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  • Holocaust survivor visits 162nd FW

    She spoke softly, her English fragmented by a crisp Polish accent as she told of her torn youth. Sorrow blanketed the audience, the impact of her words bringing shock, anger and a few tears. She spoke with purpose, her words calm but filled with horrific visions of cruel injustices. Her message - remember the atrocities of our past to prevent the
  • Tucson triplets join a new, extended family: The Air National Guard

    Triplets do many things together, but not too many can say they joined the military at the same time.In what was a first of its kind event at the 162nd Fighter Wing, the Aubuchons - composed of Adrianna, Andrew and Christopher - took their oath of enlistment at the air park here April 6."Their attitude toward service reflects prominently in their
  • 162nd Fighter Wing personnel assist with Tucson's Festival of Books

    162nd Fighter Wing recruiters and student flight members participated in Tucson's annual Festival of Books March 9 and 10 at the University of Arizona.Tech. Sgts. James Wright, Valerie Fortina and Andy Lorenz, recruiters at the wing, manned a booth at the festival greeting future recruits, shaking the hands of past generation service members and
  • Wing visited by retired command chief

    Retired Command Chief Master Sgt. Richard Smith, 9th Command Chief of the Air National Guard, visited the 162nd Fighter wing here, March 9 to speak with enlisted leadership about the sequestration and its effects on wing personnel.Chief Master Sgt. Gilbert Quiroz, a member of the 162nd Communications Flight, attended the meeting and found it very
  • Excellence In All They Do: AZANG Recognizes Outstanding Airmen

    There may have been no stream of paparazzi lining a red carpet at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa, but the Arizona Air National Guard's own stars showed up in their service and mess dress uniforms at the 2013 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet (OAY) award ceremonies here March 9.All the Arizona Air Guard's units - from the
  • FORCE PROTECTION (Combating Human Trafficking)

    Human trafficking is the second-largest source of revenue for criminal enterprises, and it's a growing criminal enterprise that generates roughly $32 billion per year worldwide.The definition of Trafficking in Persons or "TIP" is: A modern day form of slavery while harboring, transportation, providing or obtaining a person for the purpose of
  • From Wings to Water - Visiting Pilot Competes in International Sailing Competition

    Royal Netherlands Air Force Lt. Col. Maurits Schonk will be competing in the Gaastra 52 World Championship regatta off South Beach in Miami, Fla., taking place March 4-9. Known to many at the 162nd Fighter Wing by his call sign, "Skunk," Lt. Col. Schonk is a lifelong sailor, "I started doing small regattas in a small dinghy when I was six. I became
  • 'Citizen Soldier' to compete in local MMA championship fight

    The first thing I noticed was the cut above his left eye and the puffiness that gave it an askew appearance. "Yo, Adrienne!" came to mind, but I pushed the thought away, shook his swollen hand and offered a somewhat apologetic smile. Tech. Sgt. Michael Parker, an F-16 jet engine mechanic at the 162nd Fighter Wing here, is also a professional mixed
  • 'Birdies for the Brave' Honors Local Military at Accenture Match Play

    Professional golfers in the 2013 Accenture Match Play Championship took time to honor local military members here today as Air and Army National Guardsmen in uniform lined the walkway to the 1st tee before the beginning of play Feb. 22 at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. "We're proud to represent the military here today, and proud to
  • From combat boots to cowboy boots

    The young woman bespoke 'cowgirl' the instant I saw her, from her plaid western shirt to her dusty boots that were half covered by her Wrangler jeans. As she turned, her brilliantly sweet smile radiated warmth and the kind of gracious elegance one would expect in rodeo royalty.Few individuals readily exchange their combat boots for cowboy boots,