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  • Airman’s drive leads to running Boston Marathon

    Excellence runs deep at the 161st Air Refueling Wing here, and recently a member the unit made their way to Boston to participate in the city’s world-renowned marathon event.
  • AZ Guardsman inspires greatness in youth through 'Hoop Code Basketball Academy'

    Christmas is a time for giving and one Airman has demonstrated an unwavering desire to mentor the youth in his community, in an effort to unlock their potential for greatness. Tech. Sgt. Brandon Godfrey, a 10-year veteran and Arizona Air Guardsman, provides life skills to the youth and helps the underprivileged.Hoop Code Basketball Academy teaches
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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