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Retirees gather for 4th annual White Mountain picnic

Wayne Wright, Maria and Andy Wolfel, and Frank and Betty Maldonado line up for the feast.

Wayne Wright, Maria and Andy Wolfel, and Frank and Betty Maldonado line up for the feast.

Retirees enjoy the weather, food and company at the annual picnic in the White Mountains.  The picnic is open to retired members from Phoenix and Tucson, as well as their family members.

Retirees enjoy the weather, food and company at the annual picnic in the White Mountains. The picnic is open to retired members from Phoenix and Tucson, as well as their family members.

SHOW LOW, Ariz. -- 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, mountain air in the mid 80's. A nice mix of former ANG members from both Tucson and Phoenix units made this a true Arizona ANG event.

Attendees enjoyed a tasty catered Mexican meal and a local musical duo played live background music from years gone by. This set a reminiscent mood for retirees to rekindle old friendships, relive past experiences and enjoy a relaxing afternoon catching up on the current status of old friends.

At the end of the day, the picnic committee and a few volunteers remove decorations and cleaned up the area. As twilight approached the last members departed. Once again, a satisfied group of ANG retirees had spent a memorable day with old friends.

Special thanks go to all who helped organize and create this very special event for our retirees.