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  • Unit defines the word ‘Service’ while wearing several hats

    As unit members work throughout the day the Friday before drill, many of them are probably wishing it was Saturday, so they could eat. This is because of the great smell radiating from the base dining facility. The aroma is being created by a few servicemembers performing an annual training day preparing the food for the coming drill weekend. Last
  • Photo feature: 162nd Fighter Wing ‘Haunted Hangar’ 2008

    The 162nd Fighter Wing celebrated Halloween here Oct. 26 with its annual Haunted Hangar event for wing members and families. The unit's Junior Enlisted Council organized a cake walk; children painted pumpkins grown by Mrs. Mary Moisio, wife of Brig. Gen. Rick Moisio, wing commander; family readiness sponsored a costume contest; teens participated
  • Guard, Reserve warfighters assemble to modernize

    Lieutenants, captains and majors--the warfighters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and defending the homeland--gathered here Oct. 20-24 to tell Guard and Reserve leadership what they need to improve capability in the Air Reserve Component (ARC). Leadership listened. "Modernization" and "integration" were buzzwords at this year's Weapons and Tactics
  • Arizona National Guard Commander set to retire

    After 43 years of distinguished service, The Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard, Maj. Gen. David P. Rataczak, is retiring. He was originally appointed to the post on April 7, 1999 by then Governor Jane Dee Hull. His long and distinguished service includes: -More than nine years as The Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard and
  • AZANG celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    The 162nd Fighter Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard observed National Hispanic Heritage Month through several events here Oct. 3 and 4. Mr. Bill Valenzuela, a prominent businessman and community leader in Southern Arizona, spoke to Guardsmen Oct. 3 in the base auditorium about this month's theme, "Getting Involved: Our Families, Our Community,
  • QA program redirects funds for mission use

    Tech. Sgt. Chris Sabre is, in essence, the unofficial Santa Claus of the 162nd Fighter Wing. His job ensures sections of the base receive "wish list" items that might not otherwise receive funding approval. As the program manager for the base's Repair Enhancement Program (REP), Sergeant Sabre oversees the Quality Assurance program that increases
  • Latino Caucus, JFHQ recognize 162nd Member

    The Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus and Joint Force Headquarters recognized a 162nd Fighter Wing maintenance technician for outstanding volunteerism during a ceremony here, Oct. 1. State Sen. Richard Miranda, D-Phoenix, presented Tech. Sgt. Michael Brizuela a Latino Caucus Award at Arizona National Guard Headquarters in observance of National
  • Snowbird offers desert training for U.S. allies heading to Iraq

    Before leaving the wet grasslands of Northern Ireland for the arid deserts of Iraq, the Royal Air Force's 230 Tiger Squadron will train here as part of Operation Snowbird from Oct. 3 through Oct. 17. The squadron's 60 Airmen brought with them two RAF Puma helicopters from Belfast International Airport for essential training in preparation for their
  • 162nd Fighter Wing Minuteman Committee gathers for fall banquet

    The 162nd Fighter Wing Minuteman Committee held its annual meeting and awards banquet here Sept. 26. The committee, comprised of Southern Arizona community and business leaders, works to assist wing members and their families through fund raising events, and is a strong advocate of the Guard mission in Tucson. Thirty-five Minutemen and their guests