Construction on a new Moon Township military commissary can now "move forward without delay," according to a statement from Western Pennsylvania's congressional leaders. More than $17 million in federal funding has been freed for construction of the commissary, according to a joint statement issued Monday by U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and U.S. Reps. Tim Murphy, Jason Altmire, Mike Doyle, Bill Shuster and Mark Critz. Construction on the project was originally slated to begin in July, said U.S. Defense Commissary Agency spokesman Richard Brink. The commissary will cover 43,000 square feet at the intersection of University Boulevard and Interstate 376. It will serve as a trading post and grocery store for active and retired …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Servicemen and their families re-unite after deployments keep them apartment for months.
"There it is!" someone murmured, pointing at a speck on the horizon. Families watched in silence Wednesday as a steel-gray C-130 aircraft descended behind the rooftops of distant buildings, then re-emerged on the tarmac of the Air Force Reserve's 911th Airlift Wing base in Moon. At the wing, 13 servicemen were re-united with their families after tours overseas, primarily in Afghanistan. The reunion was an emotional one for many involved: Members of the 911th Airlift Wing replaced a British Royal Air Force unit that in March came under fire at Frankfurt International Airport in Germany. No casualties were reported in the attacks.
Friday, September 9, 2011
The airshow begins Saturday at the 911th Airlift Wing Air Force Reserve base.
More than 250,000 spectators are expected to attend this weekend's annual Wings Over Pittsburgh airshow. The event, which takes place at the Air Force Reserve's 911th Airlift Wing on Defense Avenue, will mark its 10th year and the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon plus the Flight 93 crash. The show will feature aeronautics displays from the Northeast Raiders Demonstration Team, the Viper West F-16 air show and the Heavy Metal Jet Team, a Lancaster-based group of former Blue Angels and Navy pilots. Moon's 171st Air National Guard Refueling Wing and the 911th sponsor the show. The show will pause for an observance of 9/11 on Sunday. The show will not take place next year -- air show ambassador Lt. Col…
Friday, July 22, 2011
Air show is scheduled for the Sept. 10 weekend.
Air shows are all about really cool planes doing neat acrobatic tricks in the air. But they’re also an important opportunity for the military and community to join forces to put on a spectacular event for the area and its residents. That’s the message organizers of the “Wings Over Pittsburgh” air show are sending as they move into the homestretch of preparation for the events around the Sept. 10 weekend. “The thing about it is everyone gets involved,” said Lt. Col. Chuck Sargent, who is the event organizer for the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon. “It’s a neat way to bring the community together as one big team.” Sargent said last year’s event had record crowds after the air show moved from June to September, and he expects it to grow even more …