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NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. -- Tech. Sgt. (Retired) Ron Kraft (left) and Master Sgt. (Retired) Ron Kurek of the Rainbow Carvers of Lewiston, N.Y. display some of their labor of love.  The group is one of many nationwide that volunteer their time to handcraft these canes for wounded veterans in the local Western New York area. These canes are provided free of charge to any service member who fought in Afghanistan or Iraq, but are also available to any wounded veteran.   (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Peter Borys) Local wood carver group shows their appreciation for wounded vets
They've been doing this since 2005: creating some of the most beautiful hand crafted wood carvings anywhere. They are not for sale, but are instead created as a labor of love to show their appreciation to local wounded veterans free of charge. The Rainbow Carvers of Lewiston/Niagara Falls, N.Y. are a small group of about 20 individuals; some are
0 12/06
2008
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. --  Tech. Sgt. Mohammad Ali (left) hands off a training weapon to a fellow Airman during a skills challenge relay race here Nov.1, 2008.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Caya) Niagara Skills Challenge

0 12/06
2008
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. -- Tech. Sgt. Vincent Gustafson, a pavements and equipment operator for the 914th Civil Engineering Squadron gets a reassuring hug from his wife and daughter that it's good to be home.  Gustafson was among 17 Air Force Reservists who recently arrived home from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.  These reservists  were deployed for approximately six months.  The group, part of an operation and maintenance team, were responsible for building and renovating facilities for the Army and other forward operating locations.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Peter Borys) Troop Return

0 9/22
2008
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - 914th Airlift Wing commander Colonel Reinhard Schmidt reads Capt. John R. Bastian his oath of office during a ceremony in the commander's office.  Before Capt. Bastian took his position here, he worked in a catholic seminary for the Army and has served the Catholic Church as an ordained priest for 13 years before deciding to receive a commission in the Air Force Reserve.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Andrew Caya) Catholic priest joins officer corp in the Air Force Reserve.

0 8/03
2008
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. -- Master Sgt. Jeff Gray, 2008 Air Force First Sergeant of the Year, poses in front of an Afghanistan mountain range during his most recent deployment to Southwest Asia.       914th First Sergeant embodies new Air Force slogan: "Above All"
The Air Force has selected Master Sgt. Jeffrey Gray as the winner of the 2008 First Sergeant of the Year Award.Sergeant Gray, a traditional reservist assigned to the 328th Airlift Squadron as well as a City of Buffalo firefighter in his civilian capacity, could not believe he was chosen for this honor."I was in disbelief when I found out I won," he
0 7/31
2008
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - The last of Niagara's C-130 H3 model aircraft departs Niagara Falls for the final time July 11.  As part of  the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission, the 914th Airlift Wing exchanged its eight C-130H3 aircraft for 12 C-130 H2 models.  In addition, the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard has formed an association with the Air Force Reserve at Niagara.  In an associate base, units will share people, resources  and equipment to accomplish their flying mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Mr. Michael Harvey)
Niagara says "good-bye" to an old friend

0 7/15
2008
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - Air Force Reserve personnel from the 914th Airlift Wing were given the opportunity to raise community awareness of the Reserve program and to express their appreciation to the thousands of local supporters of the military via a free concert venue at Artpark in Lewiston, NY.  The rock band Kansas was the featured act and before the concert 914th Airlift Wing commander Col. Reinhard Schmidt spoke to a crowd of more than 15,000 to voice his appreciation for the outstanding support given to the air base by the Western New York community.  Staff Sgt. Joel Laureno, 914 AW line recruiter, sang the National Anthem while the Niagara Falls Base Honor Guard presented the colors.  A perfectly timed two ship C-130 formation flyover culminated the opening ceremony.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Andrew Caya) Local venue Kansas concert becomes community awareness night

0 7/15
2008
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - The new tailflash design representing the unique Reserve/Guard association here at Niagara has begun its appearance on the C-130 aircraft assigned to the Air Force Reserve, but operated and maintained by both Guard and Reserve personnel.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Mr. Michael Harvey) New tailflash design begins its appearance at Niagara

0 7/15
2008
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - The new 25,000 sq. ft. fire rescue station at the Niagara air base is scheduled to open later this month and will provide fire and rescue personnel with a modernized facility and state-of-the-art equipment to better serve the needs of the base and local community.  The Niagara Falls ARS fire department also serves the adjacent Niagara Falls International Airport and provides support to local area fire stations.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Mr. Michael Harvey) Coming soon

0 7/15
2008
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, NY --  Tech. Sgt. Christopher McArdle, a 914th Airlift Wing firefighter, has received the 2008 Tuskegee Airman Inc. Award. The Tuskegee Airman Inc. Award is awarded to Airmen who help further the goal of the Air Force through effective training, mentoring, motivation and community outreach.  The award ceremony is slated to be on July 18, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Mr. Michael Harvey) 914th Airman receives Tuskegee Airmen Inc. award

0 7/09
2008
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