The 161 ARW flies the KC-135.

Order of Daedalians
P.O. Box 11261
Chandler, Arizona 85248

The 161 ARW is on the Goldwater ANG Base.


9 May 2019
11 April 2019
14 March 2019
7 Feb 2019
10 Jan 2019


Thursday, 12 Sep
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner

Col Pat Donaldson,
Commander, 161 Air Refueling Wing,
Arizona ANG
(click for biography)

The 161st Air Refueling Wing.
Dobson's Restaurant
at the Dobson Ranch
Golf Course,
2155 South Dobson Rd, Mesa (480-644-2600).
(click for map)

Meat Loaf Wellington,
Panko Chicken,
or Sea Bass.
(they all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
$25 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual.

Summer Break
12 Sep: Meeting
16 Sep: Staff Mtg
10 Oct: Meeting
14 Oct: Staff Mtg
14 Nov: Meeting
18 Nov: Staff Mtg
12 Dec: Meeting
16 Dec: Staff Mtg

Page updated: 22 May 2019

Click for info on the Daedalians' seal.The Order of Daedalians honors, as its Founder Members, all WW I aviators who were commissioned as officers and rated as military pilots no later than the Armistice on 11 November 1918. It perpetuates their names as the first to fly our country’s airplanes in time of war. The Daedalian’s membership of commissioned, warrant and flight officer military pilots and WASPs, with its worldwide network of Daedalian Flights and its comprehensive awards program, supports the military services and other aerospace activities. The Awards and Scholarship Programs of the Daedalians encourage patriotism, integrity, and good character in our nation’s youth; military careers as commissioned pilots; safety of flight, and excellence in the performance of military duties. The Daedalian Foundation’s scholarship program also promotes study in aerospace disciplines.  For more, visit their web site: (Note: Willie Flight 82 is a tax exempt 501(c)(19) organization.)
RELATED INFORMATION:  The 161st ARW was first established as the 197th Fighter Squadron in 1946.  It’s members were, and are still, known as the “Copperheads.” Their mission transitioned to air refueling in 1972 and the unit eventually grew to be the wing it is today. The 161st evolved into a powerhouse for mobility operations and a primary source of air refueling support in the Southwest. It is organized to transition smoothly between state and federal missions. The crews and equipment are seamlessly interchangeable with any active duty unit. Click for 162 ARW fact sheet.

Arlan Allen, Gary Zettl, Frank Stookey, Ron Diedrichs, Art Stark, and Bill Follette.

      Elected Officers:  
          Flight Captain: Frank Stookey, USA Retired (biography)
          Vice Flight Captain & Audio-Visual: Art Stark USAF Retired
          Treasurer: Bill Follette, USAF Retired
          Scholarships Chairman: Gary Zettl, USAF Retired
          Provost Marshal: Ron Diedrichs, USAF Retired
      Appointed Staff:  
          Flight Adjutant: Arlan Allen, USA Retired
          Elements Coordinator & Chaplain: Tom Waldron, USAF Retired
         Assistant Treasurer: Jim Vanedeventer, USAF Retired
         Assistant Scholarships Chairman: Gerry Homewood, USAF Retired
          Assistant Audio-Visual: Kurt Gearhart, USAF Retired
          Biographies: Gary Klein, USMC Retired
          Publicity & Membership: Pat Dooley, USAF Retired

Normally, Willie Flight 82 meets monthly, September through May, on the second Thursday of the month, but the date can change (see calendar left).  The dinner meeting social hour starts at 1800, with dinner served about 1900, followed by a speaker -- we're usually finished by about 2100. Meeting location and other information are shown in the left column
Reservations are made by contacting the appropriate Element Leader listed in the monthly newsletter.


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