163d Attack Wing

The 163d Attack Wing is a tenant unit at March Air Reserve Base, Moreno Valley, California.

Core Values
As a premier Total Force Wing, we embrace the US Air Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do!

Vision
To be expertly trained Air National Guard professionals providing global mission capabilities and readiness to local, state and national leaders, now and into the future.

Mission
To be one team providing dedicated, disciplined and diverse Guardsmen ready to defend our state, nation and local communities from any threats that compromise the safety, security and well-being of our citizens and allies.

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A 163d Physician Risked His Neck to Save a Leg—and Maybe a Life A Houston man is “walking around” today because Capt. William Sherman took nature’s dare. August 19, 2017: Dr. William Sherman, a flight surgeon with the 163d Attack Wing, paced his corporate apartment in Houston, eyes fixed on the “bedlam” of Hurricane Harvey shaking the windows, with an agonizing decision to make. He’d just returned from a 24-hour surgical shift at nearby St. Joseph’s Hospital, having already fulfilled the first duty first-responders by evacuating his wife and children to the home of relatives in Georgia, leaving him to focus on the pending disaster, undistracted by worry about his own family’s safety. Now it was time to consider the oaths he’d sworn as a physician and an officer in the California Air National Guard’s 163d Medical Group, a unit to which he’s remained loyal, despite living in Galveston and practicing at the University of Texas Medical Center there. Sherman wasn’t due back at St. Joseph’s until the following week, but the hurricane—on its way to tying Katrina as the most destructive tropical storm in U.S. history—taunted him with each 100 mile an hour howl: Now, or never. Sherman chose “now.” He threw all his belongings on the top shelves of closets, unsure of what condition his apartment would be in when he returned. Sherman’s truck had 35 inch tires, so he methodically tried every route he could think of, only retreating at the sight of men wading through water up to the waist, houses flooded up to the fifth step of their stoops, and an abandoned police car, the water already enveloping the trunk. Finally, he fought his way to the elevated trolley tracks running through the Texas Medical Center campus, flooded by a mere two feet. After two hours, he’d made all of the six miles to the hospital, a trip typically traversed in a half hour, on a bad day. Only one other physician had made it in. Normal staffing at St. Joseph’s on a weekday? 20 doctors. For the next five days, the two doctors handled every surgical emergency, every potential Code Red, Black and Blue, not to mention the critical care of those unfortunate patients stuck in the intensive care unit. One 25-year old Houston man would need Sherman most. Harvey mercilessly swept his car into 16 feet of water. The interior flooded as the vehicle sunk. Gasping what he thought might be his last breath, he desperately kicked through the windshield and made it to the surface. But that cost him what Sherman would later clinically call an “open left bimalleolar ankle fracture.” The man courageously dragged himself a mile and a half through sewage-contaminated water until, likely on the verge of collapse, he flagged down a guy who drove him to the hospital in a garbage truck. Yet another crisis loomed. By the time the man was literally dumped at St. Joseph’s, and examined by Sherman in the emergency room, he wasn’t a garden-variety shattered-ankle case. He was in danger of losing his whole leg, if not his life. At the very least, Sherman saw that if the man was ever going to use his ankle again, he’d need an orthopedic surgeon, and neither of the doctors manning every ward of the hospital had that specialty. So Sherman (trained in general, critical care, burn, and thoracic surgery) consulted with an orthopedic surgeon by phone, and a representative of the Stryker medical-device company that makes the “external fixator” needed to stabilize the ankle, managed to make it to St. Joseph’s to advise. At that point, Sherman accepted what in combat would be called a “field promotion.” The hospital granted Sherman emergency permission to operate outside his specialty area, perform a procedure he’s never tried, a gutsy move. Throughout the night, Harvey surrounding the hospital, Sherman reduced the bone fragments, debrided the necrotic (dead) tissue, placed the complex “X-fix” external fixator device, then packed the wounds with antibiotic beads and applied a wound-vac (a negative-pressure dressing). Three hours later—Sherman jokes that a “real” orthopedic surgeon could have done it in an hour—the man was out of danger, with a harrowing tale to tell. “Capt. Sherman is the quintessential physician and flight surgeon,” says Col. Martin Louie, commander of the 163d Medical Group. “This story shows his love of community, and it says a lot about his humanity.” “And this story is a great example of leadership as a physician,” Louie continues, “because you can take dire circumstances, take the knowledge you learned previously, and somehow morph that into something usable—take unknowns make them into a known you can use.” Stryker, which has a military-sales division, made Sherman’s success into a national campaign, eventually reuniting him with his patient. “He’s not back to being a star athlete,” Sherman says. “He’ll have some disability for the rest of his life. But he’s functioning, and rarely has pain. It was nice to see him walking around.” A Houston man is “walking around” today because Hurricane Harvey dared Capt. William Sherman. And Harvey lost. Story by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Solman
