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  • Photo Feature: Wing Picnic 2010

    Hundreds of 162nd Fighter Wing members, retirees, family members and friends converged on Udall Park in Tucson, Ariz., April 11 for the unit's annual picnic.Click here to see the photo slide show.
  • From the ‘WAF’ to the Guard, a woman reflects on her Air Force career

    March is Women's History Month and a perfect time to honor the women who carved a path for today's female Airmen. Although her military uniform never included a prairie dress or apron, Senior Master Sgt. Brenda West began paving the way more than 36 years ago and is, nonetheless, a pioneer in every respect.Originally enlisted into the Women's Air
  • Air Force celebrates African American History Month

    Each February, the country recognizes African American History Month to highlight the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens during some of the most devastating obstacles in the nation's history -- slavery, prejudice, poverty -- and looks at their contributions to the nation's cultural and political life. This has particular
  • The 162nd Fighter Wing at night

    Pilots brief, crew chiefs launch, airplanes fly, Security Forces protect, aircraft get painted, components are repaired, and firefighters respond - all in a night's work. For the majority of wing members who work day shift it may come as a surprise that the 162nd is often as active at night as it is during the day. While maintenance, fire and
  • NCO volunteers for ‘Tucson Monsoon’ season

    Tucson Monsoon season is approaching and promises to bring a different kind of storm - and it has nothing to do with the weather. In his spare time, Staff Sgt. Michael Holly of the 162nd Fighter Wing here is the assistant coach for the Tucson Monsoon, a women's full-tackle football team and part of the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL).
  • Guardswoman makes history at 162nd

    Keeping the world's most advanced F-16s up and running isn't a "man's" job - but rather a woman's. At the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson Airport a fleet of F-16 Desert Falcon's from the United Arab Emirates Air Force are maintained under the supervision of Senior Master Sgt. Yvonne Shealy, the first woman to take on the
  • Armament flight puts the ‘fight’ in Fighting Falcons

    Air Guardsmen in charge of "alternate" mission equipment, or AME, know their mission is "primary" for the F-16 Fighting Falcons that take off here daily. Airmen at the162nd Armament Flight maintain the F-16's complex matrix of pylons, launchers, adapters and other equipment used to hold bombs and missiles. "Typically what we do is service AME and
  • What life would be like without AGE

    A mighty roar erupts close by; but the area is shrouded from sight. Into the summer sky with a jet blast strong and bold, an F-16 Fighting Falcon climbs quickly above the buildings that once blocked it from view. In stark contrast to the mighty roaring Falcon, the attention now focuses on the quiet and virtually unnoticed building that seemed to
  • Guarding America: a family tradition

    The term Guard Family has two meanings at the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing. In its most common use, it's a term of endearment  alluding to the close bonds of Guardsmen serving side by side, often for several decades; creating a rich personal and professional support network for each member. When the pride of serving in the Guard
  • Confessions of a Super Bowl Journalist

    At Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz., the heavy hitters came out to play. ESPN, FOX News, Sports Illustrated and El Tigre News (that's right... El Tigre), sent their finest journalists to cover one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. Just as the New York Giants were unlikely contenders against the 18-0 New England Patriots, El Tigre was