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Tennessee Air Guard Remotely Pilots MQ-9 From California
June 28, 2023
On June 7, 2023, an MQ-9 Reaper landed in Tennessee for the first time. Using a new system for the MQ-9 called “Satellite Launch and Recovery” and with a 118th Wing Tennessee Air National Guard pilot and sensor operator sitting at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, the plane flew from California to Smyrna Airport.

California Airmen complete readiness training exercise
May 16, 2022
Airmen of the 163d Civil Engineer Squadron, California Air National Guard, tear down tents and store equipment during exercise Grizzly Thunder 22-3 at March Air Reserve Base, California, May 14, 2022. Grizzly Thunder was a continuation of a deployment training exercise from late 2021, dubbed Grizzly Lightning.

163d Airmen train on readiness in Exercise Grizzly Lightning
October 4, 2021
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Thompson, 163d Logistics Readiness Squadron material management specialist, grabs a helmet for a service member during a deployment training exercise at March Air Reserve Base, California, Oct. 2, 2021. The training exercise, dubbed Grizzly Lightning, is phase one of a three-phase process.

163d Attack Wing navigates a DOMOPS perfect storm
September 25, 2020
An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft flown by 163d Attack Wing pilot Lt. Col. Paul Brockmeier, with sensor operator Master Sgt. Anthony Martinez, over the smoky San Gabriel Mountains of southern California on the way to a fire mission in northern California in late August 2020.

163d innovators nominated for top Air Force honors
September 10, 2020
The Air Force nomination of the 163d Attack Wing's Hap Arnold Innovation Center (HAIC) recognizes, among other criteria, "replication of the innovation across the Air Force enterprise." Here, left to right, Alion program manager Doug Witherspoon, HAIC director Maj. Jason Flowers, and senior adviser to the director Lt. Col. Michael Baird share best practices with Lt. Col. Kevin Dacy and Col. Ryan Ayers, part of an MQ-9 Reaper team from the 119th Wing in Fargo, North Dakota, that visited the center in December 2019.

NY, California, Texas wings compete in load off training
August 19, 2020
Weapons crews from Texas and California traveled to the 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in New York for a training competition with New York Air National Guard Airmen Aug. 10-13, 2020.