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One big (really big) family portrait at the 162nd Wing

What family doesn’t have a portrait? In what was arguably the greatest collection of Arizona military talent assembled in recent memory, 162nd Wing members – nearly 1,300 of them – converged at the Tucson International Airport to be captured on digital imagery Oct. 5. For Col. Phil Purcell, commander of the 162nd Wing, the decision…

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Pedro 66 survivor defines resiliency

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) — When the combat rescue helicopter Pedro 66 was brought down by enemy fire June 9, 2010, in Afghanistan, retired Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera thought his life was over, literally. “I thought my last job as an aerial gunner was to make sure that the aircraft and everything around us burned…

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BMT trainees complete last run on closing obstacle course

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas  – Air Force basic military trainees completed the obstacle course at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for the last time before it closed Sept. 24. A new course, called the Leadership Reaction Course, was integrated into Creating Leaders, Airmen, and Warriors – or CLAW – mission at basic expeditionary Airmen’s training, also known…

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When responding to surveys, check to ensure they’re official

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Airmen around the world are asked to respond to many surveys, some of which are official and legitimate. Others, however, are not official and Airmen should not respond to them. According to Renee Tealer of the Air Force Survey Office, Air Force Personnel Center, Airmen typically get three types…

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Airman uses LEAP experience to enhance AFSOUTH mission

The U.S. Air Force is made up of a diversely talented group of people whose personal skill sets often enhance their careers; one Davis-Monthan Airman is using his language and culture skills to support a unique Air Forces Southern mission. Capt. Kawika Berggren, a C-130 navigator by trade and a fluent Spanish speaker, who is…


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Salutes & Awards

66th RQS honors PEDRO 66 crew

Posted  June 13, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -  — The 66th Rescue Squadron took a step on June 10 to ensure that their fallen comrades will never be forgotten, during a ceremony where they named three roads after Airmen who died exactly three years ago in the Sangin District of Afghanistan. The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, call…

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Events

Local Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted  June 20, 2013

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Fri, June 21 & 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Mark Gungor talks about how to improve your marriage by understanding your spouse.  Please RSVP at 228-5690. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Tue, June 25, 9-10 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn why…

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World

Father and son duo share deployment together

Posted  June 20, 2013

BAGRAM AIR FIELDS, Afghanistan – If people were to look at the last names, they wouldn’t be able to tell these two Air Force members were father and son, but for the last 18 years they have been inseparable, even on a deployment.

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Health & Safety

The cost of medicine

Posted  June 20, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  – Service members can save money by filling prescriptions at a local military treatment facility, while also saving the government a significant amount of money. According to statehealthfacts.org, an estimated 3.8 billion prescriptions were filled in the United States in 2011, costing Americans more than $271 billion. The total nears $300 billion…

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World

Fighter squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

Posted  June 20, 2013

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) – The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, here, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service. The squadron employed the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the closure signals the end of A-10 operations in Europe. “For 71 years, the men and women of this fine squadron have ensured America’s…

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Local

May 2013 Crime and Punishment

Posted  June 20, 2013

During May 2013, D-M commanders administered six Non-judicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct or fails to…

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755th AMXS

Posted  June 20, 2013

The 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron provides war-fighting commanders with combat ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft to expeditiously execute information warfare and electronic attack operations. Airmen from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron familiarize themselves with the EC-130H. The Airmen are recent technical school graduates, and are receiving on the job training. Airman from the 755th Aircraft…

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Official explains tuition assistance quality assurance program

Posted  June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  – To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill June 12. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick E. Vollrath said new…

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Air Force removes six career fields from constrained list

Posted  June 20, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Six enlisted career fields will be removed from the career job reservation constrained list, while 17 others will see lower quotas, beginning June 15, Air Force Personnel Center officials said June 13. The career job reservation program enables the Air Force to manage the number of first-term Airmen who reenlist…

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Health & Safety

Drowning: You probably have no idea what it looks like

Posted  June 20, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – In two recent examples of vigilance, Air Combat Command Airmen have discovered that drowning isn’t always accompanied with shouts and thrashing. Victims sometimes slip silently beneath the water, or struggle to the point of exhaustion without raising an alarm.

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