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Benko hosts monthly 5K

Posted June 13, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

The Benko Fitness and Sports Center here hosts a 5K run once a month for Desert Lightning Team members. The fitness center holds these runs to encourage Airmen health and morale. A 5K is five kilometers, or 3.1 miles. The runs are usually held on Sunglow Road, located right inside the Swan gate. The most…

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Torch lighting kicks off 2013 Warrior Games

Posted May 16, 2013 by Shannon Collins

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) – The 2013 Warrior Games began May 11, when Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder, with the help of Prince Harry and Olympian Missy Franklin, lit the official torch during the event’s opening ceremonies at the U.S. Olympic Training Center here. From May 11-16, more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from the…

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Former Airman now NBA pro

Posted April 18, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings

EALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) – The court was shining and cameras flashing as a crowd of thousands gathered in the Sleep Train Arena to watch the Dallas Mavericks duel the Sacramento Kings April 5.

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From wings to water

Posted March 7, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Hollie Hansen

Royal Netherlands Air Force Lt. Col. Maurits Schonk will be competing in the Gaastra 52 World Championship regatta off South Beach in Miami, Fla., taking place March 4-9. Known to many at the 162nd Fighter Wing by his call sign, “Skunk,” Lt. Col. Schonk is a lifelong sailor, “I started doing small regattas in a…

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‘Citizen Soldier’ to compete in local MMA championship fight

Posted February 28, 2013 by 1st Lt. Angela Walz

The first thing I noticed was the cut above his left eye and the puffiness that gave it an askew appearance. “Yo, Adrienne!” came to mind, but I pushed the thought away, shook his swollen hand and offered a somewhat apologetic smile. Tech. Sgt. Michael Parker, an F-16 jet engine mechanic at the 162nd Fighter…

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Go for a ride with Outdoor Recreation

Posted January 24, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

Looking for a new way to enjoy Tucson? Mountain biking is a great way to explore the local area as well as a good workout. Outdoor Recreation offers bikes to rent and occasionally teaches a mountain bike & maintenance course. “The course teaches Airmen how to take care of a bike, change a tire, shift…

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Get fit, boot-camp style

Posted October 11, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths

Every Thursday morning at 6 a.m. the Benko Fitness Center holds a boot camp class for all individuals on base. The cost of the class is three dollars for a one hour session.

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D-M 50 hosts a night of fun and football

Posted September 20, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The annual D-M 50 Univer-sity of Arizona game and tail-gate provided food and fun for military members and their families Sept. 15 at University Mall. More than 2,000 members of the Desert Lightning Team could be found at the corner of University Boulevard and Campbell Road on Saturday, where the D-M 50 provided a buffet-style…

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D-M Airman leaves other drivers in the dirt

Posted August 29, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Michael Washburn

For most, driving is a mundane day-to-day necessity. For Senior Airman Christopher Olson, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron fuel systems journeyman, driving for him is a much more thrilling endeavor.

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Arizona National Guard Soldiers compete in Army Combatives Championship

Posted August 16, 2012 by S.L. Standifird

FORT HOOD, Texas — Two soldiers are locked, nose to nose, in a fight to gain the upper hand. Each move and counter is calculated on the fly, much like a physical chess match…

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