Air Force

January 16, 2014

Air Guardians visit 162nd

Tags:
Senior Airman Jackson Hurd
162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Hollie Hansen)
Lt. Col. Rosson, the 162nd Fighter Wing Vice Commander, explains the unit missions to members of the Air Guardians during a base tour Jan. 11.

Members and guests of the 162nd Air Guardians, an organization consisting of Southern Arizona community and business leaders, participated in a base tour of the 162nd Fighter Wing Jan. 11.

The Air Guardians mission in Southern Arizona is to educate the community about the Air Guard and to support members of the 162nd and their families.

The tour began at the F-16 engine testing facility where Air Guardians experienced the sounds and feelings of a jet engine. Then they sat in the pilot seat for a simulated flight in the simulator. Finally, the Air Guardians set foot on the flight line to engage in a close contact view of several F-16 aircraft take offs and landings.

“This weekend with the Air Guardians was a great opportunity to show our supporters what they are supporting to get them familiar with the missions that we have at the wing and to get them closer to the F-16 training mission,” said Lt. Col. Rosson, the 162nd Fighter Wing Vice Commander and tour guide for the Air Guardians.

President of the Air Guardians, Brian Andrews, said he was thankful for the base tour and explained how the Air Guardians show their support for the unit.

“From the beginning, we have been advocates who support the guard mission and we raise funds through charities to help the Guard members and their families,” said Andrews. “We want to educate our community about the Air Guard and increase our membership to serve those who serve for us.”

The Air Guardians organize fundraisers to assist The Jimmy Jet Foundation, Wright Flight, and The Family Readiness Group along with other charitable organizations to involve the local Tucson community. Through these events, the benefits of the Air Guard and its mission are brought to the attention of potentially new members of the Air Guard and Air Guardians.

“We are making a great effort right now setting up public service announcements to educate the community because we believe that this Air Guard facility is a well-kept secret,” said Andrews. “We know there are people in our community that would be willing to support the mission of the Air Guard if only they knew about our organization.”

Formerly known as the Minuteman Committee, the Air Guardians began their campaign in 1993 as a result of a proposal to remove flight training here at the 162nd. Sheila Widnall, Secretary of the Air Force from 1993 to 1997, visited the unit and recognized the importance of the mission here. Through her influence and support of the mission, the proposal to remove fighter pilot training was eventually revoked and since then, the Air Guardians have continued their work providing support for the 162nd.

“The Air Guard brings the community a sense of security which provides a beneficial mission to Tucson as well as our nation,” said Andrews. “The Air Guardians are willing to serve people that have taken on careers of service and it’s wonderful to see the activities and support our volunteers can provide for them.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DoD

DoD takes steps to aid absentee voters

WASHINGTON – As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, Defense Department officials are taking steps to ensure absentee voting is even easier for service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov. In coordination with the military services and State Department, Absentee Voting Week begins today, aiming to raise awareness and remind voters of important...
 
 

New EPR challenges status quo

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – The enlisted performance report is going to drastically change. These changes seek to combat inflated ratings, which have been a prevalent complaint from Airmen over the years. The change is right around the corner and many Airmen are asking themselves, “How will it affect future promotions, and what can I do...
 
 

55th Rescue Squadron returns home

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu) U.S. Air Force Maj. Stephanie Harley, 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bio Engineering Flight commander, and son welcome home Capt. Colin Harley, 55th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pavehawk pilot, at Davis-Monthan, Oct. 11. Capt. Harley has just returned from a five-month deployment to Afghanistan.
 

 

AF to implement TDY policy changes

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) — Recently, the Air Force started implementing two temporary duty policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations, Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per...
 
 

OPSEC: Everyone’s responsibility

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Everyone who’s been around the military has heard the term Operations Security, or OPSEC, but do they really know what it means? Many people think OPSEC is all about classified information, when the opposite is true; OPSEC targets critical and sensitive unclassified information. OPSEC is a fundamental principle of the Air...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin