Photo by James Haseltine, HIGH-G Productions
Contents El Tigre
October - November - December
On the cover...
Command Section 3
Predator Unit AFOUA 5
UCI Preparation 6
Hispanic Heritage Month 6
UAE’s first Red Flag People
4 11-13 PHAs go online 7
Top P e r f or m e r s 8
CFC kicks off 10
CCCAF Degrees 10
ESGR tips 16
AZ-Kazakh partnership 20
WEPTAC returns 21
Retiree news 22
News briefs 23-25
The wing at night... Web News
U TA M e n u s 26
14 18 2010 UTA Schedule 27
El Tigre 162nd FW Editorial Staff
El Tigre, the official newsletter of the 162nd The editorial content is edited, prepared and Commander.................. Col. Gregory N. Stroud
Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, provided by the Public Affairs office of the Chief of Public Affairs........ Maj. Gabe Johnson
is published quarterly for unit members, 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson International
Deputy Public Affairs Chief...Capt. Dan Dodson
retirees, family members and civic military Airport, Ariz. All photos are Air National Guard
support groups in the community. Contents of
Public Affairs Officer...........2nd Lt. Angela Walz
photographs unless otherwise indicated.
El Tigre are not necessarily the official views NCOIC...................Tech. Sgt. Desiree Twombly
162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Staff Writer .................. Staff Sgt. Jordan Jones
of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the 1650 E Perimeter Way, Tucson, AZ 85706
Department of Defense, the Department of (520) 295-6192, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer ...............Master Sgt. Dave Neve
the Air Force or the National Guard. Visit: 162fw.ang.af.mil or 162fw.com
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Pass on what you know, find out the things you don’t
Initial feedback from program
by Col. Greg Stroud participants has been emphatically
Commander positive. I promise you that being
a mentor or a protégé will not feel
like an additional duty. You’ll feel
Who is your mentor? Who is your rewarded by the experience of
protégé? investing in yourself and in oth-
I would like all wing members to ers.
be able to answer those questions It can be so simple.
and be able to say in all honesty that For potential mentors – listen
they foster those relationships. The carefully and ask questions. Reach
future growth and leadership of this out to junior officers and Airmen.
wing depends on it. Determine what your protégé’s
Our next generation of supervi- goals and objectives are. Utilize the
sors, chiefs and commanders is Individual Development Plan avail-
already here. They’re out there able on the 162nd Web site.
maintaining aircraft, securing the More importantly, spend qual-
base, managing programs and mak- ity time with your protégé to guide
ing the mission happen. Through them and share your experience and
mentorship we can ensure they are knowledge.
ready for the tasks that lie ahead. Colonel Stroud You’ll be surprised at how they
Long before “developing Airmen” will come back to you for guidance
became an Air Force core compe- from commanders, the command when they know you are approach-
tency, the 162nd Fighter Wing had a chief, first sergeants and participants, able and that you care.
great tradition of leadership. It hap- changes were made to improve For potential protégés – be
pens here every day. Commanders access to program information and clear about your goals. Utilize the
are communicating a vision for resources. Individual Development Plan and
their units, supervisors are teaching First, each squadron now has an evaluate your strengths and weak-
new skills to their juniors and young assigned mentor coordinator. The nesses. Establish goals for improve-
people are speaking up and asking mentor coordinator is available to ment and be open to honest and
good questions to better themselves advise and guide fellow unit mem- constructive feedback. Have a desire
and the unit. bers through the mentor program. to improve yourself and genuinely
But I am talking about mentor- Second, a “Mentor Program consider the advice you’re given.
ship; deliberate and voluntary rela- Resources” corner is now located You too will be surprised at how
tionships that are broad in scope and on the wing’s public Web site, on the much you can learn and what a men-
not narrowly focused on a new skill bottom left side of the “Resources” tor can offer.
or a means to get promoted. page. There you can find links to Keep in mind that your mentor
Mentorship provides leadership, information, articles and forms or protégé does not have to be your
career and personal development including the Mentor 101 pamphlet, supervisor or subordinate. As long
for our Airmen, and it gives leaders the Mentor Program Participation as you respect the chain of com-
an opportunity to pass on principles, Request form and a listing of squad- mand, it could be someone from
traditions, shared values and lessons ron mentor coordinators. outside your shop – from outside
learned. Lastly, quarterly mentor “Meet your career field. And you don’t have
Every member of the 162nd and Greet” luncheons are being to be limited to just one.
Fighter Wing is encouraged to organized by squadron mentor I truly believe in mentoring as a
participate in the wing’s mentor coordinators. These luncheons will leadership strategy. It will help us
program, whether formally or infor- give the coordinators an opportunity develop our future leaders, it will
mally, and take advantage of any to share ideas, training information help us retain the best people, and
and all resources available. and resources for the benefit of it will give people a sense of where
Recently the program has been squadron leadership, mentors and they fit in the wing and how what
revived; and, after receiving input protégés. they do makes a difference.
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News El Tigre
UAE air force participates in first Red Flag
reunite with their former instruc- The Emiratis took on Red Flag
by Maj. Gabe Johnson tors. Arizona Guardsmen have flying their Tucson-based fighters.
Public Affairs trained UAE fighter pilots for the “The block 60 is similar to earlier
last eight years, five years in UAE versions of the F-16 in that it flies
aircraft. Currently, the wing’s 148th the same, but in terms of capa-
Fighter Squadron is the only squad- bilities it’s more advanced,” said
United Arab Emirates air force pi- ron of UAE-owned F-16E Desert Lt. Col. Mick McGuire, the 148th
lots and maintainers participated Falcons, or block 60s, in the United Fighter Squadron commander.
in a Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air States. The F-16E’s most notable char-
Force Base, Nev., for the first time “It was great to welcome back acteristics include conformal fuel
Aug. 22 through Sept. 5. our friends from the UAE, some tanks mounted on the top of its
The UAE airmen spent the previ- of whom we haven’t seen for a fuselage, digital color screens in
ous two weeks at the Arizona Air while,” said Col. Greg Stroud, the the cockpit and a powerful engine
National Guard’s 162nd Fighter 162nd wing commander. “It’s really to compensate for the jet’s increase
Wing at Tucson International rewarding for us to see how they’ve in weight.
Airport preparing for the advanced developed as pilots and we’re proud “It’s typically called a generation
training exercise that exposes U.S. to see them participate in their 4.5 fighter, not quite at the level of
and partner nation air force units first Red Flag. It’s historic for the the 5th generation F-22 (Raptor) or
to challenging and realistic aerial Emiratis to go to Red Flag for the F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter), but its
combat scenarios. first time, and our wing gets to share avionics, thrust and fuel capacity
For the Emirati pilots, the prepa- the importance of this milestone make it a very formidable fighter,”
ration in Tucson was a chance to since we’ve been training them from Colonel McGuire said. “They
get familiar with U.S. airspace and the beginning. They’re ready.” should do very well at Red Flag and
return to the UAE having learned
A United Arab Emirates F-16E many good lessons from the experi-
Desert Falcon, block 60, takes ence.”
off from Tucson International Red Flag, designed to push the
Airport while a documentary limits of a pilot’s skill regardless
film crew captures the moment of aircraft capability, will further
Aug. 12. Recognizing the build upon the military-to-military
historic significance of their relationship originally fostered in
first Red Flag, the UAE Arizona.
government commissioned a According to Colonel Stroud,
production company to follow Red Flag and the basic F-16 course
pilots and maintainers through taught at the 162nd play important
the experience. roles in making the United Arab
Emirates air force as capable as it
The Tucson wing currently has
nine Emirati student pilots in its
basic course. They will graduate
after nine months as mission quali-
fied F-16 pilots and could be among
future cadres of UAE pilots to visit
Red Flag in years to come.
“They’re getting world-class
training and, for us, it gives us the
opportunity to fly a generation 4.5
F-16 and see what the future may
hold for the next U.S. fighter,”
Photo by Capt. Dan Dodson
Colonel Stroud said.
