Air Force

May 22, 2014

Tucson Mayor jets across Arizona skies

Tags:
Staff Sgt. Heather Davis
162nd Wing Public Affairs
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Dina Farmer
Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson, gets settled into the F-16 Fighting Falcon while Col. Phil Purcell, Commander of the 162nd Wing, waits for the crew chiefs to complete the remainder of aircraft checks, May 3. Rothschild was provided with all the essential training he needed before he was taken up on his orientation flight.

Exhilaration filled the air as Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild soared above the city May 3 in an F-16 Fighting Falcon piloted by Col. Phil Purcell, commander of the 162nd Wing.

“It was a blast,” said Rothschild as he recounted his wild ride. “The aircraft has amazing capability.”

Rothschild visited the wing Saturday to meet Arizona Air Guardsmen and prepare for his orientation flight.

“I’m here at the Air National Guard base today to learn more about the mission and the base, and get a better appreciation for what goes on here,” he said.

Rothschild, a Tucson native, has spent most of his life watching the wing and its mission grow, but never dreamed he would experience it from inside a cockpit.

“It’s a huge community asset,” he said, speaking of the wing. “Every time I visit I gain a greater appreciation for the work being done here.”

Purcell said, “We always enjoy having the Mayor visit our wing and we’re pleased to give him the opportunity for a flight. A strong community partnership is important to us and the continued success of our global missions.”

Rothschild spent his morning with personnel from the aircrew flight equipment office for pre-flight preparations and training. After donning his flight suit and lacing his boots, Maj. Collin Coatney, 162nd director of staff, presented the mayor with honorary name and unit patches adding an array of color to the sage green flight suit.

“It was great to have the Mayor come out and get a taste of what we do here at the 162nd,” said Coatney.

Pre-flight preparations included training in a mock cockpit and on a parachute simulator to learn the various equipment functions and safety procedures.

Tech. Sgt. Kristopher Joyce, a member of the aircrew flight equipment team and Rothschild’s lead instructor throughout the morning, recounted his F-16 flight experience as he helped Rothschild maneuver the simulated parachute during training.

“You’re going to see the city of Tucson from a whole new light,” said Joyce.




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


 
 

 

Free Tax Services available on Davis-Monthan AFB

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center opened its doors today for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Public Health personnel. There are 35 volunteers at the VITA office to include 27 tax preparers with the ability to conduct 10 appointments at a time. “The volunteers here are IRS certified tax preparers,” according to Skip...
 
 

Just American: A century of Black life

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted Harvard-trained historian Carter Woodson....
 
 

Local Briefs February 27, 2015

Scholarship applications available Davis-Monthan Officer’s Spouses’ Club and the Enlisted Spouses Association are accepting scholarship applications from  Military Dependents who are: -Spouses pursuing an Undergraduate or graduate degree -Graduating High School Seniors Application packets are available at: Davis-Monthan Thrift Shop, Airman and Family Readiness Center, School Liaison Office...
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)

D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities...
 
 

Defeating “Monster Mouth”

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Airman Jessika Silva-Gomez, 355th Dental Squadron dental assistant, helps a child sort out foods that are beneficial to dental hygiene during a presentation at the Finley Child Development Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Feb. 24. Personnel from the 355th DS provided examples of proper...
 
 

Why Air Force Smart Operations – or AFSO?

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, TEXAS — Confucius once said that in order for a man to move a mountain he must first begin by carrying away its small stones. Now, if one is to imagine the Air Force as that giant mountain, how does an Airman begin trying to move it? That is,...
 




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