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STEP above the rest

Posted May 8, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Nathan H. Barbour

Courtesy photograph Tech. Sgt. Rachel Merriman, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman, receives her promotion certificate at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 19, 2017. Merriman was hand-selected by her leadership to be promoted through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program. Staff Sgt. Rachel Merriman, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman at Luke…

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Taking care of people earns spotlight

Posted September 9, 2016 by 1st Lt. Lacey Roberts

It is common to see a first sergeant spotlight the accomplishments of outstanding Airmen while remaining in the shadows, but this time the spotlight is on the Arizona National Guard's Senior Master Sgt. Jack Minaya as the Air National Guard's Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year.

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D-M lodging up for Innkeeper Award

Posted May 26, 2017 by Senior Airman Ashley N. Steffen

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ashley N. Steffen Airman Zachary Stratton and Cristina Byrd, 355th Force Support Squadron guest service representatives, confirm a reservation at the Air Force Inns at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 19, 2017. The guest service desk takes reservations, checks guests in and out of lodging, and provides directions…

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Remembering 9/11

Posted September 17, 2016 by

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers Members from the Tucson Highlanders Pipes and Drums Scottish Pipe Band performs during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 9, 2016. The band played “Amazing Grace” to honor those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks….

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MOH recipient saves lives on, off battlefield

Posted June 2, 2017 by Courtesy of Military Health System Communications Office

A man who courageously fought the enemy on the battlefield and received the Medal of Honor for his gallantry has a new fight: erasing shame from those seeking help after a tragedy. “I want to help remove the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress, which is really an instinctive, reflective response of the body and mind…

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First commander’s final celebration

Posted October 21, 2016 by 1st Lt. Lacey Roberts

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing family gathered to celebrate the life and memory of retired Maj. Gen. Donald E. Morris during a ceremony in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 14.

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Airmen stop woman from jumping off bridge

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Ron Mullan

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. ­— What started as an ordinary day for three Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base soon turned into anything but ordinary. Their quick reaction and application of the Air Force’s wingman concept saved a life May 10. Capt. Justin Phelps and 1st Lt. Camden Rogers, 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron,…

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From NCO to CGO

Posted October 24, 2016 by Airman Nathan H. Barbour

Around this time in 2015, Caroline Rodriguez was serving in the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She still serves today, but in a slightly altered uniform and has assumed much more responsibility.

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SSgt STEP above the rest

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class Nathan Barbour

Staff Sgt. Rachel Merriman, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman, was recently promoted to the rank of technical sergeant, but she didn’t receive her stripe in the usual fashion. Merriman was hand-selected by her leadership to be promoted through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program. She promoted on April 18, just two days after…

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Hometown Heroes II

Posted November 4, 2016 by

Army Master Sgt. Augustin D. Munoz Arrived for duty to assume responsibility as the first sergeant for the U.S. Army State College Recruiting Company, State College, Penn. Munoz is the husband of Antoinettte R. Munoz of State College. He is a 1992 graduate of Cholla Magnet High School in Tucson. Benjamin D. Roth Was selected…

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