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Arizona Predator unit receives Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
by Capt. Dan Dodson
DAVIS–MONTHAN AIR FORCE
BASE, Ariz. – The Arizona Air
National Guard’s 214th Reconnais-
sance Group, an MQ-1B Predator
unit that flies combat missions over
Iraq and Afghanistan via satellite
from Tucson, Ariz., was awarded Army Maj. Gen.
the Air Force Outstanding Unit Hugo E. Salazar
Award here Aug. 8. (left), the Adjutant
Army Maj. Gen. Hugo E. Salazar, General and
the Adjutant General and command- commanding
ing general of the Arizona National general of the
Guard, presented the award ribbon Arizona National
and citation to Col. Gregg Davies, Guard, presents
the group commander, during a the Air Force
ceremony before unit members and Outstanding Unit
community leaders at the Mirage Award citation
Club. to Col. Gregg
“When I talk to people about Davies, 214th
what this unit does, most of the time Reconnaissance
Photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Elliott
they are very surprised and amazed Group commander.
that we are flying combat orbits Airman First Class Samantha Field, the most junior member of the
in Afghanistan and Iraq from the unit, served as the guideon bearer.
Tucson area. It is very impressive,”
said General Salazar. “We are here to serve, and we are sets it apart from similar units. The
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords absolutely honored to help defend award criteria includes performance
(D-Ariz.) also addressed the unit our troops over there in Afghanistan of exceptionally meritorious service,
members in light of their achieve- and Iraq,” said Colonel Davies. accomplishment of a specific out-
ment. The unit, which formally activated standing achievement of national
“This award will serve as a symbol July 31, 2007, earned the award for or international significance, combat
of your resolve as a unit, and your flying more than 17,000 hours to sup- operations against an armed enemy
contributions to victory in both Iraq port Operations Iraqi and Enduring of the U.S., or military operations
and Afghanistan. This award will Freedom. During continuous fly- involving conflict with or exposure
also serve as a reminder to those ing operations, the group supplied to hostile actions by an opposing
who question the need for continued over 14,000 hours of video footage foreign force.
air dominance that we must have to commanders and troops on the “We are the only Predator Guard
in controlling the airspace over a ground and fired 47 Hellfire missiles unit that started from scratch,” said
battlefield,” said Congresswoman to protect American servicemembers Colonel Davies. “And we’ve had
Giffords. from improvised explosive devices tremendous support from our host,
More than 100 Guardsmen and other insurgent activity. the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-
assigned to the 214th support or fly The Air Force Outstanding Unit Monthan Air Force Base, and our
the medium-altitude, long-endur- Award is awarded by the Secretary sister unit, the 162nd Fighter Wing
ance, remotely-piloted aircraft to of the Air Force to units which at Tucson International Airport.
perform interdiction and conduct have distinguished themselves by We thank them for all they’ve done
armed reconnaissance against criti- exceptionally meritorious service or and we wouldn’t be here without
cal, enemy targets. outstanding achievement that clearly them.”
Fall 2009 162fw.ang.af.mil Page 5
Commentary El Tigre
UCI preparation is everyone’s business
compliance or have not answered It is still the main responsibility of
by Lt. Col. John Bobroski certain questions. We need to have each subordinate section to ensure
Air Force Advisor responses in all checklist items in the that their part is up to standards.
self inspection database. Everyone realizes that people
Each response should describe have several additional duties, but
It’s time to “step it up” in prepara- how you are in compliance and it is time to bear down and ensure
tion for the Unit Compliance In- where the documentation is kept. compliance.
spection (UCI) coming in March This will make it very easy for an Being a Guard family we tend to
2010. inspector to determine if you are in call each other by first names or call-
The wing deliberately started off compliance. signs, but we still conduct ourselves
with only higher level leadership, If you can easily show the inspec- in a professional matter.
group commanders, taking a look at tor where documents are kept or how Starting now, we need to get in the
programs to identify any limitating you do your job, the less they will habit of calling each other by rank
factors or shortfalls we would have dig. If you have many areas that are and last name.
for the UCI. This started about one not in compliance or do not have This is not to offend anyone, but
year out from the UCI. answers, the inspector will dig and practicing the prescribed customs
About nine months out, we started dig to find out how bad it is. and courtesies now, before the AETC
to involve squadron commanders in The self inspection database also IG team arrives, we can eliminate
programs. creates continuity for anyone to do any perceptions that we do not have
Now at five months prior to the your job. professional working relationships.
UCI, we expect to have flight com- Program management (PM) will I have no doubt that we will earn
manders and section chiefs involved be a high emphasis item in the no less than an Excellent rating in the
in all programs. UCI. UCI. Remember the last couple of
Self inspection checklists com- We have identified wing PM inspection results? Our wing earned
pleted in June are only a start to points of contact. These folks will “Outstanding” ratings in both the
ensuring we are compliant with all start to perform staff assistance vis- HSI and the ESOHCAMP. Let’s con-
regulations and directives. its on their subordinate sections to tinue the trend and earn the first ever
Some sections in the wing are still determine if the wing as a whole is UCI overall “Outstanding” because
showing areas where they are not in compliant. we are an outstanding unit.
Hispanic Heritage Month - a brief education
of independence for five Latin Hispanic and Latino Americans
by Maj. Sandy Wilson American countries—Costa Rica, have made many distinguished con-
Wing Equal Opportunity Office El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, tributions to the United States in all
and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico major fields. They have participated
declared its independence on in the US military and in every major
National Hispanic Heritage Month September 16 and Chile on September military conflict from the American
is a time for Americans to educate 18. This year’s theme is “Embrace Revolution onward, being the first to
themselves about the influence His- the fierce urgency of now!” die, in some cases. As of July 2007,
panic culture has had on our soci- The term Hispanic, as defined 43 Hispanics and Latinos had been
ety. by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers awarded the nation’s highest military
On September 17, 1968, President to Spanish-speaking people in the distinction, the Congressional Medal
Lyndon B. Johnson designated a United States of any race. On the 2000 of Honor.
week in mid–September as National Census form, people of Spanish/ Hispanics and Latinos have not
Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, Hispanic/Latino origin could iden- only distinguished themselves in the
President Ronald Regan extended tify themselves as Mexican, Puerto battlefields, but are also reaching
that week to a month–long obser- Rican, Cuban, or “other Spanish/ the highest echelons of the military,
vance. Hispanic/Latino” but many national serving their country in sensitive
Hispanic Heritage Month begins origins make up our U.S. Hispanics/ leadership positions on domestic and
on September 15, the anniversary Latinos. foreign shores.
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Preventive Health Assessment process moves online
need to be addressed more aggressively.
by Master Sgt. Tracey Jorgensen The WebHA will identify areas of risk that a provider
Medical Group may decide requires further information or assessment.
This information can be used as a population health
tool to identify systemic health patterns and trends that
The Air Force is once again leveraging technology as members might have manifested.
a means of ensuring a medically ready fighting force. WebHA meets the Defense Information Technology
An important part of medical readiness is the Security Certification and Accreditation Process
Preventive Health Assessment (PHA), which every Requirements. This means that members will need to
Airman must complete once a year. In the past this has access the Air Force Portal and fill out their WebHA
involved a visit to the Medical Group (MDG) and an from that mechanism.
interview with a medical technician. Wing members will be contacted two months prior
While critically important, this process has always to their birth month, by the Force Health Management
been costly in terms of the man-hours required for Office, to log onto the Air Force Portal and fill out the
both the medical technician and the WebHA.
Airman, especially since most inter- After completing the question-
views did not result in the need for naire, the patient will be notified
a visit with a provider. Advances by letter from the MDG of the
in technology are now allow- requirements that need to be
ing the 162nd to accomplish the completed for that year.
same goals, but without a visit to Annual requirements will be
the MDG. dental and WebHA. Unit mem-
Starting in November the inter- bers on the Occupational Health
view will be accomplished through Program will still need to com-
a secure Web site known plete a hearing test and, if
as the Web Based Health needed, see a doctor.
Assessment (WebHA), HIV tests will be com-
which every Guardsman pleted every two years.
will be able to access Vision examinations
from any computer with will be given every two
internet access - at work, years for those who wear
at home, or even when glasses and every five years
deployed. for those who do not.
