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Call signs represent more than name

Posted December 12, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Maybe the most familiar call signs known to the movie-going public are “Maverick,” “Iceman” and “Goose,” call signs for pilots in the movie “Top Gun.” And just like in the movies, fighter pilots in real life have call signs, too. The origin of pilot call signs is mysterious, but how pilots…

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D-M Airman defuses situation downrange

Posted April 10, 2014 by Senior Airman Jacob Morgan

One of the biggest defense mechanisms of any expeditionary air base is the ability to launch aircraft to neutralize threats. Several 380th Air Expeditionary Wing agencies are charged with getting air operations back up and running as soon as possible should the flightline or runway be attacked. The 380th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal…

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Motivated to save lives

Posted July 31, 2014 by Senior Airman Gregory Ferreira

Airmen assigned to the 162nd Wing showcased their medical deployment skills during a decontamination exercise July 15 at the medical facility here. The decontamination, DECON, exercise lasted two days and consisted of three scenarios that evaluated Airmen’s abilities to perform in-place patient decontamination, IPPD. “We do the exercise to show we are capable of working…

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F-16 Alert Launch

Posted April 12, 2012 by

Since September 2001 “Operation Noble Eagle”, part of the 162d Fighter Wing, has been a 24-7 alert rapid reaction force dedicated to preventing an attack on the United States. These Airmen and F-16s scramble at a moment’s notice to ensure aerospace control over more than 225-thousand square miles – including Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado…

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25th OWS keeps heads in the clouds

Posted May 3, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

The 25th Operational Weather Squadrons is one of three weather squadrons who forecast weather in the United States. After completing a seven-month technical training course at Keesler AFB, Miss., Airmen come to the 25th OWS for two years of on-the-job training before going...

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Wilmot gate slated to re-open

Posted June 28, 2012 by 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Wilmot gate is slated to be re-opening on July 9. In addition, the last day that Gate 29B will be open is July 6. Gate hours for the Wilmot gate are the same as the Swan gate (5:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

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Civilians must schedule use or lose leave before Dec. 1

Posted November 16, 2012 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The 2012 civilian employee leave year ends Jan. 12, 2013, and Air Force Personnel Center officials remind civilians that those who have more than the maximum carryover hours of annual leave on that date risk losing their leave. The maximum carryover ceiling is 240 hours for stateside employees,…

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Broken Equipment? AFREP can fix it!

Posted February 7, 2013 by Senior Airman Saphfire Cook

In most offices, there’s a closet, probably known as “the back”, where electronics go to die. This keyboard won’t read common access cards anymore? Put it in the back. The printer keeps jamming? Put it in the back. Pretty soon “the back” is filled with malfunctioning electronics that will soon be taken to Defense Reutilization…

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Local Briefs May 24, 2013

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Summer Camp for Youth with Autism There is still time left to register for Tucson Alliance for Autism Summer Day Camps.  The Explorer Camps are for children ages 7 to 14 with high functioning autism.  The focus will be on leisure skills, social communication, friendship and fun.  The Wildcat Teen Camp is for teens ages…

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IDC puts Airmen in control

Posted September 15, 2013 by Senior Airman T. Moore

The Installation Dormitory Council, here, is giving Airmen the opportunity to take control of the quality of life on the dormitory campus. The IDC is an organization designed to allow several Airmen representatives the opportunity to present ideas and concerns that affect the living standards of dorm residents directly to the base leadership. “This is…

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