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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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Furlough Days expected to begin soon

Posted  July 5, 2013

With the upcoming furlough days there are several units which will now be open four days a week. The expected furlough days are scheduled to take place between July 8 and September 21. 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group- Closed on Fridays Airman and Family Readiness Center- Closed on Fridays Child Development Center- will maintain…

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Local A-10 pilot saves smoking aircraft

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chavalier A U.S. Air Force A-10 aircraft and its pilot sit on the flightline here May 23. Maj. Matthew Kaercher , 355th Operations Group fighter pilot, was flying an A-10 when he earned the Pilot Safety Award of Distinction for the 355th Fighter Wing and…

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Local Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 11, 2013

Changes to Early Intervention The referral process to the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP) has changed.  Families who have a child between the ages of birth and three who suspect a significant developmental delay (or have a known medical condition that will result in disability) can call 1-888-592-0140. Money on the Road Program Money on…

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Independence Day Celebration 2013

Posted  July 11, 2013

An Independence Day Celebration was held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, July 4. The event included private organization booths, games for families and a performance by the Desert Cadillac Band. A 25-minute firework display ended the celebration.   A family waits in line to buy mementos from the DMAFB Top 3 during the Independence Day…

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June 2013 Crime and Punishment

Posted  July 11, 2013

ARTICLE 15 ACTIONS During June 2013, D-M commanders administered seven Nonjudicial 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…

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Leap to your limits

Posted  July 11, 2013

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) – One of the lessons I carry around with me every day is something I learned from the jumping events in high school track and field. I was intimidated by the high jump. Unlike the long jump, where every leap into the sand pit could be measured and faults were not…

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Hot! Hot! Hot! Stay hydrated, cool, healthy this summer

Posted  July 11, 2013

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Temperatures are reaching the triple digits and the challenge is on to stay hydrated, cool and healthy. While staying indoors during the hottest hours or hitting the pool seems advisable, there are plenty of other things to keep in mind for yourself, your family and even the family pet. The risks…

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DeCA begins testing Internet-ordering, curbside pickup

Posted  July 11, 2013

FORT LEE, Va., – It’s called “CLICK2GO,” and Fort Lee, Va., commissary shoppers were the first to buy groceries online and pick them up at the store curbside when the service began Wednesday, July 10. In testing the new Internet-ordering and curbside pickup service at Fort Lee, the Defense Commissary Agency seeks to provide what…

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Arizona Airman inspired to run marathon

Posted  July 11, 2013

UKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – She was never a runner, and when she did run, it was during mandatory physical training sessions. One day someone challenged and inspired her to run more than she ever imagined. The moment Airman 1st Class Kristina Sanford, 607th Air Control Squadron radio frequency transmissions systems technician, crossed the finish line…

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Recent Academy grad now DOD’s top women’s triathlete

Posted  July 11, 2013

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) – Her heart beats faster and faster and beads of sweat drip down her face, as she sprints toward the finish line just seconds ahead of several other competitors. This race earned her the title of fastest woman triathlete in the Department of Defense. At the age of 15, 2nd Lt. Samantha Morrison,…

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