Medical technicians will Blood pressure will be mea-
review the web-based interview sured every five years if the mem-
results; and if problems are identified ber is not on any medications. The
which require medical attention, the tech- test may be administered as required by doc-
nician will contact the member to schedule an tors if patients are on any type of blood pressure
appointment with a medical provider. This will also medications.
allow the clinic to more efficiently tailor care to the Lately, the MDG has been inundated with requests
specific needs of the patient. for AF 422a’s, Notification of Air Force Member’s
WebHA will replace the SF 507, Interval Medical Qualification Status. The MDG is requesting at least
History Form; a list of health assessment questions 24-48 hours after a request to get the form back. The
that all Airmen answer each year. The WebHA will MDG will pull records and review the last PHA
be more effective than the “Yes or No” responses cur- and dental information. The group needs to ensure
rently required. WebHA will measure health responses that members are not currently on an AF 469, Duty
with a severity that will enable the MDG to process Limiting Condition Report (4T Profile) prior to com-
information more effectively. These types of measures pleting the AF 422a.
will provide invaluable information as time progresses. Any questions regarding the processes at the MDG
In the future the MDG will be able to see how many may be referred to the Force Health Management
people have had a problem in a given year that may Office at 295-6300 or the front desk at 295-6172.
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Top F-16 maintainers reap rewards
Photos by Master Sgt. Dave Neve
Tech. Sgt. Lesleigh Smith, the 162nd Maintenance Group’s first-ever “Elite Performer,” shows his award
to his co-workers while Lt. Col. James Taylor, the group commander, applauds the achievement. Smith
was picked by Colonel Taylor to receive the award from a field of six “Top Performers” recognized at the
event. The plaque awarded was designed by Staff Sgt. Veronica Norzagaray of the maintenance quality
here July 12, Group Commander looking for ways to improve.”
by Maj. Gabe Johnson Lt. Col. James Taylor recognized Each recipient represented one
and Staff Sgt. Jordan Jones this talent when he announced six of the six organizations that make
Public Affairs maintainers as “Top Performer up the maintenance group and was
Award” recipients; a new quarterly nominated by their supervisors and
award designed specifically for commanders. The crowd erupted
When a group of 800 Guardsmen those who improve maintenance with applause and whistles as
maintain a fleet of 66 F-16 Fight- quality and safety. the Top Performers received their
ing Falcons with an unparalleled “These people take pride in awards.
safety record for an international getting those sorties in the air,”
training mission, there’s bound said Colonel Taylor, during the They were:
to be amazing talent among the award ceremony. “[The Quality Staff Sgt. Antelmo Morales from
ranks. Assurance Office] has set up some the 148th Aircraft Maintenance
At the latest 162nd Maintenance shop visits – people are excited Flight,
Group commander’s call held about what they are doing, and are Tech. Sgt. Lesleigh Smith from
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the 152nd Aircraft Maintenance so many criterions are considered Top Performers
Flight, for the award which is completely
Master Sgt. Ruben Perez from separate from the wing’s quarterly
the 195th Aircraft Maintenance award program.
Flight, According to Lieutenant Barnett,
Staff Sgt. Eugene Sanders from the criteria for the wing’s quarterly
the Equipment Maintenance awards program is geared toward
Flight, job perfor mance, community
Staff Sgt. David Pazak from the involvement and self improvement,
Component Maintenance Flight whereas the “Top Performer”
and focuses on quality maintenance
Staff Sgt. Tim Strauss from the practices. Staff Sgt. Antelmo Morales,
Alert Detachment. “Top Performers go above and 148th Aircraft Maintenance Flight
beyond to make sure what they’re
Each award recipient was given working on is looking really well,
a certificate of recognition and a they are doing everything within
cash award. the regulations, they’re not getting
“This award is intended to get safety violations or tech data vio-
awareness out there and increase lations and they’re engaging with
attentiveness to doing quality work quality initiatives,” he said.
– leaner, more efficient, and with The program also challenges
a continuous improvement pro- Airmen to avoid disqualification
cess in mind,” said 2nd Lt. James from award eligibility. An indi-
Barnett, a maintenance officer and vidual can be out of contention for Staff Sgt. Eugene Sanders,
award program manager from the an unsatisfactory condition report, Equipment Maintenance Flight
maintenance Quality Assurance technical data violation, direct
office. safety violation, or for a single
“All maintenance personnel can failed inspection.
qualify for this award – but the “We measure everything within
individual has to go above and Quality Assurance on a quarterly
beyond,” he said. “We want to basis,” Lieutenant Barnett said.
increase the quality of products “So even if a person is disquali-
and morale within the mainte- fied this quarter, they can still be
nance group – to recognize people selected the next quarter. We want
for taking the extra step to produce to recognize maintainers who have
top quality work in everything they a spotless, continuous improve- Staff Sgt. David Pazak from the
do.” ment record – those that think Component Maintenance Flight
Of the six Top Performers, outside of the box and go above
Colonel Taylor named Tech. and beyond.”
Sgt. Lesleigh Smith as the “Elite As a group, 162nd maintainers
Performer,” an award that carries generate 17,000 flying hours per
with it an additional cash award, a year; four times the amount flown
plaque of recognition, eight hours at a typical Air National Guard
time off, a personal parking space fighter wing.
for the duration of the quarter and “This is about the maintainers,
an invitation to be a special guest the folks out there on the flightline
at the wing commander’s staff and in the shops,” said Colonel
meeting. Taylor. “They have a really tough Staff Sgt. Tim Strauss, Alert
The Elite Performer is hand time out there in the heat and in the Detachment
picked by Colonel Taylor who elements, generating the aircraft Master Sgt. Ruben Perez from
weighs each nomination package and making certain the mission is the 195th Aircraft Maintenance
for one that stands out among successful. This is a way to recog- Flight is not pictured due to a
the six; quite a challenge when nize those folks for their efforts.” temporary duty assignment.
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2009 CFC kicks off October UTA
Lieutenant Walz said the goal
by Capt. Dan Dodson for this year is 100 percent contact
Public Affairs and increased participation. Last
year’s campaign totaled $59,125.
The 2009 Combined Federal Cam- The average individual contribution
paign is scheduled to kick off here was $408. on the CFC Web site at www.cfcaz.
Oct. 3. Members will have a choice of org.
This year’s theme will be “I Can,” hundreds of charities from which There will be posters and a base-
said 2nd Lt. Angela Walz, wing to choose, including the Jimmy Jet wide e-mail to remind people of the
CFC coordinator. Foundation, the Tuskegee Airmen opportunity to donate to charities
The kick-off breakfast was Sept. and Wright Flight, said Lieutenant of their choice via the CFC. For
16 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Walz. more information, please contact
Base for the group coordinators, key This year, the CFC is providing Lieutenant Walz at 295-6192 or 2nd
workers and all involved in driving an easy to use alphabetized brochure Lt. Jim Barnett at james.barnett@
this year’s campaign. of charities which can also be found aztucs.ang.af.mil.
A CCAF degree — the key to career progression
by 2nd Lt. Angela Walz
With so much competition in the
military and the civilian sectors
for jobs and promotions, more and for full-time positions that become Where supervisors may fail their
more Guardsmen are looking to se- available within the wing.” troops is by not being informed about
cure their job with an Associate’s Airmen become CCAF students as the programs, not having answers to
degree from the Community Col- soon as they report for basic military common questions about the CCAF,
lege of the Air Force (CCAF). training and begin earning semester and not leading by example.
While a CCAF degree adds sparkle hours that go toward their CCAF According to the CCAF Web
to an Enlisted Performance Report, it degree. Technical schools and other site, CCAF academic programs are
also enhances any resume and opens military training courses also count designed to provide students with
doors into both military and civilian toward CCAF degree programs. knowledge, skills and theoretical
careers. However, many Airmen may fail background for enhanced perfor-
‘Career progression’ sounds mili- themselves by not taking an active role mance as technicians and noncom-
tary in nature, but it takes place in in their own educational endeavors. missioned officers. It is the only
the civilian sector as well. A CCAF CCAF degrees are not automatic, but college system solely for enlisted
degree has the benefit of the potential can easily be attained if the required members.
for securing a career in either arena. coursework has been met. For questions or assistance, contact
“An individual’s education and CCAF Commandant Lt. Col. Senior Master Sgt. Edisa Salcido at
experience are something they will Timothy W. Albrecht said, “We 295-6568. To add civilian courseware
carry with them forever and these strive to meet the demands of the to a CCAF degree, transcripts must
sorts of things are often considered Air Force’s increasingly expedition- be sent directly from your school
for promotion interviews,” said Lt. ary environment and at the same to the following address: CCAF/
Col. Denise Cullen, 162nd Fighter time help Airmen achieve their DESS, 100 South Turner Blvd.,
Wing executive officer. “A CCAF educational goals by capitalizing on Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala., 36114-
degree looks good on an application, job-related training and education 3011. Transcript requests can be
but points are also given for non- as part of flexible degree completion made online at http://au.af.mil/au/
written questions for promotions or programs.” ccaf/transcripts.asp.
