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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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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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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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Local Briefs

Posted  January 10, 2013

Focus on Fathering Jan 11 to Mar. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn about child development, connecting with your child, parenting when you are apart, discipline and more. Eight different workshops will be offered. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Maximize Your Tax Refund  Jan 15, 10-11 a.m. and noon – 1…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 21, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students…

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Van Pooling, a less expensive way to get to work

Posted  December 21, 2012

Did you know that you could commute to work for FREE? Yes, your employer, the federal government, will provide up to $1,500.00 per year to cover your commute costs if you vanpool or ride the bus. Not only will you commute for free, but you’ll save on maintenance costs and wear and tear on your…

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Don’t break the bank this holiday season

Posted  December 21, 2012

The holiday season can often be an expensive time for Airmen. Buying gifts for family or friends can sometimes cause Airmen to find themselves in financial turmoil. Michael Starkey, Airman and Family Readiness Center financial counselor, shares some tips to help keep Airmen out of the red. “Holiday spending is sometimes wrapped around emotions,” Starkey…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 21, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Benny Crawford Family: Tashema: Wife; SaNya: 9 year old daughter; Nadya: 6 year old Daughter Hometown: El Paso, TX Unit: 355 Medical Support Squadron Job title: NCOIC BX Pharmacy Job description: Pharmacy Tech Most rewarding job aspect: Serving the 53K beneficiaries of our community Goals: Getting a bachelor degree Hobbies: Playing or watching…

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Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH rates

Posted  December 21, 2012

Washington (AFNS) — The Department of Defense released today the 2013 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Overall rates will increase an average of 3.8 percent this year. For members with dependents, average increases in BAH are approximately $60 per month. A typical E-6 with dependents, for example, will…

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Air Force leaders issue holiday message

Posted  December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following holiday message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: The holiday season is a perfect time to celebrate the many blessings…

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‘Bust through blues’ with positive attitude

Posted  December 21, 2012

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — At the end of each day, I ask myself: Is the universe a happier and better place because of my existence? I’m sure we’ve all had an experience like the one I had last week. I was waiting in line at the grocery store behind someone who was…

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Panetta orders review of child care hiring practices

Posted  December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered a review of hiring practices at Defense Department child development centers. Army officials announced yesterday an immediate investigation into hiring procedures at its child development centers nationwide after identifying potential problems with security background investigations for some CDC employees at Fort Myer, Va. “Secretary Panetta…

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‘Wreaths Across America’ honors fallen service members

Posted  December 21, 2012

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. – As thousands of volunteers fanned out here this weekend, placing holiday wreaths at the white headstones as part of the “Wreaths Across America” tribute, Sheila Patton kept vigil at one particular gravesite. Patton and her daughter stationed themselves at the grave of their son and brother, Army Staff Sgt. James…

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