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The Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing selected Master Sgt. Livia Almandos as human resource advisor. With over 18 years of service, and an experienced human resource specialist as a federal employee, Almandos’ background supplements the wing staff resources already in place. Almandos began her new role Aug. 8. Wing welcomes new human resource advisor
Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing welcomed Master Sgt. Livia Almandos as the unit’s new human resource advisor, Aug. 8.Almandos comes from the 162nd Wing in Tucson and brings with her over 18 years of experience in services. She is also a full time federal employee working as a human resources specialist at
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2017
Capt. Roderick Higgins recently joined the 161st Air Refueling Wing as the sexual assault response coordinator. The SARC serves as the installation's primary point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care services. Services may begin at the initial report of sexual assault and continue through disposition and resolution of issues related to the victim's health and well-being. New SARC at work for all Copperheads
The unit’s new sexual assault response coordinator brings real-word experience, education and a true desire to help Airmen assigned to the 161st Air Refueling Wing here.Capt. Roderick Higgins, earned a bachelor of business administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master’s of industrial organizational psychology from
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2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan Sheaffer, 161st Air Refueling wing vehicle maintenance apprentice, removes a bolt from a water separator filter on an R-11 refueling truck at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, May 3, 2017. The R-11 truck holds up to 6,000 gallons of fuel and is used to refuel the wing’s KC-135 Stratotankers. It’s not the rank of the Airman, but the leadership within
Air National Guard members often wear different hats of responsibility and leadership. The different skills and experiences from one role enhance the next, even if those roles don’t seem related.  At the 161st Air Refueling Wing here, one vehicle maintenance apprentice wears many hats, both literally and figuratively, enhancing and complimenting
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2017
Staff Sgt. Nichole Jordan (left), aerospace medical technician for the 161st Air Refueling Wing Medical Group, and Master Sgt. Peggy Schmidt (right), a supply supervisor for the 161st Air Refueling Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron, pose in front of a 1947 F-84 Thunderjet aircraft static display, 12 May. In honor of mother’s day, both airmen express their love and appreciation for each other while serving their state and nation. Mom, daughter reflect on Air Guard service
Although set on different paths for military service, Master Sgt. Peggy Schmidt and Staff Sgt. Nichole Jordan experience a unique journey very few Airmen would understand. Characterized by dedication, tradition and ultimately love, their mother-daughter relationship gained the respect of fellow unit members.Although assigned to different units here
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2017
The original patch of the 197th Fighter Squadron, which later became the 161st Air Refueling Wing. Arizona Airmen celebrate 70 years of service, reflect on legacy
What comprises an Air National Guard unit's legacy? Is it the aircraft flown? Is it the missions and contingencies? Is it the patches and symbols that represent the organization? Or is it a combination of all - coalescing into something greater than its individual parts? According to Airmen here, the legacy lives in those who came before, it is
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2016
Capt. Lance Beier, the 161st Air Refueling Wing’s sexual assault response coordinator, looks over his materials in his office. Beier, a former sailor, soldier and police officer, is devoted to helping people. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Tinashe Machona) Copperheads, meet your new SARC
When he was young, Capt. Lance Beier discovered a passion to help people, putting him on a path to serve others as a police officer, a member of the armed forces, and most recently, to serve as the sexual assault response coordinator at the 161st Air Refueling Wing   here.Beier, a 21-year military veteran, is the unit's new SARC; a duty that he
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2016
Col. Randall Inman, 161 MXG commander, presents 161st Maintenance Squadron, Staff Sgt. Matthew St. Onge, crew chief and Staff Sgt. Ancel Miller, electrical environmental specialist, with a certificate to accompany their Air Force Commendation Medals Oct., 2016, 161st Air Refueling Wing, Phoenix. The Airmen were awarded the medal for rescuing a woman after a head-on car accident. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Matkin) Arizona Airmen help save woman, receive Commendation Medal
Two Arizona Air National Guardsmen were awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Oct. 2, for actions performed while deployed from the 161st Air Refueling Wing, Phoenix to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.Members of the 161st Maintenance Squadron, Staff Sgt. Matthew St. Onge, crew chief, and Staff Sgt. Ancel Miller, electrical environmental
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2016
Members of the 161st Air Refueling Wing Color Guard prepare to post the colors during the wing’s change of command ceremony at Phoenix Sky Harbor Air National Guard Base, Dec. 5. The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history, dating back to the 18th century. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Deitloff) A Step Above the Rest
Marching with precision and extreme synchronization, while also looking sharp and crisp, members of the 161st Air Refueling Wing Color Guard represent the Armed Forces with pride and honor.The color guard provides professional military honors for official military and civil ceremonies affiliated with the U.S. Military and state flag. This elite
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2016
Senior Master Sgt. Alex brown, front, leads the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing during a march at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 7, 2014. Brown’s prior experience as military training instructor made him the unit’s resident expert on drill and ceremonies and gave him skills that, he said, helped him graduate from law school. Brown recently passed the Arizona bar exam and fulfilled a personal dream to become an attorney. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Courtney Enos) Former Air Force BMT instructor fulfills dream to practice law
For Senior Master Sgt. Alex Brown, a 20-year Air Force veteran and Arizona Air National Guard member, a life-long calling to practice law set him upon an arduous journey to fulfill a dream. The dream became reality when he passed the Arizona bar exam recently.The newly-minted licensed attorney is currently the material management superintendent for
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2016
Col. Gary Brewer, 161st Air Refueling Wing commander, leads a formation during the first-ever Arizona National Guard Muster, Dec. 7, 2014, at Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix.  Brewer, the 13th officer to lead Arizona's KC-135 Stratotanker unit, will retire from the Air Force Dec. 5 after 26 years of service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Courtney Enos) Wing commander reflects on career, with family focus
He grew up in a military family and eventually served his country in uniform for 26 years. Col. Gary D. Brewer, Jr., commander of the 161st Air Refueling Wing, recently reflected and shared his thoughts on that, a family and on a career - all of which he gained through military service.After nine years in the regular Air Force and 17 in the Arizona
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2015
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