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  • Copperheads to promote safety, non-violence as ‘Green Dots’

    Airmen at the 161st Air Refueling Wing here will soon become "Green Dots" - people trained to identify potential interpersonal violence and intervene in a variety of ways.In May, 12 members of the wing participated in Green Dot instructor training, a course designed to spread an anti-violence

  • Arizona Air Guard inaugurates Center for Enlisted Leadership and Learning

    The 161st Air Refueling Wing commemorated the official opening of the base's new Center for Enlisted Leadership and Learning with a ribbon cutting ceremony here May 2.The CELL is so named as it is intended to be a cell, or offshoot, of the U.S. Air Force Profession of Arms Center of Excellence. It

  • AZ Guard’s top marksmen become 2016’s governor’s dozen

    The Arizona Army National Guard's Small Arms Training Branch hosted the Adjutant General's shooting competition at the Florence Military Reservation, Apr. 7-10.This four day, eight event shooting competition featured 67 Guardsmen from the Arizona Army and Air National Guard. The top 12 shooters were

  • Arizona Airmen answer call to help fellow tanker unit

    On a busy unit training assembly weekend in March, filled with an annual award ceremony and family day activities, a group of Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing here worked behind the scenes to help a group of stranded Alaska Air Guardsmen return home.The 161st was asked to send a maintenance

  • Awards ceremony honors Arizona Guard members

    The 161st Air Refueling Wing held its annual awards ceremony here Sunday, March 6.The ceremony recognized the contributions of Arizona Air National Guard members to the state and nation. Maj. Gen. Edward Maxwell, commander of the Arizona Air National Guard, presided over the ceremony.Distinguished

  • Raising kids and mentoring Airmen – an Air Guardsman’s legacy

    Serving in the Air National Guard means something different to everyone. For some, it adds meaning to life. To others, it is a source of honor. For one sheet metal fabrication mechanic assigned to the 161st Air Refueling Wing here, serving provides a sense of purpose outside of normal daily

  • Cadet performances inspire at 17th annual West-Mitchell drill meet

    Canyon Springs High School won the overall championship title during the 17th annual West-Mitchell Invitational Drill Meet hosted by the 161st Air Refueling Wing here Feb. 20.The annual contest included more than 400 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from 20 high schools competing in

  • Chief inspires through a career of selfless service to community

    The desire to serve can become addictive and for a select few, the drive to satisfy this calling is a never ending task. This is the fiber that makes up Chief Master Sgt. Barbara Alexander, force support manager for the Arizona Air National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters.Although her career

  • Chaplain highlights passion for serving others

    Very few Airmen at the Arizona Air National Guard's 161st Air Refueling Wing are charged with a duty to promote spirituality, religious freedom and member morale - they are the wing's chaplain staff. For one chaplain, her duty is tied to an unflinching determination for pastoral care.Chaplain

  • ANG Security Forces Award individual winners named

    The Director of the Air National Guard recently announced the 2015 Air National Guard Security Forces Award individual winners.The awards seek to recognize the outstanding achievements of individual security forces Airmen across the ANG who rose above their peers and raised their performance to new