September Meeting Photos

On 12 September 2019, we held our monthly meeting at the Dobson's Restaurant at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona.  Our guest speaker was Col Patrick Donaldson, the 161st Air Refueling Wing Commander.  He gave a highly informative briefing about the current demands on the military and the limited resources to cover all the worldwide missions.  He also discussed the impacts of the high operations tempo on the military members and their families.  In addition, he talked about the shortage of tankers in this region related to the increased Air Force and Marine F-35 training out of Luke and Yuma.  Our members and guests thoroughly enjoyed Col Donaldson's very educational talk!

Click here for Col Patrick Donaldson's Biography.


Our members and guests enjoyed Col Donaldson's talk.


Col Donaldson discussed the need for more tankers.


The 161 ARW flies the KC-135R.

The 161 ARW is on the Goldwater ANG Base.


Col Donaldson & Mom were thanked by Flt Capt Stookey.

The 161st Air Refueling Wing 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.

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