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Wing member finds a new sport, rises to top ranks
Disc golf, also known as Frisbee
by Capt. Dan Dodson golf, has been around since the
Public Affairs 1960’s, having gained popularity
over the last 10 years. It is the fastest
growing sport in America, increas-
ilitary members are find- ing at a rate of 12 to 15 percent
ing unique ways to stay annually, with nearly 3,000 courses
active and relieve stress. in the Unites States. There are even
One member of the 162nd Fighter disc golf courses on military instal-
Wing has found a fresh spin on an lations.
old stand by – golf. Courtesy photo
The disc golf concept, similar to
Senior Master Sgt. Stephanie ball golf, challenges players to get the
Huether, wing intelligence office Senior Master Sgt. Stephanie disc into a basket in the least amount
superintendent, can often be found Huether practices her short of attempts as possible.
mastering her newfound craft – disc game. The Arizona Guardsman Similar to ball golf where players
golf. She recently placed 2nd in her has become an accomplished must hit ball left, right or over course
division at the 2009 Disc Golf World disc golfer in her spare time and obstacles, disc golfers must master
Championships held in Kansas City, is an advocate of the sport as techniques to do the same. “It can
Mo. fun way to stay active and relieve be difficult having to go around trees
“I was extremely pleased with my stress. and things, not to mention climb-
result, having played for such a short ing up and down hills all day,” said
time,” said Sergeant Huether. She addicting, and I play tournaments Sergeant Huether.
exceeded her goal of just wanting to every weekend if I can. It is a Disc golf is a professional sport in
perform well. In fact, she led the field great stress reliever,” said Sergeant which both professional and ama-
for most of the tournament. Huether. She would putt, or throw teurs can compete. More information
Sergeant Huether advanced discs in a straight line to the basket, can be obtained by researching the
quickly, having just taken up the 150 times a day preparing for the Professional Disc Golf Association
sport a year ago. “It is incredibly world championships. Web site at www.pdga.com.
Citizen Airman helps Air Force claim top volleyball honors
a standing of six wins and zero losses.
by Tech. Sgt. Desiree Twombly They competed against the Marine
Public Affairs Corps, Navy, and Army teams to win
“In the competition we played
n Arizona Air National each branch of service twice. The
Guardsman joined forces Marines were our toughest competi-
with active duty Air Force tors. They won the gold last year. It
athletes to win the Armed Forces was hard, but it was fun,” said
Men’s Volleyball Championship re- Sergeant Valles.
cently. “We all knew how important
Staff Sgt. Ray Valles, a drill status this team was to Ray,” said Tech.
Guardsman in the 162nd Fighter Sgt. Mike Coleman, one of Valles’
Wing’s communications flight here, coworkers. “He’s always talking
won a gold medal with the Air Force about the team, his training or his
Volleyball Team at the conclusion of local volleyball leagues. He’s worked
tournament play at Marine Corps so hard and we’re all so glad to see Courtesy photo
Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., June him reach his goal.” Arizona Air National Guardsman
6-10. “We were all happy for Ray when Staff Sgt. Ray Valles sets the
The Air Force’s 10-man team went we found out the team won it all,” ball for Staff Sgt. Clarence Hucks
undefeated in the championship with said Sergeant Coleman. from Yakota Air Base, Japan.
Fall 2009 162fw.ang.af.mil Page 11
People El Tigre
by Tech. Sgt. Desiree Twombly
undreds of Guardsmen,
visitors and contractors
are welcomed daily at the
162nd Fighter Wing’s main gate at
Tucson International Airport, and Photo by Maj. Gabe Johnson
little do they know of the heroic Army Spc. Jesse Ryan, a decorated Iraq war veteran, is one of
tales of the security forces members four military policemen performing base security along side security
that greet them there. forces Airmen at the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Fighter
One soldier with a special his- Wing. Ryan earned a Purple Heart in 2004 for wounds to his leg
tory, Spc. Jesse Ryan, serves along after a grenade attack in Mosul. That same year he earned a second
side Airmen in the 162nd Security Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with valor after combating insurgents
Forces Squadron here. He is a highly- who attacked a convoy he was escorting.
decorated Iraq war veteran, and has
inconspicuously worked full time as insurgent. One of the bullets shat- transferring from active duty into
a security specialist with the wing tered his body armor chest plate and the Arizona Army Guard’s 860th
since 2004. lodged in his chest. Military Police Company where he
Only a hand full of his coworkers “The only thing that saved me serves as a drill status Guardsman.
know he’s a Bronze Star with valor was the Humvee because the shots He was later hired to serve full time
recipient and has two Purple Hearts pushed me into it giving me a chance with the 162nd.
for combat action stemming from to raise my weapon and fire back. If “Specialist Ryan’s primary duties
his first and only deployment to Iraq I had fallen on the ground I wouldn’t as a security forces member include
in 2004. have been able to shoot back. I entry control, protecting personnel
While deployed with the Army’s returned fire and ended up shooting and property, preventing pilferage,
101st Airborne Division as a military the insurgent who shot me.” supervising road traffic, enforcing
policeman, Ryan and his team were Although he was injured, Ryan traffic laws and regulations, main-
on a convoy outside of Mosul that rescued another soldier by pulling taining good order and furnishing
came under attack causing them to him from a burning humvee. information – and he does it excep-
take defensive action on the battle- “After that, I collapsed. All I tionally well,” said Master Sgt.
field. remember is waking up in a hospital Vincent Muskiet, Ryan’s supervi-
“I was driving in a convoy of in Germany,” said Ryan. sor.
trucks and we were struck by an He was hospitalized for more than “He inspires his fellow co-work-
[improvised explosive device] and a month, after which he returned to ers by setting the standard through
then came under fire. The explosion his unit in Mosul refusing an offer his training and experience. He
blew the helmet off of my head and to go home. always displays a positive attitude
blew out the windshield of the hum- “I wasn’t ready to leave my guys regardless of circumstances, he’s a
vee. Two soldiers sitting in the back so I went back and finished my tour true leader,”
seat didn’t make it,” said Ryan. with them,” said Ryan. “I really like it here,” said Ryan.
As he exited the vehicle, Ryan was He returned to Tucson, his home “It’s just a very friendly place to
shot three times in the chest by an town, shortly after leaving Iraq, work.”
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El Tigre People
Guardsman coaches pro ball
“I really got involved with baseball
by Maj. Gabe Johnson playing in the Men’s Senior Baseball
Public Affairs League in town with [Senior Master
Sgt.] Dave Crocker. There are a lot
of former pro ball players in that
embers of the Air Nation- league from triple A to the majors,”
al Guard wear many hats; said Balserak.
the hat of a member of the “Professional athletes are a lot like
United States Air Force, the hat of a fighter pilots. They’re ‘type A’ per-
civilian at work in the community, sonalities, they are driven and they
and sometimes their hobbies lead expect perfection out of themselves,”
them to wear hats of another kind. he said.
