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  • Historic MQ-9 flight in Michigan sets stage for integrated, joint fires training at Northern Strike 19

    Photo By 1st Lt. Andrew Layton | MQ-9 Reaper maintenance personnel assigned to the 214th Attack Group, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., celebrate after the MQ-9 makes its initial flight from Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., July 18, 2019. The MQ-9's historic first launch into Michigan's national airspace comes just ahead of the aircraft's participation in exercise Northern Strike 19, the DoD's largest annual joint, reserve component readiness event. Northern Strike is a Joint National Training Center accredited exercise, sponsored by the National Guard Bureau, to provide accessible, readiness-building opportunities for units from all branches of military service to achieve or sustain proficiency in conducting mission command, air, sea, and ground maneuver integration, including the synchronization of fires in a joint, multinational, decisive action, major combat operations environment that is scalable to meet unit resource levels.
  • The Magic Continues

    Airmen and soldiers from the Arizona National Guard attended the My Air Guard Incentive Career, or MAGIC event at Pima Community College West Campus Feb. 10. The event originated in the maintenance group in 2010 when a group of Unit Career Advisors recognized the need to educated airmen on the numerous benefits available to Guardsmen. The event
  • Citizen-Warrior: Military, police work go hand-in-hand for Guard member

    Air Force Staff Sgt. Rodrigo Acosta, a security forces specialist with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing, said he felt fortunate to belong to an Arizona-based unit when he deployed to Kuwait last summer. While others suffered through adjusting to Kuwait's triple-digit temperatures, for Acosta and others from his unit the temps weren't too different from home.
  • Arizona Air National Guard's first European deployment in 31 years

    Airmen from the 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, have wrapped up Exercise Ample Strike 2018 at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, after a 31-year hiatus since their last deployment overseas.
  • Tucson Air National Guard Defenders honored with Air Force-level award

    Last year, the 162nd SFS earned the 2017 Air National Guard’s Outstanding Security Forces Award, and today, squadron leaders are in Norman, Oklahoma, to accept the 2017 United States Air Force Outstanding Security Forces Unit “Air Reserve Component” Award at the Air National Guard Security Forces Conference.
  • Arizona Guard deploys to Czech Republic for Ample Strike 2018

    Ample Strike is an annual Czech Republic-led, live exercise intended to increase proficiency levels for all forward air controllers and joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs), as well as to improve standardization and interoperability among NATO allies and partners.
  • Truax Field fulfills another chapter in Arizona Airman’s life

    Truax Field has a great deal of military history; from being an Active Army Air Base in 1942, to being Truax Air Force Base from 1952 to 1967 and now being a part of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, there is a lot of monumental military culture to be found here. For Senior Master Sgt. Oscar Torres, the fuels small section shop chief at the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Arizona, Truax Field happens to be a unique part of his family history.
  • Mission feature: AGE generates airpower from the ground up

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- The 162nd Maintenance Group dedicates more than eight hundred personnel to keeping the wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons airborne, but for one flight in the 162nd Maintenance Squadron, air superiority starts on the ground. The Aerospace Ground Equipment flight operates by its motto, “There’s no air power without ground power.” Employing
  • Kicking off CrossTell 2018

    Guardsmen from the 141st Air Refueling Wing flew to the western skies of Oregon to support F-16D Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Fighter Wing and F-15A Eagles from the 142nd Fighter Wing participating in Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell 2018, a live-fly training exercise out of the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 24-26.
  • Exposing invisible wounds: a personal story about PTSD and healing

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Technical Sgt. Joshua Brooks landed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, for the first time in January 2010. An airman 1st class at the time, Brooks was eager to be on his first deployment for the Air Force.“I was so excited about going. I was really blue early in my career--really blue,” Brooks said. Brooks, a munitions troop, worked at
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