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  • Taking care of people earns the spotlight

    It is common to see a first sergeant spotlight the accomplishments of outstanding Airmen while remaining in the shadows, but this time the spotlight is on the Arizona National Guard's Senior Master Sgt. Jack Minaya as the Air National Guard's Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year.Minaya was selected for this honor among all other Air National
  • Recycled oil shifts gears

    Your car could be running on recycled F-16 oil.At the 162nd Wing, all of the used oil from aircraft maintenance operations is collected and recycled. Yes, recycled.Just like in your car, aircraft need oil. It helps lubricate, cool, clean, seal and generally protect the parts and engine from corrosion. This oil is critically important to the health
  • 162nd Dining Facilty Goes for Green

    The 162nd Services Flight at the wing's dining facility here rolled out a new initiative known as the "Go for Green" program over the Unit Training Assembly weekend. The purpose of the program is to help Airmen distinguish healthy food choices from less healthy choices.Also known as the "G4G," the initiative was created by the Department of Defense
  • Director of the Air National Guard visits with Arizona Guardsmen

    The director of the Air National Guard paid a visit to the 162nd Wing located at the Tucson International Airport, June 29-30, meeting with Airmen and recognizing outstanding accomplishments.The visit is the first to the wing for Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice since he took on the duties as the director of more than 100,000 Guard members and civilians in
  • 214th RG bolts toward future with new commander

    A former vice commander for the 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force in Afghanistan assumed command of the 214th Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base July 9.Col. James Thompson, an Arizona native who returns home after 22 years of active duty service, took over from Lt. Col. Brian Grasky, who served as the interim commander for the
  • 162nd Wing welcomes new honorary commander

    Over the July unit training assembly, the 162nd Wing welcomed its newest honorary commander, Ron Garan.Garan is the chief pilot at World View, a Tucson-based company that plans to offer commercial flight via balloon near the edge of space. Garan is partnered with the vice wing commander, Col. Keith Colmer, who did not previously have an associated
  • “Fight’s On” with the total package

    The Total Force Training Center, a 162nd Wing detachment based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, is in the customer service business, and business is good.Since last October, the center has facilitated training for 1,533 military personnel from 15 separate units across the joint force - all seeking to improve their warfighting skills before they
  • Maj. Gen. Donald E. Morris: Founder of Tucson's Air Guard, dies at 92

    Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Donald E. Morris, 92, died Tuesday, June 7. He is survived by his wife Cherie, two children, two grandchildren, five great grandchildren as he leaves behind one of Arizona's greatest military legacies.The Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing, owes its modern-day success and mission capability to Morris, the unit's
  • 162nd Wing Recognizes Year's Finest

    The 162nd Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard recognized its annual award winners from 2015 in a ceremony at the Tucson International Airport June 5.The ceremony recognized outstanding individuals and teams that contributed to the state and nation.Maj. Gen. Edward P. Maxwell, commander of the Arizona Air National Guard, presided over the
  • 162nd Wing celebrates 60 years; a military legacy continues

    On any given day, F-16 Fighting Falcons zip through the southern Arizona skies - their pilots perfecting their skills - showcasing military readiness thousands of feet above the desert.It's a reoccurring scene similar to what an observer might have experienced in 1956 - the birth year of what is now the 162nd Wing - when the F-86A Sabre and the