Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from sunrise to sunset in honor of Maj. Gen. Owens who joined the Arizona Air National Guard as a private in 1952. During his career, he served as Commanding General of the Arizona Air National Guard and Commander of the 161st Air Refueling Group, among other positions. He was named Adjutant General in 1983, and faithfully served in this role until his retirement in 1994. Maj. Gen. Owens was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.