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  • The Magic Continues

    Airmen and soldiers from the Arizona National Guard attended the My Air Guard Incentive Career, or MAGIC event at Pima Community College West Campus Feb. 10. The event originated in the maintenance group in 2010 when a group of Unit Career Advisors recognized the need to educated airmen on the numerous benefits available to Guardsmen. The event
  • Citizen-Warrior: Military, police work go hand-in-hand for Guard member

    Air Force Staff Sgt. Rodrigo Acosta, a security forces specialist with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing, said he felt fortunate to belong to an Arizona-based unit when he deployed to Kuwait last summer. While others suffered through adjusting to Kuwait's triple-digit temperatures, for Acosta and others from his unit the temps weren't too different from home.
  • Arizona Air National Guard's first European deployment in 31 years

    Airmen from the 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, have wrapped up Exercise Ample Strike 2018 at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, after a 31-year hiatus since their last deployment overseas.
  • Tucson Air National Guard Defenders honored with Air Force-level award

    Last year, the 162nd SFS earned the 2017 Air National Guard’s Outstanding Security Forces Award, and today, squadron leaders are in Norman, Oklahoma, to accept the 2017 United States Air Force Outstanding Security Forces Unit “Air Reserve Component” Award at the Air National Guard Security Forces Conference.
  • Arizona Guard deploys to Czech Republic for Ample Strike 2018

    Ample Strike is an annual Czech Republic-led, live exercise intended to increase proficiency levels for all forward air controllers and joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs), as well as to improve standardization and interoperability among NATO allies and partners.
  • Truax Field fulfills another chapter in Arizona Airman’s life

    Truax Field has a great deal of military history; from being an Active Army Air Base in 1942, to being Truax Air Force Base from 1952 to 1967 and now being a part of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, there is a lot of monumental military culture to be found here. For Senior Master Sgt. Oscar Torres, the fuels small section shop chief at the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Arizona, Truax Field happens to be a unique part of his family history.
  • Mission feature: AGE generates airpower from the ground up

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- The 162nd Maintenance Group dedicates more than eight hundred personnel to keeping the wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons airborne, but for one flight in the 162nd Maintenance Squadron, air superiority starts on the ground. The Aerospace Ground Equipment flight operates by its motto, “There’s no air power without ground power.” Employing
  • Exposing invisible wounds: a personal story about PTSD and healing

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Technical Sgt. Joshua Brooks landed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, for the first time in January 2010. An airman 1st class at the time, Brooks was eager to be on his first deployment for the Air Force.“I was so excited about going. I was really blue early in my career--really blue,” Brooks said. Brooks, a munitions troop, worked at
  • Local climate survey measures wing’s performance, offers feedback

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Members of the 162nd Wing expressed an overall favorable outlook of the organization’s effectiveness and culture through the recent climate survey, but they did cite the need for improvement in areas like communication and feedback. “I am proud to see that the 162nd Wing team has such high esteem for our collective performance and
  • Female bodybuilding duo strengthens family bond

    In 1980, Rachel McLish won the first Ms. Olympia contest held by the International Federation of Bodybuilders in Philadelphia.Bodybuilders must be disciplined both mentally and physically to achieve the results desired for competition.For Staff Sgt. Anna Solis, with Security Forces with the 162nd Wing here, her participation in the Natural Physique