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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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421st FS pilots respond, work together in ‘amazing’ ‘non-incident’

Posted  July 5, 2013

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  – On June 11, a 421st Fighter Squadron pilot used all his previous flight safety training and then some, as he leaned on his wingman and his experience to respond to an in-flight emergency. During a four ship G-Awareness Exercise, at 9:35 a.m., Capt. Justin Ankenbruck discovered his control stick had…

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Desert medic chosen for commissioning program

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths Tech. Sgt. Pamela Jirsa, 355th Medical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the orthopedic clinic, applies a cast to a patients arm at the 355th Medical Group. Jirsa was accepted into the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program for the year of 2013. Not everyone gets to…

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Local Briefs July 5, 2013

Posted  July 5, 2013

Summary courts officer notice for Gabriel R. Garza It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. Gabriel R. Garza, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Capt. John R. Ware, 355th CMS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal property and…

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New facilities for new capabilities

Posted  June 27, 2013

You may have noticed some construction happening right off the intersection of Tempe Street and Phoenix Street. The sign outside proclaims it the HC-130J Aerial Delivery Facility, a project that has been ongoing since mid-2012.

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Air Force changes military funeral honors requirements

Posted  June 27, 2013

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Due to the impact of sequestration, the funerals of retirees will fall under an adjusted requirements policy for military funeral honors similar to that which is already used for veterans, an Air Force news release said. The adjustment was effective as of June 4. The seven member services for retirees when…

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D-M shows off its talent

Posted  June 27, 2013

Recently Airmen and members of the D-M community competed in a base talent show. Eight contestants performed before a crowd of about 110 people at the Mirage Club.

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Officials weigh resource priorities during sequester

Posted  June 27, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. – In light of recent budget woes, Defense Department officials are weighing resource priorities and moving toward the decision phase for the fiscal year 2014 budget, a Pentagon official said at the National Defense Industrial Association National Logistics Forum in Arlington, Va., June 14. During the strategic choices management review designed to plan a timeline over the…

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Commentary

‘Lucky’ people take personal responsibility for their own success

Posted  June 27, 2013

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFNS) – “She’s so lucky! He has all the luck!” Just like you, I hear these phrases thrown around from time to time. I’ve often been taken somewhat by surprise when I hear one of these comments. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are times when truly random events of good fortune…

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Generate earnings: It pays to invest

Posted  June 27, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Though it’s impossible for money to grow on trees, by investing and with time it can multiply. An investment is the commitment of money or capital used to purchase financial instruments or other assets to gain profits in the form of interest, income or appreciation, said James Knuckles, 56th Force Support…

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Lone female gunner aims high

Posted  June 27, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Fresh out of training, Airman 1st Class Natasha Libby, 66th Rescue Squadron aerial gunner, is the only female aerial gunner assigned to the 66th RQS.

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