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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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Health & Safety

Live to ride, ride to live another day

Posted  May 30, 2013

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) –  Some memories are Kodak moments – the kind you want to recall again and again. Others are more sinister, hanging around unwanted, as a reminder of life’s darker side. One such ominous memory combines one of my greatest joys and my greatest fear into a valuable life lesson. On a beautiful,…

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Beware financial consequences: manage your money wisely

Posted  May 30, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – Starting in basic military training, through technical school, to their first duty station and beyond, Airmen are advised to stay in control of their finances. According to Air Force Instruction 36-2906, Personal Financial Responsibility, military members, “will pay their just financial obligations in a proper and timely manner.” Becoming financially…

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Commentary

His kind is that good

Posted  May 30, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The national news has been quite captivating lately. I’m referring to that astounding discovery of three young women – missing 10 years — in an otherwise ordinary Cleveland suburb. Because abductions don’t often result in such a positive outcome, this particular story was pretty wonderful. I just can’t help pointing out…

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Events

Exchange sweepstakes to give Ironman Hawaiian vacation

Posted  May 30, 2013

Foster Grant is partnering with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to offer military shoppers in the Continental United States an opportunity to win a trip for two to the Ironman Triathlon World Championship Oct. 12-13 in Hawaii. The winner will receive airfare, transportation and expenses for the trip. The approximate retail value of…

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Local

DISH now available at Exchange

Posted  May 30, 2013

Military shoppers looking for the most popular TV shows, movies, sports, news and other video entertainment can now subscribe to DISH Network through the Davis-Monthan AFB Exchange. Subscribers can benefit from Exchange-exclusive specials including a $10 per month discount for the first 12 months of services on a TV package and a $100 Exchange Gift…

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Warrior Web prototype takes first steps

Posted  May 30, 2013

A soldier carries a 61-pound load while walking in a prototype DARPA Warrior Web system during an independent evaluation by the U.S. Army. Warrior Web seeks to create a soft, lightweight under-suit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue common for Soldiers, who often carry 100-pound loads for extended periods over rough terrain. DARPA envisions…

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Events

Local Briefs May 31, 2013

Posted  May 30, 2013

Private Sector Resume Workshop Wed, June 5, 10-11:30 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Prepare for your next career!  We will cover topics including writing a resume for the private sector and successful interviewing skills. Please RSVP at 228-5690. USAJOBS Federal Resume Workshop Wed, June 5, 1-2:30 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center…

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Veterans

Memorial Day: Remember our veterans

Posted  May 24, 2013

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Civil War ended nearly 150 years ago on May 9, 1865, marking the beginning to a new era. However, many lives were lost during the more than four-year war; and, as a result, the Grand Army of the Republic established what was then called “Decoration Day” three years later on May 5, 1868….

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D-M houses Oklahoma aircraft during tornado

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier An E-3 Sentry sits on a ramp here May 21. The aircraft was diverted to D-M from Tinker AFB, Okla. because a tornado destroying a town about three miles south of Tinker. Six U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry and two U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M Airman to be honored as Father of the Year

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chad Brady, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, poses for a photo with his family in the 355th EMS conference room May 10. Brady is to be honored as the D-M Father of the Year in June 2013. Tech. Sgt. Chad Brady, 355th Equipment…

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