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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

Tobacco use harms military readiness, official says

Posted  September 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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Health & Safety

Your benefits: TRICARE standards and access to care

Posted  September 5, 2014

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) needs to be seen within 24 hours, an appointment will be made…

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Know your POV shipping entitlements

Posted  September 5, 2014

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Many service members may not know of their entitlements when shipping personal vehicles as they move overseas or return stateside, according to U.S. Transportation Command officials. “Our customers have reasonable expectations on the delivery of their vehicles,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul H. Guemmer. “I know I…

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D-M participates in Exercise BUSHWACKER 14-02

Posted  September 5, 2014

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier) A U.S. Air Force Airman of the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron signs out mobility gear to a deploying Airman during Exercise BUSHWACKER 14-02 at Davis-Monthan, Aug. 27. The exercise was implemented to test D-M’s operational readiness.   (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st…

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Sports

DoD announces U.S. military athletes for 2014 Invictus Games

Posted  September 5, 2014

WASHINGTON – Defense Department officials yesterday announced the names of almost 100 military athletes who will represent the United States at the first Invictus Games, which will be held Sept. 10-14 in the United Kingdom. The games are an international sporting event for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans and will take place…

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Office of Personnel Management announces eOPF upgrades

Posted  September 5, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Office of Personnel Management has announced recent upgrades to their electronic personnel filing system to provide smarter and more efficient service to employees. The OPM eOPF is a secure electronic personnel folder which provides civilian employees virtual access to their personnel records. This includes notifications of personnel…

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Summer safety campaign wraps up

Posted  September 5, 2014

Langley AFB, Va. — As summer wraps up and it becomes time to put away the jet skis and grills, it is important to remember that safety should remain a priority throughout the year. The summer safety campaign is intended to remind us that we cannot afford to lose focus on safety while on or…

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Local Briefs September 5, 2014

Posted  September 5, 2014

Society of Military Widows to meet Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. – Tucson Country Club The Society of Military Widows will have their luncheon and meeting at the Tucson Country Club on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be a joint luncheon with the Military Officers Association of America (M.O.A.A.).and will be attended by…

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PASM and AMARG set new record

Posted  August 28, 2014

The Pima Air and Space Museum and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group set a new record for tours administered in the month of July. The non-profit museum and D-M’s “Boneyard” brought in 2,060 visitors, surpassing the previous record of 1,740 set in July 2008. The PASM, run by the Arizona Aerospace Foundation, operates…

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Help make it possible

Posted  August 28, 2014

D-M is preparing to kickoff its annual Combined Federal Campaign Sept. 1. The CFC’s mission is to give federal employees the opportunity to promote philanthropy by supporting their favorite charities. There are more than 3000 national and international charities for federal employees to choose from. “Now, D-M members can give to any charity in the…

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