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  • Health fair teaches Guardsmen to make smart decisions

    Arizona health care providers gave Guardsmen at the 162nd Fighter Wing hands-on experience with several issues that influence health during a Health and Wellness Fair here Aug. 7. The event organized by the wing's human resources office was the first of its kind at the Tucson-based Guard unit. Its intent was to promote good health among Arizona's
  • Guard pilot's fitness program goes nationwide

    One Arizona fighter pilot is no longer flying solo - at least not in her efforts to make the Air National Guard a fitter force, less prone to death or injury resulting from poor fitness. Maj. Windy Hendrick, an F-16 instructor pilot at the 162nd Fighter Wing, developed the "9G Force Fitness" program locally, but it has drawn national recognition
  • Retirees gather for 4th annual White Mountain picnic

    For the fourth year in a row, on a cloudless June afternoon, about 100 former Air National Guard members, and their families, attended what has become the premier White Mountain ANG Retirees event. The weather was near perfect. While the temperatures in Tucson and Phoenix were well into the 100's the picnic attendees enjoyed cool, pine-scented,
  • Fuel economy for GOVs, POVs

    Whether driving a government vehicle on the job or driving your own vehicle to work, we can all make a positive impact on the amount of fuel we consume. In fact, it's a requirement for all military units. In January 2007, the President issued Executive Order 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management. This
  • Trenching to divert traffic, improve base utilities

    Trenching on base will disrupt traffic here starting mid-August as Communication Flight and Civil Engineering work to improve on-base utilities. During construction, traffic to the east side of the base will enter through the Main Gate and the one-way street in front of the air park will temporarily service two-way traffic. Traffic to the west side
  • Water survival training, a big splash

    If a 162nd Fighter Wing pilot ever has to eject from an aircraft, whether over land or sea, he's prepared to survive thanks to training provided by the wing's Aircrew Flight Equipment. Training was never more rigorous than July 12 when many of the wing's pilots, student pilots and flight surgeons underwent water survival training at the Naval
  • Wing member’s son heads to Air Force Academy

    A 162nd Fighter Wing avionics technician is the proud father of a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet. Master Sgt. Ben Ruiz, recently bid farewell to his eldest son, Erik, 19, who reported to the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 25 to begin his freshman year. Erik's academy appointment is the culmination of years of hard work and represents the
  • A mother, a baby and their wingmen

    When Tech. Sgt. Marina Leyba gave birth to a baby girl last year, her Guard family at the 162nd Fighter Wing sent cards, gifts and well wishes; but this year the wing's support for the new mother runs much deeper. Isabella Milan Leyba Lopez was born March 14, 2007, to Leyba and Mike Lopez. "We call her 'Bella Blue,' because of her beautiful blue
  • New AF advisor arrives on base

    The 162nd Fighter Wing's new Air Force Advisor reported for duty June 17. Lt. Col. John Bobroski hails from Painsville, Ohio. His last assignment was as director of operations for the 13th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan. His callsign "Gabby" is the namesake of the famous World War II fighter ace Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski. "It's a play