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  • Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to 'close with the enemy'

    The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21.   "The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy."  Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona's Citizen-Soldiers, the men and women
  • 162nd Fighter Wing now 162nd Wing; F-16 schoolhouse embraces new name, new group

    There will still be hush houses, a fire station, an avionics hangar, a dining hall, and the business of the world's premier international F-16 training unit will continue: foreign pilots trained, aircraft maintained, parts supplied, munitions assembled and so forth. Now the wing can add the MQ-1 Predator to its arsenal of military might and air
  • Exercise highlights Arizona’s Emergency Management capabilities

    "In case of emergency, pull handle," seems like an easy task - all one has to do is pull the lever and first responders come to the rescue.  If only all emergencies were that simple. In the event of a major disaster, the response is complex and requires coordination with dozens of agencies. State officials say practice is the key to ensuring a
  • Mayor of Tucson visits the 162nd Fighter Wing

    Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson, visited the Tucson Air National Guard Feb. 7, to tour the 162nd Fighter Wing and learn more about the wing's missions.Col. Phil Purcell, the 162nd Fighter Wing Commander, met the mayor and presented a wing mission brief. Although he has visited before, the mayor never had the opportunity to tour the base.The
  • A new sheriff in town

    Former high school teacher and current Air Guard member Master Sgt. Wendell Jones, a Weapons Safety NCO, recently graduated from the Pima County Sheriff's Department Academy Jan. 24. As one of the newer deputies in Pima County, Jones has dedicated himself to serve the people in the community of Tucson.After teaching Interactive Digital Media and
  • Golf association donates $1,000 to the Family Readiness Office

    Tom Contreras, president of the Quail Creek Veterans Golf Association presented the 162nd Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Phil Purcell with a $1,000 check during a presentation here Jan. 23.Quail Creek, a community 20 miles south of Tucson is home to a championship golf course and seven golf associations. The Quail Creek Veterans Golf Association is a
  • Warm meals, warm hearts; wing members deliver meals to homebound community members

    Fondly referred to as 'Heroes and Angels', volunteers from the 162Fighter Wing deliver meals, and kindness, to homebound individuals in Southern Tucson. Master Sgt. Joe Duyck, lead technician of database management here at the 162FW, has been volunteering with Mobile Meals of Tucson, Inc. for three years. He describes his biggest joy in
  • Air Guardians Visit 162nd

    Members and guests of the 162nd Air Guardians, an organization consisting of Southern Arizona community and business leaders, participated in a base tour of the 162nd Fighter Wing Jan. 11. The Air Guardians mission in Southern Arizona is to educate the community about the Air Guard and to support members of the 162nd and their families. The tour
  • New state command chief emphasizes Air Force, Guard standards

    The Arizona Air National Guard's new command chief master sergeant assumed duties as the state's top enlisted Airman during a formal ceremony here Jan. 11 at Papago Military Reservation. As Arizona's senior enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt. Dan Gutierrez will advise commanders and staff on the effectiveness, training, utilization, health, morale,
  • ANG director visits Tucson Airmen

    The director of the Air National Guard arrived at the Tucson International Airport Thursday, touring facilities and speaking with Airmen from the 162nd Fighter Wing and the 214th Air Reconnaissance Group.Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III's visit to the guard units included attending an annual conference involving weapons and tactics issues for