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  • Ariz. Adjutant General talks leadership philosophy

    Editor's note: The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) welcomed a new director and adjutant general September 9. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael McGuire assumed duties as the state's senior military leader after a 26-year career as an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot in the U.S. Air Force and Arizona Air National Guard. Most
  • From the greenery of Virginia to the desert: 162nd FW welcomes new leader

    A former vice wing commander from the 192nd Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., assumed command of the 162nd Fighter Wing during a ceremony here Nov. 2. Col. Howard "Phil" Purcell replaced Brig. Gen. Michael "Mick" McGuire, the now adjutant general for the Arizona National Guard who was among more than 800 wing airmen and special guests
  • New commander set to lead Arizona F-16 fighter wing

    The Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard announced Oct. 9 a new leader for the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport. Col. Howard "Philip" Purcell will serve as commander of the Arizona Air National Guard's international F-16 Fighting Falcon training wing. Colonel Purcell is currently the vice wing commander of the 192nd
  • Former wing commander to lead statewide as new TAG; looks to future

    The former commander of the 162nd Fighter Wing was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony here Sept. 7, and began his new assignment as the adjutant general (TAG) for the Arizona National Guard Sept. 9 in Phoenix.More than 800 guardsmen, retirees, family and friends were present to witness the promotion of Brig. Gen. Mick McGuire,
  • New vice commander “humbled” with new role

    The largest Air National Guard fighter wing in the United States welcomed its new vice commander on June 1st.In a military career filled with such titles as weapons officer and project/test manager, Lt. Col. Kenneth R. Rosson can now list vice commander as his new position at the 162nd Fighter Wing."I appreciate the support and vote of confidence
  • A MILESTONE IN TUCSON: FORGED ALLIANCE SEALED AS THE 162ND FIGHTER WING GRADUATES ITS FIRST IRAQI PILOTS

    While the Republic of Iraq builds a strong defensive posture in the Middle East as it faces the challenges of securing its new democratic course at home, the 162nd Fighter Wing at the Tucson International Airport graduated two Iraqi air force (IqAF) F-16 pilots June 27. An occasion one would arguably find unimaginable a decade ago, Iraqi government
  • Col. Maxwell: Goodbye to wing but not Arizona

    Col. Edward Maxwell has spent much of his career serving the state of Arizona as well as his country. Although his service with the 162nd Fighter Wing has come to an end, his service to the state continues on. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer selected Maxwell to be the Assistant Adjutant General, Air Commander of the Arizona National Guard, May 29,
  • Guard Bureau selects annual winners; 162nd LRS senior NCO and Airman to receive top awards

    Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Ramirez, Logistics Readiness Squadron quality assurance manager, and Senior Airman Brandon Butler, LRS material handler, were recently announced the 2012 Logistics Readiness Senior NCO and Airman of the Year by the Air National Guard.Ramirez and Butler were selected as top performers amongst over 8800 logistics readiness
  • Klomp Award highlights Dutch, 162nd alliance during demo training

    When the Netherlands Detachment Tucson Arizona (NTDA) here at the 162nd Fighter Wing require a high level of professionalism in supporting their training mission, they count on the Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) in collaboration with the 148th Fighter Squadron to successfully negotiate the challenges of preparing pilots for battle.Once a year,
  • Test center welcomes new commander; praises ‘Total Force Integration’

    An Air Guard command pilot took the reins as commander of the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) at the 162nd Fighter Wing after a change-of-command ceremony here May 3.Col. Matthew J. Manifold replaced Col. Richard J. Dennee, who retired after 30 years of combined military service in the Air Guard and Air Force.In his
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