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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,
0 10/12
2017
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
0 10/08
2017
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.
0 10/08
2017
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.
0 9/25
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Airmen with the 161st Air Refueling Wing logistics readiness squadron, small air terminal, deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide support in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 12, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Deitloff) Arizona National Guard Airmen deploy for Hurricane Irma relief efforts
Fifteen Airmen assigned to the 161st Logistics Readiness Squadron, aerial port, small air terminal here, deployed Sept. 12 to the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide support  for Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.The Airmen are trained experts in receiving and distributing personnel, supplies and equipment for an array of contingencies to include disaster
0 9/13
2017
additional-duty first sergeant Diamond in the rough, preparing a new generation of First Sergeants
Airmen can be called away to perform duty at a moment’s notice, but what happens when it’s the first sergeant who is called away? Who can fill those very important boots? Who will the Airmen turn to for morale, life and readiness issues? Who can Airmen call? They can call the additional duty first sergeants.A first sergeant, or first shirt as they
0 9/10
2017
Assumption of Command 161st welcomes new maintenance group commander
Lt. Col. Fausto Padilla assumed command of the 161st Maintenance Group Saturday, during a ceremony here.Although new to the wing, Col. Troy Daniels, 161st Air Refueling Wing commander, said Padilla’s compassion for people will ring true to the values of the Copperheads.“You are getting an outstanding individual,” said Daniels. “It’s his compassion
0 8/06
2017
Strength through generosity – serving the hungry in our community Strength through generosity – serving the hungry in our community
Supporting the underprivileged by feeding the homeless is a task not taken lightly by members of the 161st Air Refueling Wing food services team. Dedication to duty inspires them to give back to the community by participating in Waste NOT – a perishable food rescue program that feeds millions of people in Phoenix; an effort to ensure that no one
0 8/06
2017
Arizona Air Guardsman’s lifesaving skills tested in foreign country Arizona Air Guardsman’s lifesaving skills tested in foreign country
An Arizona Air National Guardsman provided life sustaining care to a child in medical distress while performing temporary duty here, July 18.Members of the 161st Air Refueling Wing based in Phoenix were driving to a worksite during a Humanitarian Civic Assist mission when they drove by what appeared to be an accident on the side of a busy highway.
0 8/06
2017
Arizona Air National Guard Arizona Airmen build, renovate Georgian orphanages
More than 30 Arizona Air National Guard members from the Phoenix-based 161st Air Refueling Wing spent most of July in Galavani and Tsilkani, Georgia, remodeling and rebuilding two orphanages as part of a Humanitarian and Civic Assist mission coordinated through the Department of State.The Humanitarian and Civic Assistance program is a multipurpose
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2017
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