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  • Barrier testing ensures safety

    The Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing located at the Tucson International Airport performed testing and certification this drill weekend on a barrier designed to stop a military aircraft in case of an emergency.The exercise is performed annually to ensure equipment is ready to prevent a crash and save lives during an emergency situation. An
  • A new star at the 162nd Wing

    Sealing his new rank as an Air National Guard brigadier general, junior enlisted personnel pinned silver stars onto the shoulders of the 162nd Wing Commander during a promotion ceremony Nov. 7 at the Tucson International Airport.Brig. Gen. Phil Purcell accepted his new rank in front of more than 1,000 Airmen and distinguished guests, including Air
  • Weapons-minded warriors converge at 162nd Wing

    Warfighters from throughout the Air Reserve Component (ARC) gathered for the 34th annual ARC Weapons and Tactics Council Oct. 19-23 at the Tucson International Airport and Davis-Monthan AFB, home of the conference hosts Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center, the 162nd Wing, and the 355th Fighter Wing.This year's theme was "Defend
  • Aerospace Control Alert Detachment always ready for action

    The Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at the 162nd Wing in Tucson, Arizona,  maintains the ability to quickly scramble in response to airborne threats in the Southwest United States, as well as proactively defend large gatherings and high profile events. The detachment is geographically separated from the 162nd Wing headquarters, and is instead
  • The Airmen who keep us flying

    The aircraft that protect America's skies do not fly solely on hopes and dreams. Rather, it's the diligence and determination of the 162nd Wing's hard-working maintenance group who keep Arizona's F-16 Falcons in the air.Full-time aircraft maintenance technicians are in high demand, and Guard Airmen have an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities
  • 162nd Airmen participate in first response course

    Members of the Arizona Air National Guard partnered with other agencies for the Counter-CBRN All-Hazard Management Response (CAMR) course and full-scale exercise August 24- 27.The course is designed to provide Airmen with the ability to respond quickly and effectively to a WMD/CBRN attack on or off an installation.During the four-day training
  • Making military members smile

    A local dentist provided complimentary dental services to three members of the 162nd Wing on August 22, 2015.Dr. Jeffrey Roberts from Tucson Spectrum Dentistry belongs to a group of dental offices that offer free services one day a year.  This year Roberts elected to give this opportunity to service members at the 162nd.After contacting Barb Gavre
  • Relationship building by means of the F-16

    America's stars and stripes and Arizona's lone copper star always wave proudly at the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing.But it's the adjacent flags of coalition-partners - from the pacific island-nations of Far East Asia, to the NATO countries of the old Europe and new ones in the Middle-East - that remind Guard Airmen the global reach of
  • Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

    Members of the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7.Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Douglas, Arizona, during a night training mission.  He trained with Air Guard members at Tucson
  • AF recognizes LGBT service members during Pride Month

    The last decade has given way to great change in the military as it marches toward the crumbling walls of discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members."The true genius of America is that America can change," said President Barack Obama. "Change happens because of ordinary people, countless unsung heroes of our
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