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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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Avoiding retreat is cowardly

Posted  July 18, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) – It was one of the first beautiful days in a very long while in and around Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia. Rain was predicted, but I was hoping it would hold out until I completed the walk to my on-base residence. As I was about to walk out…

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Find a reason to quit

Posted  July 18, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – I smoked my first cigarette on a random day during technical training, and I admit to my own dismay, it was completely because of peer pressure. Months later when the ritual became less of a bonding experience with my friends and more of a habit, I was confronted with the reality…

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Combat Air Forces resume flying

Posted  July 18, 2013

Combat Air Forces units from multiple commands, including the 354th Fighter Squadron here, began flying again this week after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration. The restored flying hour program represents Congressional action on the $1.8 billion overseas contingency operations reprogramming action made peacetime dollars available. The Air Force Council…

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Special Victims’ Counsel provides advocacy, support for sexual assault survivors

Posted  July 11, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – In continuing the war against sexual assault, the Air Force recently established the Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) Program, designed to give sexual assault survivors legal assistance in navigating the criminal justice system with help from lawyers trained to handle their unique needs. The SVCs provide direct legal advice to clients throughout…

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New manual covers mentoring program

Posted  July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – A new Air Force manual that provides detailed information on mentoring within the Air Force, including the definition, program benefits and objectives, has been published. Air Force Manual 36-2643, Air Force Mentoring Program, incorporates information from, and supersedes, AFI 36-3401, Air Force Mentoring Program. “Effective mentoring is an excellent tool to ensure Airmen continue…

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All-day water outage scheduled for July 26

Posted  July 11, 2013

There will be a water outage here July 26, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance. The following buildings will be affected by the outage: 7101, 7391, 7401, 7199, 7213, 7406, 7431, 7425, 7427, 7438, 7435, 7437, 7408, 7428, 7405, 7506, 7505, 7508, 7420, 7818, 7819, 7823, 7824, 7825, 7815, 7822, 7801,…

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Spreading the Air Force story at home

Posted  July 11, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE, Miss. – The Recruiter Assistance Program is a way Airmen can both give back to the Air Force in a unique setting and see family essentially for free, and it’s allowed to all active-duty Airmen. Having Airmen bring the Air Force story to their hometown by assisting the local recruiter can be vital. “I…

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AF leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Posted  July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian Airmen face involuntary furlough…

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D-M’s Vet Clinic not just for military working dogs

Posted  July 11, 2013

The Veterinary Clinic here doesn’t just provide care for military working dogs, but also for the Desert Lightening Team furry friends at home. The Vet Clinic provides services for active duty, guard, reserve and retiree pets. “As long as you’re military and use the Medical Group Clinic on base, you can use our facility for…

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AF firefighting aircraft repositioned

Posted  July 11, 2013

BOISE, Idaho (AFNS) – The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center here, has directed the repositioning of military Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System aircraft from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Mesa, Ariz. “The weather and progress on the ground have helped us in the Four Corners region,” said Col. Charles D. Davis III, the commander…

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