163d Attack Wing

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

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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!

Expertly trained Air National Guard Professionals providing global mission capabilities and readiness to local, state and national leaders, now and into the future.

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.

163d Attack Wing Slideshow

WIng Commander

Col. Keith A. Chikasawa

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General Rice meets with one of the Air National Guard’s top recruiting teams lead by Master Sgt Vance Jackson. #ANG #CalGuard #163dATKW
The DANG addresses the men and women of the 163d ATKW in the historic March Field Theatre. #TeamMarch #MarchARB #163dAttackWing #CalGuard
The 163d ATKW Flying Training Unit instructors give General Rice a broad overview of the MQ-9 Reaper simulators. #Reaper #163dAttackWing #CalGuard #DirectoroftheAirNationalGuard
The future of Remotely Piloted Aircraft capabilities is born here in the Hap Arnold Innovation Center. #163ATKW #thegrizzlys #airnationalguard #CAANG #DirectoroftheAirNationalGuard #CalGuard
The 163d Attack Wing happily inducted their two new honorary commanders as part of the Team March Honorary Commanders luncheon on January 9th. Thank you to our community leaders for your support!
The 163d Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft has become a critical asset in California's firefighting operations since 2013. As several fires continue to rage in California, the Reaper has flown over 87 hours since their start, mapping the fire perimeters and aiding firefighters to help prevent hot spots from flaring up. #KeepingCaliforniaSafe #OneTeamOneFight #AirNationalGuard #CampFire #WoolseyFire #CAFires
A message from CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright to the members of Team March.
Check out the great things that 163d Airmen are doing at Innovative Readiness Training Ola de Esperanza Sanadora. Air National Guard Innovative Readiness Training #PuertoRico #AirNationalGuard #CalGuard #HumanitarianMission #163MedGroup #Grizzlys
Check out the 163d Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper and other Air National Guard assets on this upcoming weeks episode of MasterChef. #AirNationalGuard #CalGuard #Grizzlys #163AttackWing #MasterChef #USMasterChef #MarchAirReserveBase
163d Attack Wing Fights California Fires with Innovation
STORY: Remotely piloted aircraft from the 163d Attack Wing have become critical assets in California's wildland firefighting operations. The wing first flew fire support missions in 2013, and continues to support state agencies as they battle fires throughout California. #KeepingCaliforniaSafe #OneTeamOneFight #NationalGuard #CarrFire #MendocinoComplexFire #MendocinoComplex CAL FIRE | Cal OES | The National Guard | General Joseph L. Lengyel | Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard | United States Air Force
163d Security Forces defenders deploy in support of Northern California fires
VIDEO: An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft from the 163d Attack Wing, California Air National Guard, takes off from March Air Reserve Base, California, Wednesday morning, Aug. 1, to provide support for CAL FIRE, Cal OES and other agencies battling wildfires in Northern California. The MQ-9 provides first responders with a real time look at where and how a fire is burning. California National Guard | The National Guard | United States Air Force #KeepingCaliforniaSafe #NationalGuard #OneTeamOneFight #CarrFire #MendocinoComplexFire #NorCalFires #CAfires
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
Achievement deserves recognition! Our Commander gives his coin with a high-flying twist to ensure compliance with h… https://t.co/RFt8LqX3fj
This is how the California Air National Guard gets things done! #AlwaysReady #CAMeetTheMoment #COVID19NationalGuard https://t.co/NQBPr0XXsb
As more Guardsmen rise to meet the moment, remember that we’re here to help! #COVID19NationalGuard #CAMeetTheMomenthttps://t.co/aFbkucawhy
#CallingAllGrizzlys, let’s help spread the word for @CAPublicHealth. Tell those you know with a medical background,… https://t.co/ogllywxbCf
Though we couldn’t have an Air Show here with March Air Reserve Base that didn’t stop the high-flying action from f… https://t.co/bucWa6TmPg
Service before self; how the US Air Force is making a difference. https://t.co/H2T3abFZeF
RT @ChiefNGB: Thank you for all you are doing as we support our local, state & federal partners with this whole-of-America response to COVI…
A thank you is due for our men and women who work around the clock to welcome our citizens back. Thank you!… https://t.co/8u7rxLDWKN
Sending a shout out to the 163d Security Forces Squadron on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. #LEAD2020https://t.co/7Kss0lqCc9
Thank you 163d SFS for always being ready stepping up to the fight. https://t.co/pzrAgrRHVN
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
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