A brief look into the work that the Airmen of the 163d Attack wing constantly perform to support our great state of California.
#USAToday featured a story on the 163d’s mission at the #ThomasFire The MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft has been helping firefighters battle the wild fires raging across Southern California. #OneTeamOneFight #KeepingCaliforniaSafe #CaliforniaFires #Grizzlys #163AttackWing #AirNationalGuard #CalGuard
Our MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft have been supporting firefighters battling the #ThomasFire and other wildfires burning in Southern California. CBS Los Angeles stopped by to check it out. Air National Guard Air National Guard Director CAL FIRE Cal OES #OneTeamOneFight #KeepingCaliforniaSafe #CaliforniaFires #CaliforniaWildfires General Joseph L. Lengyel
Members of the 163d Attack Wing celebrate Halloween at March Air Reserve Base, Oct. 31, 2017. The wing traditionally allows its personnel to wear costumes for the day. (Air National Guard photo by Airman Michelle J. Ulber) #HappyHalloween
Defenders from the 163d Security Forces Squadron are working hard in Santa Rosa today.
Get your questions ready! Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard is hosting a Facebook LIve Town Hall Saturday morning, 8 a.m. PST. Follow his page for more information.
#FlashbackFriday: In honor of the #WorldSeries, we're resharing this photo of Los Angeles Dodgers great Steve Garvey, who came out for a flight with us in the 1980s. #Game3 #Dodgers #Astros
If you're near the base this weekend, March FSS is presenting the second round of Oktoberfest with a Smashing Pumpkins tribute band, food, and fun for kids! The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday. #TeamMarch March Air Reserve Base
"The oath is not a limitation. It’s a starting gun. You have not sworn to do what so many brave men and women have done before. You’ve sworn to do what no one has done before." – #MondayMotivation from PACE Profession of Arms Center of Excellence
#ThrowbackThursday to Aug. 2, 2003, when 163d members tackled the wing's CE Games. Do you have a favorite CE Games memory? We'd love to hear it. Please share below!
When #NorCalFires took down cell phone service and forced Californians to evacuate their homes, Airmen from the 163d showed up to help. Air National Guard Director #WineCountryFires #CalGuard #KeepingCaliforniaSafe #OneTeamOneFight #CALFIRE #CalOES
Today we said farewell to 163d Attack Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Dana Hessheimer, and welcomed our new wing commander, Col. Sean Navin. Here's a look back at Brig. Gen. Hessheimer's road to his new role as the California National Guard's new Director of the Joint Staff. Air National Guard Director #KeepingCaliforniaSafe
One of our MQ-9s took off this morning to continue helping civil authorities battle the #NorCalFires. California National Guard #KeepingCaliforniaSafe
VIDEO: An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft from the 163d Attack Wing, #CalGuard, takes off Aug. 1, from… https://t.co/HitOnVlXYW
Our comm and emergency mgmt Airmen are helping evacuees from #NorCalFires. #KeepingCaliforniaSafe #winecountryfires https://t.co/FTDyzeNuLM
Grizzlies are actively working to support civil authorities fighting #NorCalFires. https://t.co/8ryIFJkCDk #CalGuard #winecountryfires
Dr. Heather Wilson, @SecAFOfficial, got a first-hand look at MQ-1 and MQ-9 #RPA ops last week @CreechAFB. https://t.co/zexYmNYdkV #UAV #USAF
RT @usairforce: #BreakingNews: #CMSAF Wright announces major changes to the Enlisted Professional Military Education Program. https://t.co/…
Great feature on one of our 163d officers! #CitizenAirmen https://t.co/qX3dMOQNL6
@AvWeekGuy Thanks for spending time with us today.
@jorrelv Thanks for coming out and spending time with us today!
RT @jorrelv: #TeamMedina at the 163rd Attack Wing Media Day for the arrival of the MQ-9 Reapers!… https://t.co/EJPwCKTgGX
RT @theCaGuard: Veterans, don't miss the 6th Annual Veterans Forum hosted by Congresswomen @gracenapolitano & Judy Chu June 17 in Azusa. #C
Will "dwell time" push MQ-9s to the next level? Former @USAF_ACC /CC thinks so. https://t.co/vs4ZwlEFLK #Innovation #RPA
Ward & McDonald presented "163d Attack Wing, UAS needs, capabilities and requirements" to group of nearly 200 ppl from UAS/defense sectors.
163d Vice Commander Col. Ward & Col. Christopher McDonald of @USAirForce HQ were featured speakers at #UASWest this afternoon.
"We can do all kinds of things with these systems, and they really are amazing," - Col. Erik Drake of @USAF_ACC today at #UASWest #UAV
RT @chrisdpeckham: Nothing walks, rolls, flies, or floats without an unmanned wingman... This is the future #UASWest #UAV Lt Col Tory Burge…
At #UASWest in San Diego. BG LeBlanc, RCAF, keynote re: unmanned sys. & ISR "Every CoCom (combatant command) says we want more."
Many thanks to @RepMarkTakano and @KenCalvert for attending our innovation showcase and Hap Arnold Center dedication yesterday.
RT @KenCalvert: Just visited the Hap Arnold Innovation Center at March Air Reserve Base to talk about how private sector innovators can he…
Good storm preparation reminder from @RiversideOEM. #CAwx #RIVwx https://t.co/JWzFR0Hr2x