Guarding America: a family tradition

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  • By Capt. Gabe Johnson
  • 162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
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 is passed from a father to a son, from a brother to a sister, and from one generation to the next, the term Guard Family takes a literal form. 

Since 1956, generations of men and women have passed on Tucson's Guard legacy to relatives. 

Leading generations brought home stories of pride in service, job satisfaction and camaraderie that inspired their loved ones to apply for membership, work hard and pursue similar career paths. 

With more than 1,700 Guardsmen currently assigned to the 162nd and over fifty years of history, it's difficult to account for every member with a relative in the wing. However, to highlight the phenomena of the Guard Family, the handful of families featured here help illustrate the 162nd family tradition of guarding America. 

Guard Families not featured here are encouraged to contact public affairs to schedule a photo; email