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  • CFC-Join the 2018 Giving Campaign

       Official solicitation period is September 10, 2018 - January 11, 2019CFC official web site: https://www.desertsouthwestcfc.org/Instructions on how to create an account can be found here: CFC Giving Portal Guide.pdf.pdf                                                
  • AZ ANG Defenders Partner with IL ANG for Tactics Training

    Members of the 161st Security Forces Squadron from Goldwater Air National Guard Base in Phoenix ventured out to Camp San Luis Obispo in central California to participate in an annual training exercise alongside three other Air National Guard units from Arizona and Illinois, July 30 to Aug. 9, 2017.
  • Partnership facilitates exchange of ideas, bettering US and Kazakhstan forces

    The exchange of ideas and knowledge can better individuals and organizations – even organizations as large as a country’s military. For this reason, the State Partnership Program was created and that’s why the 161st Air Refueling Wing recently traveled to Kazakhstan.The State Partnership Program began in 1993 between the United States and the newly
  • Mother’s prayers for protection from above answered by KC-135, A-10

    “He’s back safe from his mission,” read the text as she glanced at her phone. For U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Maria Breceda, the 161st Air refueling Wing’s administrative assistant, it was a brief moment of relief not unlike others she had experienced over the last nine months of her second-oldest son’s deployment to Afghanistan as an airborne
  • 161 ARW Airman Wins Top Accolades at ALS

    A 161st Air Refueling Wing maintenance airman was recently presented with the John Levitow Award, the highest award a graduate of Airman Leadership School can receive; considered a foreshadowing of excellent future leadership.
  • AZ Guard Airmen train to operate patient decontamination station

    A community’s ability to cope with a mass casualty event depends on the capabilities of its first responders and public health professionals to handle a sudden surge in demand of patients with resource-intensive and specialized medical needs. For the members of the 161st Air Refueling Wing’s Medical Group, their ability to respond and support an impacted community is a responsibility they do not take lightly.
  • AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

    Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, conduct an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   The 15-day training mission is an annual requirement for the Arizona Air National Guard unit, however, training overseas with an
  • Cargo Pallet Preparation Training

    Staff Sgt. Zachary Milne and Staff Sgt. Joshua, aircrew flight equipment technicians with the 161st Air Refueling Wing, secure cargo netting to a pallet during a cargo pallet preparation class at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, June 3, 2018. Properly securing cargo netting and load straps insure that cargo does not shift while being transported.
  • 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
  • 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