Col. (Dr.) James Balserak, flight Six Toros players have major
surgeon and 162nd Medical Group league experience, two have already
commander, wears the hat of a first been picked up by the Chicago White
base coach for the Tucson Toros, the Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers this
city’s minor league baseball team. year, and some pitchers for the team
In 2004 Colonel Balserak started throw more than 90 miles per hour.
out as a team physician for Tucson’s Fan attendance at Toros games Courtesy photos
former minor league team, the has improved over the Sidewinders’ Col. (Dr.) James Balserak, right,
Sidewinders, and Arizona’s major attendance, partially due to Hi coaches a Tucson Toros runner
league team, the Diamondbacks. Corbett Field’s central location and at first base during a game at Hi
This year, when the Sidewinders also due to the Toros’ performance. Corbett Field.
moved to Reno, Nev., and the Toros The team comfortably holds first
came to Tucson, he became their place in the Golden League and is “My only goal as a coach is to be
physician and took on the additional close to a playoff birth. invited back,” said Balserak whose
role of first base coach. “We’re having a great season and sacrifices have not gone unnoticed
“I have a rudimentary understand- Doc Balserak is definitely part of it. by the team.
ing of baseball but I’ve learned a lot He understands baseball and he’s “There are a lot of patriotic guys
about the game by working with the done a great job. He’s never made on the team and they love the idea
coaching staff; when to keep players a mistake at first base,” said Pete that he spent three tours going over
on base, when to send them to sec- LaCock, Toros hitting and third base there defending our country and
ond, and looking out for pick offs,” coach. “He’s like one of the guys. It’s helping guys who got hurt. It’s unbe-
said Colonel Balserak. like the camaraderie you have in the lievable to me. The respect that the
Before coaching the Toros, he military. It’s his team and we feel like players have for him goes above and
coached several seasons for his son he’s one of us.” beyond what you can imagine,” said
Kevin’s Sabino Canyon little league The colonel makes time for base- LaCock.
team. Kevin, 11, serves as a bat boy ball despite a hectic schedule. He’s In mid July, he was put in the bat-
for the Toros. deployed to Iraq twice in the last five ting line up during a game against the
years and recently completed a tour San Diego Surf Dogs and came away
in Afghanistan. with his first pro ball hit.
“It’s a lot to take on. I’m getting “I was kind of joking around with
my masters in public health at night the coaches and I said, ‘You should
and I’ve had to adjust my private put me in.’ The manager put me in
practice hours to be able to be a part batting cleanup and I was terrified.
of the team. I get the home game The first at bat the pitcher walked
schedule and make sure I’m able me. The second at bat I struck out.
to leave work early on those days. And the third at bat I got a hit into
Since I’m a volunteer, I lose income left field. They paid me a buck to
Col. (Dr.) James Balserak with to coach, but that’s just how much I make it professional,” said Balserak
Tuffy, the Toros mascot. love to do it. “ with a laugh.
Fall 2009 162fw.ang.af.mil Page 13
by Maj. Gabe Johnson
ilots brief, crew chiefs launch, air- Each instructor flies with night vision
planes fly, Security Forces protect, goggles once every 120 days at a mini-
aircraft get painted, components are mum.
repaired, and firefighters respond – As for students, the United Arab
all in a night’s work. Emirates is the only partner
For the majority of wing nation currently training
members who work day in Tucson that purchased
shift it may come as a night vision goggles for
surprise that the 162nd is use in fighters.
often as active at night as By the time their stu-
it is during the day. dents fly at night, they
While maintenance, fire are about one fourth
and security work around of their way through the
the clock all year, the wing basic course and they’ve
supports night flying weeks completed the requisite aca-
about once or twice per month for resi- demics and simulator training.
dent instructor and student pilots who are “We don’t introduce any new aviation
either staying current with, or are honing, skill set at night that they haven’t seen in
their skills flying with night vision goggles. the day. So they don’t go out and do their
Photo by Master Sgt. Dave Neve
Page 14 162fw.com Fall 2009
first simulated laser guided bomb delivery fly a two-ship night mission.
at night, they do it first in daylight. It’s the Pilots are not allowed to take off or land
same with formation flying and intercept while wearing goggles. Students readily
skill sets,” said Lt. Col. admit, putting them on and taking
Mick McGuire, 148th them off during flight are some
Fighter Squadron of the more difficult tasks to
Instructors from “Everything is more
the 148th ensure difficult at night because
each student gets yo u d o n’t h ave t h e
seven night vision peripheral vision to give
sorties before gradua- you good picture of the
tion. horizon; you just have
Of the seven night sor- a 40 degree field of view.
ties, they fly at least one in low It’s like looking through a big
lunar illumination, less than a quarter telescope,” said Colonel McGuire.
moon, and one in high illumination, a “All the while you have to look under the
quarter moon or more. goggles to read all the instruments in the
After which, they are fully-qualified to cockpit.”
With afterburner blazing, an F-16E, Block 60, takes off
from Tucson International Airport into the night sky.
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El Tigre Commentary
ESGR tips for Arizona Air National Guard members
ing. Basically, USERRA provides
from the Arizona Committee
that an employer must give you time
for Employer Support of the off to perform military service and
Guard and Reserve (ESGR) reemploy you following the service
with status, seniority and rate of pay
as though you never left.
T h e A r i z o n a C o m m itte e for Drill schedules.
Employer Support of the Guard Don’t make your boss guess about
and Reserve (ESGR) is part of a your Guard duties. The more you
Department of Defense agency that share with the boss - and the earlier
recognizes outstanding employer you share it the better - about drill
support for Guard and Reserve schedules, annual training plans,
employees, increases awareness reemployment rights and rules, and
of employment laws and resolves any extra time-off requirements, the
conflict through mediation. easier things will go. Remember, you
Most employment conflicts can must give your employer advance
be avoided by being candid with notice of any military service,
your employer about your obliga- including drills.
tions as a member of the Arizona Reward the boss for supporting
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Ed Stramler
Air National Guard. your service.
Don’t take your employer’s sup- Master Sgt. (ret.) Robert The Department of Defense will
port for granted. Keep your boss Sommerfeld, 162nd Security send your boss a personally prepared
informed about what you do in the Forces Squadron, right, certificate of appreciation if you just
military and when you do it. Let presents ESGR’s Seven apply for it. The certificate comes
your boss know the vital mission Seals award to his civilain mounted in a handsome folder,
that is supported by your participa- employer Anthony Daykin, bearing the DoD seal embossed in
tion in the National Guard. Let your Chief of Police, University of gold. Take time to do your best to
boss know how your military experi- Arizona, for outstanding support “brag” about your boss. The stron-
ence and training will make you a for Sommerfeld’s military ger your boss’s support, the greater
more capable civilian employee. committments. the likelihood that he or she will also
Take time to recognize the sacri- receive a higher award. The Arizona
fice your boss and co-workers make that is of great importance to your ESGR Committee presents plaques
when they support you. Here’s a community and the nation. to the most supportive employers
summary of advice from ESGR on Federal law. each year.
how to keep the boss on your side: Experience has shown that mem- The ESGR National Headquarters
Talk to your boss. bers of the National Guard and sponsors the prestigious PRO
No matter what your military Reserve, as well as their employers, PATRIA award, presented each year
assignment or specialty, tell your do not always have a clear under- by each ESGR Committee to their
employer about it. standing about employment and single most supportive employer.
Many people hold down military reemployment rights for Reserve The Secretary of Defense
jobs that relate directly to their civil- component members. presents the highest awards, the
ian careers. If yours is one of them, Federal law guarantees the right Employer Support Freedom Award,
your boss would be pleased to know to take time off from work to attend to the most outstanding employers
that you are learning and practicing to your military responsibilities. The for the year-one national winner
military skills that can pay off on more that you, your boss, and your and four regional semifinalists.
the job. personnel office know about the Applications can be obtained from
Even if what you do in the mili- federal laws and legal precedents the 162nd Fighter Wing public
tary is different from your civilian that spell out Reserve reemploy- affairs office, any member of your
job, sharing the details can impress ment rights, rules and obligations ESGR Committee, our Web site,
your boss. You are using your spare protected by the laws, the less www.esgr.org or by calling ESGR
time to participate in a second career chance there is for misunderstand- directly, 1-800-336-4590.
Fall 2009 162fw.ang.af.mil Page 17
For El Tigre readers who don’t follow the official 162nd Fighter Wing public Web site
for up-to-date news and information, here are some of the stories you may have missed.
(An unabashed attempt to recruit more Web site users.)
New look for the Web site
In August, 162fw.
ang.af.mil got a new
look. The site also
got a shorter address.
From off base, try
162fw.com and you’ll
be redirected to the
site. The new address
makes it easier to tell
people where to find
the 162nd online.
