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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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SAI offers low-cost activities to single Airmen

Posted  June 13, 2013

Outdoor Recreation here is giving Airmen an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities around Arizona through the Single Airmen Initiative program. SAI is an Air Force-wide program that allows each base a set amount of money during phases to provide Airmen an opportunity to have fun at a low-cost. There are 4 phases in year,…

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Tucson recognizes 612th AOC

Posted  June 13, 2013

A ceremony recognizing the 612th Air and Space Operations Center’s contributions to Tucson’s Adopt-a-Street program was held here, June 6. The 612th AOC adopted Kolb Road (from Golf Links to Escalante Road) in March of 2012 and have since performed more the 220 hours of regular cleanups. In addition, the organization has also taken on…

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Why enforce the standards?

Posted  June 13, 2013

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) – In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force instructions or technical orders. They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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355th Operations Support Squadron

Posted  June 13, 2013

The 355th Operations Support Squadron directs operational support functions such as base operations, air traffic control and intelligence. They also develop flying schedules for roughly 14,000 sorties a year. Staff Sgt. Amanda Villarreal, 355th Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned-officer-in-charge of wing scheduling, reserves air space for installation aircraft at Davis-Monthan on June 4. The map sitting…

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Financial aid available to Airmen

Posted  June 13, 2013

The Air Force Aid Society is helping Desert Lightning Team members meet needs in times of emergencies through the Airman & Family Readiness Center here. The AFAS offers many different programs to aid members, from loans and grants to child care for active duty, retired Air Force personnel and Air Guard or Reserve members. However,…

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Col. Maxwell: Goodbye to wing but not Arizona

Posted  June 13, 2013

Col. Edward Maxwell has spent much of his career serving the state of Arizona as well as his country. Although his service with the 162nd Fighter Wing has come to an end, his service to the state continues on. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer selected Maxwell to be the Assistant Adjutant General, Air Commander of the…

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Take Control of Your Air Force Career

Posted  June 13, 2013

The fiscal year 2014 retraining advisory is out. The purpose of the Noncommissioned Officer retraining program is to optimize the enlisted force structure to best meet the current and future Air Force requirements. The program consists of two phases. Phase one retraining gives Airmen identified from over manned Air Force Specialty Codes a chance to…

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Outbound Assignments office busy year round

Posted  June 13, 2013

D-M’s Outbound Assignments office deals with 650 to 900 assignments during the busiest permanent change of station periods. Though there are many steps, the process does not have to be very troublesome. “We only have six people working in assignments, and the number of assignments at any given time can get very difficult,” Cardnell said….

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Airman gets unusual gift along with dental cleaning

Posted  June 13, 2013

BETHESDA, Md. (Army News Service) – When Air Force 2nd Lt. Jennifer Szatkowski came to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a dental exam, she discovered an unusual coincidence that made her visit not-so-routine. While having her teeth cleaned May 3, she noticed two brown paper bags hanging on a bulletin board in the exam room….

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Local Briefs June 14, 2013

Posted  June 13, 2013

Focus on Fathering Friday, June 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center This is a new group for dads. Learn about child development, connecting with your child, parenting when you are apart, discipline and more.  Please RSVP at 228-5690. Hearts Apart Luau  Sat, June 15, 5-8 p.m. – Outdoor Pool Come out…

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