12 September 2019, we held our monthly meeting at the
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
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
Col Donaldson discussed the need for
The 161 ARW flies the KC-135R.
161 ARW is on the Goldwater ANG Base.
Col Donaldson & Mom were thanked by Flt Capt Stookey.
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.