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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Arizona Air Guard members: ‘Not on my watch’

    While others celebrate holidays, watch movies, or sleep soundly in bed, few remain here to protect them from those who would threaten peace and security. They have a greater responsibility than most can fathom, but who are “they” and why do they do what they do?Select members of the 161st Air