Solar plans on the horizon for 162nd Adjutant General gets fighter
wing introduction at Mach 1
The 162nd Fighter Wing
The commanding general of the Arizona National
is on its way to meeting
Guard flew in the back seat of an F-16D Fighting
federal goals in the reduc-
Falcon here July 7 to experience first hand the 162nd
tion of energy consump-
Fighter Wing’s pilot training mission at Tucson Inter-
tion with plans to use
national Airport. Army Maj. Gen. Hugo E. Salazar,
solar-powered lights. The
Arizona’s Adjutant General, assumed duties as the
wing recently approved
state’s top officer Dec. 16, 2008. A field artillery of-
the purchase of six trail-
ficer by trade, he had never flown in a tactical fighter.
er-mounted solar light-
ing systems to replace
the current flood lights Coveralls allow maintainers to
around the base. get dirty in the line of duty
Wing services flight deploys
While keeping F-16 Fighting Falcons mission ready,
Staff Sgt. Santos Flores bids farewell to his wife aircraft maintainers at the 162nd Fighter Wing can
Yvette and his son Andres at Tucson International confidently get elbow-deep in grease without concern
Airport on his way to the 380th Air Expeditionary for ruining their uniforms thanks to new dark blue
Wing, June 8. coveralls issued here recently.
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Vice wing commander
El Tigre Red Flag trains
promoted to colonel combat air forces
The vice commander
of the largest Air Na-
tional Guard fighter
wing in the country
was promoted to the
rank of colonel here
July 9. Col. Ted Max-
well pinned on his new
rank during a promo-
tion ceremony in front
of family, friends and
Arizona chaplain ensures religious NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- Units
freedom for deployed servicemembers from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines Corps
participate in training missions for Red Flag 09-5
along with allied forces from Italy and the United
Arab Emirates Aug. 26, 2009 here. This is the first
time the United Arab Emirates has participated in
Red Flag, a realistic two-week air combat training ex-
ercise conducted over the 15,000-square-mile Nevada
Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas.
Arizona Air Guard
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Chaplain (Maj.) Laura Ade-
remembers Sept. 11
lia, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, speaks during a Members of the
sermon at the Seven Sands Chapel July 19. Chaplain 162nd Fighter Wing
Adelia is deployed from the 162nd Fighter Wing, at Tucson Interna-
Arizona Air National Guard, Tucson, Ariz. tional Airport share a
moment of silence in
Circulating Currency the base fire station to
remember the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorist
attacks on the United
States exactly eight
years after the fateful
day. Chaplain (Maj.)
Mike Martinez, upper
right, and Senior Mas-
ter Sgt. Shane Clark,
base fire chief, led the
wing in a prayer for all
the lives lost and the
SOUTHWEST ASIA -Staff Sgt. Keri Watson, 380th families affected by
Air Expeditionary Wing Finance Office, provides the attacks.
customers with financial assistance Aug. 17. Sergeant
Watson is deployed from the 162nd Fighter Wing.
Fall 2009 162fw.ang.af.mil Page 19
News El Tigre
Story and photo
by Maj. Gabe Johnson
A delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan joined
Air National Guardsmen from Arizona and Missis-
sippi to discuss deployment planning and preparation
for global peacekeeping operations, July 27-30. Tech. Sgt. Frank Quinn, 162nd Logistics Readiness
Representatives from Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping Squadron, shows officers from Kazakhstan’s
force, the Kazakhstan Battalion, or KAZBAT, and their peacekeeping force how to calculate the center
parent Brigade, KAZBRIG, traveled from the Central balance of a Humvee for airlift, July 28. The
Asian country to the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson delegation’s visit to the 162nd Fighter Wing at
International Airport to discuss their recent deploy- Tucson International Airport was organized through
ment experiences in Iraq and their desire to become the Arizona National Guard’s state partnership with
more self-sufficient in preparing their equipment and the Central Asian country.
people for airlift.
“Kazakhstan is a land-locked nation. Their military ning, hazardous materials identification, the joint
is very good at using rail and truck convoy to move inspection process and in-transit visibility were well
equipment. However, they don’t own enough strategic received by the Kazakhs.
airlift capacity to get them to where the action is in an “We’re learning a lot from them and they are learn-
emergency,” said Lt. Col. Greg Bliss, 162nd Logistics ing from us,” said Chief Master Sgt. Robert Owens, an
Readiness Squadron commander. airfield manager and former loadmaster for the 172nd.
Colonel Bliss proposed the plan for the exchange dur- “They are asking very good questions about pallets,
ing a 2008 visit to the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Military weights, measurements and how to find the center of
Cooperation in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The balance. Without this process, a load cannot be balanced
premise was to include airlift control flight experts from correctly in our aircraft; the cargo gets ‘frustrated’ and
the 172nd Airlift Wing, a C-17 Air Guard unit out of the planes won’t fly.”
Jackson, Miss. “And from our side, we are learning just how creative
“They provide Air Mobility Command affiliation they are in finding ways to get the job done with their
training,” said Bliss. “Since they train us, we thought resources.”
their expertise would be helpful to our state’s partner- Arizona and Mississippi hope to join forces again
ship with Kazakhstan.” as a mission support team in Kazakhstan within the
The delegates observed how U.S. Airmen determine next few months to expand the exchange and see how
axle weights and find center balance for vehicles such big the peacekeeping force is in terms of material; how
as Humvees and five-ton Medium Tactical Vehicles. many vehicles, how much equipment and how many
They were shown examples of how to palletize gear, people.
and models of innovative mobility items such as a “We can create an airlift logistics concept that guides
mobile kitchen and Internal Slingable Units, air cargo them on how to mobilize a company- or battalion-size
boxes that can be hoisted by helicopter. peacekeeping unit for future operational missions,” said
Demonstrations and briefings on aircraft load plan- Colonel Bliss.
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El Tigre News
WEPTAC conference October 19-23
The Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC)
will host the annual Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC) here, Oct.
19-23. This year’s theme is “Transforming Technology to the Warfighter” as
the Air Reserve Component (ARC) looks to the future force structure and
new mission areas.
WEPTAC is an important event involving the 162nd Fighter Wing’s
direct support of the rest of the Air Reserve Component convening
on base. This year’s WEPTAC is of vital importance as Guardsmen
and Reservists continue operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the
topics set for discussion are strongly affected by feedback from
warfighters in theater.
During the week-long conference, more than 1,000 Reserve
component and active duty members will assemble for the
event to attend briefings and discussions throughout the
base and working groups will discuss the tactical develop-
ment and modernization planning for the future of their
“Through this conference AATC gathers experts from
all weapon systems at one time to discuss and prioritize
modernization requirements and testing of equipment
and tactics for the current war and to prepare for future
conflicts,” said AATC Commander Col. Dan Bader.
“The conference helps the test center focus on the
warfighter’s needs so we can get them what they need
quickly and efficiently,” he said.
On a local level, WEPTAC gives the 162nd a chance
to interact with Airmen from around the world said
Col. Ted Maxwell, wing vice commander.
“WEPTAC is a great opportunity for the Guard
and for our Wing. It provides everyone some time to
exchange ideas and reestablish relationships,” he said.
“Each year we’re given a chance to show our fellow
Guardsmen and Reservists what a great unit we are.
I ask everyone to welcome our guests and help out in
any way you can to make it another success.”
AATC has reserved meeting rooms and facilities
throughout the base, with some scheduled at Davis-
Monthan Air Force Base.
Everyone on base is reminded of the following:
• Parking will be limited during WEPTAC and every-
one should plan accordingly.
• Be aware of customs and courtesies as numerous
senior leaders will attend the conference.
• Most attendees will be in constant contact with their
units via cell phone, however be prepared to assist
guests with finding and using base telephones.
• Should someone need a pen, paper, a fax machine,
printer or driving directions, be prepared to help.
