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A photo of aircraft flying over Tucson

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II and an F-16D Fighting Falcon fly over Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020. The aircraft were a part of a four-ship formation that flew over a variety of local police stations, medical centers and other establishments in recognition of the efforts of front line workers that are working around the clock to keep Tucson and its families safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

A photo a four-ship formation performing a flyover.

Two U.S. Air Force F-16D Fighting Falcons assigned to the 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, and two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs assigned to the A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team and 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, fly over Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020. With the combined 45 years of connected history in Tucson, the 162nd and 355th WG dedicated the flyover to all essential personnel front line workers and first responders who have continued to support the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

A photo of a civilian watching a flyover.

A Tucson civilian watches a flyover in Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020. The flyover was performed by Two U.S. Air Force F-16C/D Fighting Falcons assigned to the 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, and two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs assigned to the A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team and 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The units dedicated the flyover to salute the medical professionals, law enforcement and restaurant employees, and their unified and strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

A photo of a four-ship formation performing a flyover.

Two U.S. Air Force F-16D Fighting Falcons assigned to the 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, and two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs assigned to the A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team and 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, fly over Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020. With the combined 45 years of connected history in Tucson, the 162nd and 355th WG dedicated the flyover to all essential personnel front line workers and first responders who have continued to support the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

A photo of first responders record and watch a flyover.

First responders record a flyover at St. Joseph’s Hospital parking lot in Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Air National Guard dedicated a four-ship flyover to front line workers and first responders in appreciation of their devotion to helping local communities stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A photo of a nurse recording a flyover.

A St. Joseph’s Hospital registered nurse records a flyover over in a parking lot in Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020. Aircraft from the U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, 355th Wing and 162nd Wing performed a flyover over Tucson for front line workers and first responders to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the local community during of the global COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A photo of medical professionals wave at aircraft during a flyover.

St. Joseph’s Hospital staff members wave at aircraft as they pass them during a flyover in Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Air National Guard dedicated a four-ship flyover to front line workers and first responders in appreciation of their devotion to helping local communities stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A photo of first responders recording a flyover.

First responders record a flyover at St. Joseph’s Hospital parking lot in Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Air National Guard dedicated a four-ship flyover to front line workers and first responders in appreciation of their devotion to helping local communities stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A photo of a retired service member and front line worker record a flyover.

A retired U.S. Navy service member and front line worker records a flyover in Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020. Aircraft from the U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, 355th Wing and 162nd Wing performed a flyover over Tucson for front line workers and first responders to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the local community during of the global COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --

Aircraft from the 162nd and 355th Wings performed a flyover for Tucson, Arizona, May 14, 2020.

The 162nd and 355th Wings teamed up to execute a flyover in recognition of the efforts of front line workers that are working around the clock to keep Tucson and its families safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “This is something the entire base wanted to do,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Drowley, 355th Wing commander. “We are so closely aligned with the city of Tucson. It is our way of saying thank you to our first responders, medical professionals and civic leaders that have been working throughout this COVID-19 fight. The fact that we get to partner with the 162nd Air National Guard and execute this means a ton to us and we hope it means everything to them.”

The A-10 Demonstration Team flew alongside another A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 355th Wing and two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Arizona Air National Guard.

“We are very proud to be able to participate and show the community how much we support them and that we are in this together,” said Col. Allen Kinnison, 162nd Operations Group commander. “We hope that they [front line workers, medical professionals and others] know how much we support them just like they have supported the armed forces for so many years and giving back is really important to us.”

The event included a flyover of several different medical centers, fire stations, police stations and city halls throughout Green Valley, Sahuarita, Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley.

“My wife and the front line workers out there for COVID, something we’ve never experienced before, are just out there doing the job,” said Maj. Cody “SHiV” Wilton, A-10 Demonstration Team pilot and commander. “They’re working hard and putting everything they have into it.”

As the state begins to reopen, new practices and procedures must be put in place and these professionals are leading the county towards our “new normal” to ensure our state and national security. Davis-Monthan is proud to stand alongside and work with these heroes as we continue to fight the virus and maintain readiness.  

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