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Multitudes of onlookers board the KC-135R aircraft and interact with wing members to gain an understanding of the refueling capabilities of the aircraft and the mission of the wing here, during the Luke Days Air Show, March 17, 2018. The state mission of the 161st Air Refueling Wing is to provide emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Tinashe Machona) AZ Air Guard displays Air Power at Luke Days Air Show 2018
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – The KC-135R and F-16 aircrafts from the Arizona Air National Guard were showcased at the Luke Days Air Show here, March 17-18. The event attracted thousands of spectators from across the state excited to witness the air superiority of the United States Air Force and the Arizona Air National Guard.  The air show was free
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Col. Patrick W. Donaldson accepts the 161st Air Refueling Wing guidon from Maj. Gen. Edward Maxwell, Arizona Air National Guard Air Component Commander,  during the change of command ceremony at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Jan. 7, 2017. AZ Air Guard welcomes new tanker wing commander
Col. Patrick Donaldson assumed command of the 161st Air Refueling Wing from Col. Troy Daniels, during a change of command ceremony here, Jan. 7, signifying the official transfer of authority.The Arizona Air National Guard Air Component Commander, Maj. Gen. Edward Maxwell, presided over the ceremony and shared his gratitude for the wing member’s
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Default Air Force Logo 2017-2018 Combined Federal Campaign
The 2017-2018 Combined Federal Campaign is in full swing and will remain open for contributions until January 15, 2018. The mission of the Combined Federal Campaign is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the
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Tinashe Machona AZ Air Guard hosts Honorary Commander Induction Ceremony
Honorary Commanders were welcomed during an induction ceremony here, Nov. 2, as part of a two-year program that promotes base ambassadorship. The purpose of the 161st Air Refueling Wing’s Honorary Commander Program is to educate community leaders about the Arizona Air National Guard and the Goldwater Air National Guard Base.“It is a great
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Firemen rush to the aid of passengers immediately after a fictitiously-crashed aircraft here, during the 2017 Triennial Exercise, 26 Oct. 2017. The exercise occurs every three years and the Air Guard participates as one of the partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Tinashe Machona) AZ Air Guard tests emergency response with Phoenix Sky Harbor
Arizona Air National Guard members helped Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport complete its 2017 Triennial Exercise here Oct. 26, to practice emergency response and to satisfy Federal Aviation Administration requirements. Every three years, the federal government requires airports like Sky Harbor to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise. In
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Arizona Air National Guard in St. Croix Arizona Air National Guard in St. Croix
Senior Airman Lee Wickett, Senior Airman Alecia Harris and Airman 1st Class Erik Swanberg are Aerial Port Airmen from the 161 ARW. These airmen provided support in the form of maintaining accountability for incoming Hurricane Maria relief supplies.“We are responsible for downloading and uploading all military and federal relief aid supplies in
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Plough and Young Awards Tempe Chamber of Commerce honors two Airmen
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee recognized two 161st Air Refueling Wing members during a ceremony here Oct. 11, 2017.Staff Sgt. Gregory Laffrey, 161st Communications Flight, client system journeyman, was named as the Tech. Sgt. Donald Plough award recipient and Lt. Col. Dean Owen, 197th Air Refueling Squadron commander,
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Col. David Ciesielski, 161st Air Refueling Wing Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Vince Navarro as he assumes command of the 161st Security Force Squadron, Oct. 7. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Tinashe Machona). New 161st Security Forces Commander brings a wealth of experience
Lt. Col. Vincent Navarro assumed command of the 161st Security Forces Squadron, Oct. 7, during a ceremony here. Navarro said he is honored and humbled to be the commander of a squadron that encapsulates integrity and good work ethic – the 161st Security Forces Squadron. He added that he is proud of the unit’s dedication to the mission and its
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Chief Master Sgt. Bert A. Reid, 161st Air Refueling Wing command chief, addresses Airmen after assuming responsibility as the 161st ARW command chief, Oct. 7, 2017. Reid was previously the 161st Logistics Readiness Squadron chief enlisted manager and plans to use his wealth of knowledge and leadership to continually improve the enlisted Airmen’s success here at the wing. (Arizona Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Dillon Davis / Released) New 161st Command Chief Continues Tradition of Honor
The 161st Air Refueling Wing welcomed its newest command chief during a change of responsibility ceremony here, Oct. 7, 2017.
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Air National Guard Master Sgt. Matt Hill, air transportation specialist with the 133rd Airlift Wing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, directs the offload of food and supplies pallets at Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 15, 2017. 133rd AW personnel joined Airmen assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing in Camarillo, California and the 161st Air Refueling Wing in Phoenix, Arizona to manage air operations at the storm damaged airport in St. Thomas in the wake of Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman) National Guard Airmen provide critical contingency response in Virgin Islands
Air National Guard units from three U.S. states combined assets, manpower and expertise to provide critical control of military airlift to the heavily battered island of St. Thomas in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 146th Airlift Wing in Camarillo, California and 161st Air Refueling Wing in Phoenix, Arizona demonstrated the real world capability of the Airlift Control Flight (ALCF) beginning Sept. 9, as they began to manage 24 hour flight operations at the Cyril E. King International Airport.
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