For more information about WEPTAC please visit
Photo by James Haseltine, HIGH-G Productions
Fall 2009 162fw.ang.af.mil Page 21
Retiree News El Tigre
Many ways to get 162nd retiree news and information
unit functions. Upcoming Retiree
by Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Second, the Retirees Newsletter. Events
Barry Soulvie Timely newsletters will be sent out by
Retirees Office regular U.S. Mail to ensure retirees UTA – Oct. 4 (Sunday), 10 a.m.
get information that is current and On base. Retirees briefing by the
relevant. This mailed-out version will Base Commander, Operations
We in the Retirees Office are aware be sent to all on our retirees list with Building – Classroom E. Followed
that our target audience is comprised a valid mailing address who do not by the Steak Fry.
of many folks who spent most of have e-mail. An electronic version of
their working lives without need of the newsletter will be sent out to those Oct. 14 (Wednesday), 11 a.m.
a computer keyboard to communi- on our e-mail list. Retirees Luncheon at HomeTown
cate. Third, the 162nd Web site. If you Buffet, 5101 N. Oracle, Guest
speaker will brief the ANG Preda-
We are also aware that many of have a computer, there is a wealth
you have no interest in learning com- of information available on this web
puter skills at this point in your lives. site. In addition to unit information, Nov. 11 (Wednesday), 7:30 a.m.
However, the world has changed and there is now a special section that is Monthly Retirees Breakfast at
the primary way to communicate has directed specifically toward retirees. HomeTown Buffet, 330 S. Wilmot.
rapidly become electronic. Go on-line to www.162FW.ang.
Consequently, we endeavor to af.mil/retirees and check it out. Dec. 9 (Wednesday), 7:30 a.m.
upgrade our skills to keep up with Fourth, the e-mail system. About Monthly Retirees Breakfast at
technology while still embracing one-third of our retirees are on our HomeTown Buffet, 330 S. Wilmot.
the old ways of communication so e-mail network. The advantage of
everyone will still receive necessary this system is that it sends out infor- can’t catch us, just leave a message
information. mation in real time and everyone is and we will get back to you. Also, you
An example of the changing world kept up to date as things happen. can always send an e-mail request to
is our monthly El Tigre News, which The Ainleys maintain the system the office address listed above.
has been around for more than 50 and send out only information that As an alternative source of infor-
years and is now changing from a pertains to retired unit members and mation, the Retired Activities Office
monthly to a quarterly publication relevant information about retirees in (RAO) at Davis-Monthan AFB is
to allow public affairs to focus on general and retirement benefits. open for business Monday-Friday
the unit Web site. Many of you have Note: If you have an e-mail account from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are located
depended on the monthly El Tigre and are not receiving retiree informa- at 3500 S. Craycroft Rd, about ¼ mile
to keep up with unit news and also tion, it is easy to get on the list. Simply inside the main gate on the west side
to get information from the Retirees send an e-mail to 162.retirees@ of the road. This office is staffed with
Office. To fill the gap for those who aztucs.ang.af.mil and request to be dedicated, knowledgeable people
do not use the Internet, we will added. We will need your full name, (military retirees themselves) who
attempt to produce the Retirees so we know who you are, along with will answer questions from any mili-
Newsletter more often to keep you your e-mail address. Also, if you are tary retiree. You can visit the office,
up to date between the quarterly El already in our retiree database but or call them at (520) 228-5100, if you
Tigre publications. not receiving our e-mails, and would have a question.
To ensure everyone receives the like to add your e-mail address to the When it comes to your retirement
latest information, we communicate database, just let us know. benefits, and knowing what’s going
with our retirees in the following There is one more avenue of com- on, you should never be in the dark.
ways: munication. It’s the avenue that you There is a system available that will
First, the El Tigre. The new initiate! If you, or your spouse, need help you with any questions you
quarterly El Tigre, as you can see, any information relevant to retire- may have. Your military retirement
has been reformatted to adapt to ment, all you have to do is contact us. benefits package, and the network
a four-times-a-year schedule. One The Retirees Office phone number is to provide information, is one of the
thing will not change; there will still (520) 295-6663. The office is manned best available anywhere. If you need
be articles of interest to retirees and on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the help, it’s only a telephone call, a Web
information on retiree’s events and month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you site, or an e-mail away!
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El Tigre Briefs
To Chief Master Sergeant
Douglas Pepiot, Maintenance
David Wolslagel, Maintenance Brent Thompson, Safety
Karen Henry, Maintenance Frank Zaueta, Maintenance
Andrew Trueblood, Operations Ronald Jacobi, Maintenance
Steven Hayes, 214th
To Senior Master Sergeant Sean Pierce, Maintenance
Armando Gonzalez, Maintenance Ralph Brewer, Maintenance
Armando Valencia, Maintenance
To Master Sergeant Mario Reynoso, Maintenance
Marc Polanco, Logistics Readiness Laura Rodriguez, 214th
Jeffrey Kohn, Maintenance Martin Acosta, Maintenance Paul Martin, Maintenance
Gerald Thitchener, Maintenance James McChristian, Security Forces Ash Corey, Maintenance
Raul Ortega, Mission Support Eugene Sanders, Maintenance Brian Garcia, Mission Support
Jay Watkins, Maintenance Svetlana Sevciuc, Mission Support
Celina Rodriguez, Mission Support To Staff Sergeant Tiffany Cleveland, Maintenance
Michael Hawkins, Mission Support Robert Johnson, 214th Tiffany Hoeck, Fighter Wing
Charmaine Pozo, Mission Support John Torres, Services Flight
To Tech. Sergeant Darren Winegardner, Maintenance
Abran Bedoy, Maintenance Justin Phillips, 148th FS To Senior Airman
Holly Strength, Medical Christopher Coenen, 148th FS Glen Sneddon , Security Forces
Isreal Montoya, Mission Support Kyle Hoagland, Maintenance Matthew Applegate, Logistics
David Luscumb, Maintenance Justin Reidman, 214th Readiness
Timothy Culbertson, 214th Caleb Maxiner, 214th John Greer, Maintenance
Rodney Calkins, Civil Engineering Jeffrey Case, 214th Johnny Evans, Logistics Readiness
Heidi Thiel, Communications Ruben Acedo, Maintenance
Bryon Garcia, Maintenance To Airman First Class
Ryan Sandford, 214th Elliot Smith, Student Flight
Michael Aragon, Maintenance Michael Ament , Civil Engineering
Christopher Dietrich, Security Forces Tony Pena, 152nd FS
Marcel Delavara, Logistics Readiness Nichola Knight, Security Forces
Michael Beller, Civil Engineering
Ryan Ramos, Maintenance Births
Quinn Simmons, 214th Staff Sgt. Carlos Cabrera and his
wife Jovanna welcomed their son
Anthony into their family, 21 inches
long and 8 lbs, AGE Element.
Jimmy Jet announces scholarship winners
The Jimmy Jet Foundation an- for volunteer work and community
nounced recently the three winners involvement.
of the 2009 scholarships For each scholarship, $500 will be
Ashley Claggett won the Brig. awarded per semester (maximum of
Gen. Ronald L. Kurth for general $1,000).
studies, Tyler Streeter won the Unit members and their immediate
Col. James V. Fiorelli for aviation family were eligible to apply. Retired
related studies, and Kelly LaFrance unit members and their immediate
won the Lt. Col. Pamela J. Long family were also eligible.
Fall 2009 162fw.ang.af.mil Page 23
Briefs El Tigre
Events Minuteman Committee to
this sponsor golf tournament
The 162nd Fighter Wing Minute- which includes green fees, a cart,
man Committee, the unit’s commu- food, prizes and a charitable dona-
nity advocacy and support group, tion.
will host it’s annual golf tourna- Raffle tickets will also be sold for
Oct. 4 - Steak Fry ment at Del Lago Golf Course in $5 each, or $100 for 25. Prizes range
Noon, Dining Facility Vail, Ariz., Oct. 30. from a pre-paid gas card, to two
Registration begins at 11 a.m. with round trip airline tickets to anywhere
a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. in the continental United States.
Oct. 9 - AATC Change The annual tournament raises To sign up, download the form
of Command funds to benefit Employer Support located on the 162nd Fighter Wing
for the Guard and Reserve, the public Web site at 162fw.ang.
Jimmy Jet Foundation, Wright af.mil.
Oct. 19-23 - WEPTAC Flight, Project Challenge, and the Sponsorship forms to sponsor a
162nd Family Readiness Group. tee box or a foursome may also be
Committee members, wing mem- downloaded from the site.
Oct. 25 - Haunted bers, family and friends are invited to Questions may be referred to the
Hangar participate; however, golfers should committee golf tournament organiz-
1 to 5 p.m. around sign up early since the tournament ers, Matthew Brogen at 576-8827,
is limited to 100 people. John Del Frari at 665-1633 or Tom
Tagra (building 15) and Entry fees are $125 per person Jones at 886-5495.
the Dining Facility.
