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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

MARANA, Ariz. – The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Into the wild blue yonder

The Military Personnel Exchange Program allowed a Sailor to switch places with an Airman, giving the Sailor a chance to experience the Air Force. Navy Lieutenant Commander Eric Anderson, 354th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, transferred from the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. for a three year tour…

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: 12th AF Airmen Conquer Hard Charge

A team comprised of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Airmen and their civilian counter parts recently boosted morale by participating in the Hard Charge Televised Obstacle Mission held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson on March 29. According to the Hard Charge website, the purpose of the event was to raise both money and…

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USMES provides a starting line for beginning athletes

Every work area has at least one. One person who brings their lunch to work neatly packed into plastic containers. The same person changes into their fitness apparel at work before they leave for the gym. You may ask yourself “How does someone achieve that level of dedication toward being physically fit?” It starts with…


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AF officials reschedule MilPDS upgrade

Posted  January 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Originally slated for December of last year, Air Force officials will perform a major upgrade to the Military Personnel Data System, or MilPDS, in March. The Air Force Personnel Operations Agency here will upgrade and transfer MilPDS to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center. The project…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  January 18, 2013

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Mykal D. Sequeira / 355 LRS First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. John Skaggs Duty Title: Air Terminal Service Representative When Joined the AF: February, 2003 Hometown: Converse, TX Hobbies: Working out, education, and electronics Selection Reasons: – Airman Sequeira is always going above and beyond his duties as an ADP Deployment Instructor….

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Boots On Boots Off

Posted  January 11, 2013

D-M hosted “Boots On Boots Off” at Desert Lightning City, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Dec. 10, 2012. The event was a joint effort between D-M, the Naval Reserve Center and the local chapter of Operation Military Kids.

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DFAC slated to reopen January

Posted  January 11, 2013

The dining facility is tentatively scheduled to reopen sometime in January. With the DFAC reopening, Airmen living in the dorms will lose their Basic Allowance for Subsistence. December was the last month for the Airmen to collect BAS, and are advised to prepare themselves financially. Tech. Sgt. Ebony Leach, Airman Dorm Leader, said “Each Airman…

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358th FS to participate in deployment exercise

Posted  January 11, 2013

Personnel, including instructors and B course students, from the 358th Fighter Squadron are scheduled to deploy in support of Green Flag-West Jan. 11 through Feb. 5. Green Flag-West is an air and land integration combat training exercise held at Nellis AFB, Nev. It is a close air support and Joint exercise administered by the U.S….

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Warrior of the Week December 24, 2012

Posted  January 11, 2013

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class William R. Stressman Family: Single Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, MI Unit: 563rd OSS Job title: Aircrew Flight Equipment Journeyman

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AF to provide dedicated legal counsel to sexual assault victims

Posted  January 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — A new Air Force pilot program designed to provide legal assistance to victims of sexual assault will begin later this month. The Special Victims’ Counsel Program will give sexual assault victims legal assistance and help them navigate the criminal justice system with lawyers trained to handle their unique needs. “It takes a…

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Fiscal cliff legislation affects military, civilian paychecks

Posted  January 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — The legislation President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 postponed the fiscal cliff and means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said today. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years during the “tax holiday” the rate was 4.2 percent. The…

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Warrior of the Week December 31, 2012

Posted  January 11, 2013

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. Lueras Family: Jessica Lueras (wife) Sophia Lueras (daughter 7) Jayden Lueras (son 4) Aramis Lueras (son 2)

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Be the leader you deserve

Posted  January 10, 2013

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — We all know that the New Year brings resolutions that typically revolve around better health and fitness, paying off debt or competing educational goals. What about making a resolution to be a better leader? Vince Lombardi said, “Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity –…

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