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  • Getting the vector: tanker aircrews receive life-saving training

    More than 60 Airmen from the Phoenix-based 161st Air Refueling Wing participated in classroom and hands-on water survival training here, May 7.The pilots and boom operators who fly the wing’s eight assigned KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft all over the globe are required to practice what they would do

  • AZ Air Guard, Kazakhstan exchange emergency response concepts

    The 161st Air Refueling Wing hosted a delegation of officers from the Republic of Kazakhstan March 31 to exchange emergency response concepts and further relations as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. The State Partnership Program connects the National Guard in each state with

  • Annual Awards ceremony honors Arizona Guard members

    The 161st Air Refueling Wing held its annual awards ceremony here Sunday, April 2.The award ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond what was asked of them in the past year. Recognized are the unit's Outstanding Airmen of the Year, as well as Airmen who received the federal Meritorious

  • Copper 5, an aircrew never forgotten

    Service Members past and present, families and members of the community joined together to pay their respects during the 35th Annual Copper 5 Memorial, hosted by the Arizona National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing here, Monday.The tragic loss of the Copper 5 crew has stood as a reminder to the

  • Tanker unit enhances suicide intervention skills

    “Are you thinking of committing suicide?” Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training hosted here, March 8 to 9, teaches unit members and civilians how to recognize suicidal tendencies in order to intervene and render aid. The base director of psychological health programs coordinates this workshop

  • JROTC drill competition inspires excellence, path to military service

    The Arizona National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing hosted the 18th Annual West-Mitchell drill meet here, Feb. 18. More than 400 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets represented 20 high schools at this year’s competition. The JROTC units competed in eight different drill categories

  • Top it off: US, Hellenic air forces practice in-flight refueling

    A KC-135 Stratotanker, from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, joined F-16 Fighting Falcons from Aviano Air Base, Italy, and the Hellenic air force to perform in-flight refueling operations during a flying training deployment, Jan. 20 to Feb. 3, 2017, at Souda Bay, Greece.

  • Arizona Air Force components collaborate

    The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command joined forces during a Joint Medical Operational Training Initiative exercise. The bench mark event took place here, Jan 7, at the home of the 161st Air Refueling Wing.The 161 ARW provided a KC-135 aircraft and crew along with transportation

  • Arizona Air Guard base named after Goldwater

    Goldwater Air National Guard Base is officially the new name of the installation formerly known as Phoenix Sky Harbor Air National Guard Base. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey enacted the change during a ceremony here, Dec. 9, to honor one of the Arizona Air National Guard's founding members.In 1946, the

  • Wing kicks off 2016 Combined Federal Campaign

    The 2016 Combined Federal Campaign is in full swing and will remain open for contributions until Dec. 15. This year's theme is, "Show some love."The CFC is the world's largest and most successful workplace giving campaign. Since its creation in 1961 it has raised over $7 billion for charities