Financial Management office
Oct. 30 - 162FW
Minuteman Committee customer service information
Golf Tournament Why signing in is important. finance-related documents.
Signing in when visiting the Upon pick up, FM staff will date
Nov. 13 - 162nd Fighter Financial Management office is stamp all documents deposited in the
important to customer service drop boxes. Incomplete or incorrect
Wing Minuteman because it assists office personnel forms found in the drop boxes will be
Committee Annual with tracking accountability of how left in unit orderly rooms for return
Banquet many customers are helped, the to the member.
squadron to which they are assigned Examples of forms will be located
and the purpose of their visit. on the Community of Practice link
Dec. 6 - Annual The office develops statistics based effective October UTA.
Awards Ceremony on the sign in data to determine the Here’s a direct link: https://
wing’s finance trends. afkm.wpafb.af.mil/ASPs/CoP/
It’s also a requirement for the ClosedCoP.asp?Filter=AN-FM-
office and will be an inspectable item XF-15
during the 2010 Unit Compliance Link via AF Portal: https://
Check Inspection. wwwd.my.af.mil/afknprod/ASPs/
162fw.ang.af.mil Drop boxes coming to squad- CoP/ClosedCoP.asp?Filter=AN-
for updates and To make service more efficient for Also, FM asks full-time wing
details on these and customers, the finance office will be members to conduct FM business
other wing events. installing drop boxes in every squad-
ron on base where members can turn
during the work week so that DSGs
may get prompt service on drill
in travel vouchers, orders and all weekends.
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El Tigre Briefs
Retiree remembered - original unit member
Rudy Lucero, who joined the Arizona Air National Guard in
unit as a member of the origi- Tucson.
nal 152nd Fighter Interceptor
Squadron, recently passed away.
The 162nd Fighter Wing Fall Blood Drives
expresses sincere condolences Give the “Gift of Life.” The
Rudy ser ved as a hydrau- to Rudy’s family and friends. He
lics technician and had a long next two 162nd Fighter Wing
will be missed by all who knew Blood Drives will be held here
and rewarding career with the him. Saturday, Oct. 3, and Saturday,
Dec. 5, with registration at
Personnel Flight’s new hours of operation building 15 (TAGRA), from 8
Effective Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please bring a
picture ID. Contact the wing’s
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday blood drive c oo rdi na tor,
6:15 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. to 1 0 a . m . t o 6:15 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. to at 295-6652 to make your
2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. appointment to save a life. For
more information visit http://
Issuing CACs/Dependent/Retiree/Contractor ID’s and Pin Resets www.givebloodgivelife.org/
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6:15 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. to CLOSED 6:15 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. to
1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. The 162nd Fighter Wing
*Drill/UTA Weekends* office, in conjunction with
- 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tucson Water, is proud to
- CAC/Dependent ID’s will be limited to DSG’s and their family or report that all of the drinking
full-time members who have expired / lost IDs water monitored on base in
*Night-Shift Personnel* 2008 met every standard for
- May call for an appointment if not available during established hours safe drinking water. To view the
*Dedicated Phone Line* Annual Drinking Water Report
- 520-295-7299/(DSN) 844-7299 visit http://www.162fw.ang.
- Provides general information to include CAC details, hours, location, af.mil/resources/newsnotes.
forms of ID, etc. asp.
We are overwhelmed and truly JEC Cake-Walk
Thank you humbled by the amount of gen-
erosity you have all shown us. It
The Junior Enlisted Council
will host a cake-walk booth at
is because of this wonderful and the Haunted Hangar Sunday,
On behalf of our family, we generous group of people, that we Oct. 25. Cake-walk success de-
want to thank everyone for their were able to pull ourselves and pends on donations of “baked
overwhelming support and gen- our family together in time for goods” from members of the
erosity after we lost our home our girls to return to school with 162nd and their families. JEC
and our possessions to a house minimal impact. asks that donated baked goods,
fire the evening of August 3rd. We are fortunate and so blessed homemade or store bought, be
Not a day has gone by that not only because no one was brought to the Network Con-
someone hasn’t stopped in with injured but also to have each of trol Center in Building 1 on
food, personal care items, cloth- you in our lives. Friday, Oct. 23. They may also
ing, school supplies, shoulders to be brought to the dining facil-
lean on, offers to watch the girls Thank you! ity on Saturday morning, Oct.
and the pets as well as so many 24. Contact Tech. Sgt. Heidi
other types of donations. Dave and Tara Davis Estes at 295-6173 for addition-
Fall 2009 162fw.ang.af.mil Page 25
Desert Rose Dining Facility Menu El Tigre
October November December
SATURDAY SATURDAY SATURDAY
Cost for AGRs & Officers $4.25 Holiday Meal Cost for AGRs Cost for AGRs & Officers $4.25
& Officers $7
Grilled Bratwurst w/Sauerkraut Roast Turkey * Meatloaf
Jagerschnitzel (veal with mushroom Honey Baked Ham Baked Chicken
sauce) Steamship Round O’Brien Potatoes
German Potato Salad Turkey Gravy Rice Pilaf
Buttered Noodles Savory Bread Dressing Brown Gravy
Broccoli Augratin Mashed Potatoes Succotach
Carrots Amandine Glazed Yams Mixed Vegetables
Green Beans Steamed Corn Green Beans
German Chocolate Cake Green Beans w/Mushrooms Chocolate Cake W/Chocolate
Apple Crisp Glazed Carrots Frosting
Pecan Pie Fruit Crisp
Dutch Apple Pie Chicken Rice Soup
SUNDAY STEAK FRY SUNDAY SUNDAY
Cost for officers $20, SNCOs $15 Cost for AGRs & Officers $4.25 Holiday Meal Cost for AGRs
Junior members FREE & Officers $7
Grilled Steaks Spaghetti w/meat or marinara sauce Roast Turkey *
Chicken Baked Chicken Honey Baked Ham
Pinto Beans Steamed Rice Steamship Round
Salsa Mashed Potatoes Turkey Gravy
Tortillas Gravy Savory Bread Dressing
Potato Salad Peas n Carrots Mashed Potatoes
Macaroni Salad Broccoli Glazed Yams
Assorted Cookies Cauliflower Augratin Steamed Corn
Assorted Beverages Chocolate Chip Cookies Green Beans w/Mushrooms
Yellow Cake w/ Chocolate Frosting Glazed Carrots
Vegetable Beef Soup Pecan Pie
SHORT ORDER & Dining Facility Hours
STANDARD ITEMS 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
EACH MONTH * “CHECK IT OUT PROGRAM” is an Air Force wide nutrition education program
implemented in Air Force-operated food facilities. This nutrition education program will
Grilled Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers consist of providing healthier food choice items for our patrons.
Grilled Chicken sandwich The menu is based on availability and is subject to change without notice. Try our recorded
Chicken Strips menu at 295-6460
Special ITEM TBD
French Fries Jimmy Jet Breakfast
Baked Potato Bar October Drill
Assorted Breads 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3
Assorted Desserts 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4
Jell-o Breakfast Burritos
Salad Bar w/Condiments * Coffee & Juice
Fresh Fruit At Buiding 15 (TAGRA)
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162nd Fighter Wing
El Tigre June Drill
2010 Unit Training Assembly
May 1-2 October 2-3
January 9-10 June 5-6 November 6-7
February 6-7 July 10-11 December 4-5
March 13-14 August 7-8
Fall 2009 162fw.ang.af.mil Page 27
Photo by James Haseltine, HIGH-G Productions
162ND FIGHTER WING PRSRT STD
ARIZONA AIR NATIONAL GUARD El Tigre
US POST PAID
1650 EAST PERIMETER WAY ANG PERMIT NO. 394
TUCSON AZ 85706-6052 TUCSON, AZ
AATC at work
The Air National Guard Air
Force Reserve Command Test
Center (AATC) tests munitions
on the the Goldwater Range,
Aug. 10-14. The Test Center will host the
2009 Weapons and Tactics Conference
(WEPTAC) here Oct. 19-23. See page 21
inside for details.
Photos by James Haseltine, HIGH-G Productions
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