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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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Rescue Group Airmen pull hiker from Arizona mountain range

Posted  May 30, 2013

Airmen from the 943rd Rescue Group here set out in a HH-60G Pave Hawk for a training mission May 22, when they were notified that a hiker was unconscious from a fall and needed help. The aircrew flew back to base, offloaded their weapons, fueled up, and picked up a Guardian Angel team, special operators…

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D-M receives last A-10s out of Europe

Posted  May 30, 2013

Five A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft arrived here from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 23. The A-10s were part of the 81st Fighter Squadron, which will be inactivated in June. The event marks the removal of all A-10s stationed in Europe. D-M has received multiple A-10 aircraft from Spangdahlem during the last few months. These aircraft…

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Salutes & Awards

DLT Airmen selected for promotion

Posted  May 30, 2013

Seventy-eight Desert Lightning Team Airmen here were notified May 23 that they have been selected for promotion to the rank of master sergeant. Air Force-wide there were 20,528 Airmen eligible for promotion to the senior noncommissioned officer tier. The selection rate was 18.71 percent resulting in 3,841 eligible technical sergeants being promoted. The promotes are:…

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Health & Safety

101 Critical Days of Summer kicks of season of safety

Posted  May 30, 2013

FORT EUSTIS, Va.  – With summer almost here, it will soon be time to uncover boats, dust off motorcycles, take a dip in the pool, go for a hike or just lie in the sun enjoying the outdoors with the smell of barbeque in the air. Unfortunately these beautiful summer days come with increased hazards and…

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Commissaries plan for Mondays furlough

Posted  May 30, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. (AFPS) – When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week on Mondays, the Defense Commissary Agency’s top official said. The closures will be for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. “We know that any disruption in commissary operations will impact our patrons. “Also, we understand…

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What’s your Air Force relationship status?

Posted  May 30, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) – How are things between you and the Air Force these days? Would you say the two of you are in a committed relationship? Are you happy with the Air Force? Is the Air Force happy with you? Are either of you thinking of ending the relationship? These may sound like…

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Dedication to the fallen

Posted  May 30, 2013

When U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Moon was a young child, he dreamed of becoming a U.S. soldier and always wanted to be a sniper. He did not have anyone in his immediate family who served, but knew distant family members who served in the armed forces. Marsha Moon, Christopher Moon’s mother, said he was a…

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D-M completes Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week

Posted  May 30, 2013

D-M concluded its quarterly Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week on May 23. The week’s activities were focused on highlighting safety, resiliency and the social pillar of CAF and started with a wing run, followed by a wingman scavenger hunt where teams of four had to work together to find information and objects related to CAF’s social…

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355 SFS battle for top shot

Posted  May 30, 2013

Approximately 40 Airmen competed in a shooting competition, here May 17. It provided Airmen the chance to display their skill and accuracy with the M9, the standard sidearm of the U.S. Air Force since 1985. The competition is part of this year’s Police Week and is traditionally held between Airmen from the 355th Security Forces…

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Seven Summits team reaches peak of Mount Everest

Posted  May 30, 2013

On May 19, the U. S. Air Force Seven Summits team reached Mount Everest, the highest point of the world, 29,035 feet. This success marks the first time a team of military members from any nation has reached all seven summits: Mount Elbrus in Russia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount McKinley…

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