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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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F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing

Posted  November 30, 2012

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — The F-35 Lighting II, Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26, when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first time a weapon communicated with the…

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Airman embraces Native American culture, traditions

Posted  November 30, 2012

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — As a young girl who grew up on the reservation in Fruitland, N.M., one Airman remembers happy ceremonies, traditions and family get-togethers. She spoke a different language, had a large extended family and lived in an area that was more than 90 percent Native American. Tech. Sgt. April…

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Surviving the holidays with Commanders

Posted  November 30, 2012

As physical training failures have been on the rise Air Force wide, several commanders on D-M took the opportunity to become better informed about the services provided to help their Airmen not only pass their PT tests but also improve their overall health. The Health and Wellness Center conducted a Commander’s 101/Surviving the Holidays health…

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Warrior of the Week: November 26, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Airman 1st Class Ashley Lovelace Family: Husband Zak Hometown: Bakersfield, CA Unit: 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron (355th Operations Support Squadron) Job title: MPC intelligence analyst Job description: Wing Intel in the Mission Planning Cell (MPC) for the 455 EOSS. Provides ATO Flow analysis, analyzes Joint Tactical Air Requests submitted by ground forces, and builds…

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Commentary: My journey back to normal

Posted  November 30, 2012

Between August 2009 and March 2010, I lost myself during my deployment to Afghanistan. I remember coming off the airplane and seeing my family and knowing that my world would never be the same again. It took me almost 1.5 years to put my life back together. My family and co-workers greeted me coming out…

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Military-to-Civilian skills credentialing pilot underway

Posted  November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – After completing an analysis of industry and employment trends, the Defense Department has embarked on a pilot program to help service members obtain civilian professional credentials, the department’s director of training readiness and strategy told reporters today. Frank C. DiGiovanni said five occupational areas were selected for the pilot program — aircraft mechanic,…

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Military OneSource connects troops, families to resources

Posted  November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — As the Information Age continues to shape modern communication, the Defense Department has revitalized and consolidated the Military OneSource website to better serve military members and their families, a Pentagon official said in a recent interview. Zona Lewis, military community outreach online and resource operations manager, told the Pentagon Channel and American…

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Airmen learn swing dance at The Loft

Posted  November 30, 2012

Looking for something fun to do? Why not try out some swing dancing classes Thursday evenings from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Loft. The class is led by Airman 1st Class David Brogdon. He’s been teaching swing dancing for about four months. “I learned how to swing dance six and a half years…

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D-M hosts A Starry Snowy Southwest Night

Posted  November 30, 2012

Davis-Monthan hosted the ninth annual A Starry Snowy Southwest Night event in the base chapel parking lot Nov. 27. A Starry Snowy Southwest Night is a free event for anyone with base access. The event had many festivities for children, such as 50 tons of snow, hot chocolate, cookies, hayrides, a tree lighting, and photos…

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357th Fighter Squadron – Pilots in Training

Posted  November 21, 2012

The 357th FS mission is to train pilots to plan, coordinate, execute, and control day and night close air support, battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance in support of friendly ground forces. Airmen from the 357th Fighter Squadron walk to their aircraft. 1st Lt. Eric Calvey, 357th Fighter Squadron, reviews maintenance records. The first step in the…

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