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At our Air National Guard Base located in Phoenix, AZ, our primary mission is providing In-flight Refueling to all US Armed Forces and allied nations' aircraft extending their flying range with the capability of transporting cargo, personnel and medevac operations.
The mission of the 161st Air Refueling Wing ""Copperheads"" is to provide core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force and the Air Guard. The 161st has positioned itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With the constant threat from around the world, the unit is prepared to go wherever needed, whenever called upon. Meeting the challenges of today with the technology of tomorrow, the 161st ARW will continue to operate with the high standards set in its rich history.