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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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DEERS locks down access to some information updates

Posted  May 16, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Base identification card issuing offices will no longer be able to manually correct or update certain types of personnel information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 9. DEERS is the system used to enroll Airmen and their eligible family members for an…

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DARPA seeks bold, imaginative, innovative officers

Posted  May 16, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency needs eight motivated officers for the fiscal 2013 Service Chiefs’ Fellows Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Application packages for the three-month program, which begins in September, are due to the AFPC officer developmental education branch by May 31, said Master Sgt. Teresa Dixon,…

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Wearing leadership

Posted  May 16, 2013

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – “Six-thirty-third Air Base Wing Public Affairs, Senior Airman – I mean, Staff Sgt. Denton speaking.” It happened again and again without fail. I had to correct myself every time I answered my office phone. It was more than a little frustrating. However, as unnerving as it was, my mistake also made me…

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Health & Safety

Pediatric patients eligible for messaging health application

Posted  May 16, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS)  – The Air Force Medical Service is now registering children in its web-based secure messaging health application, MiCare. MiCare allows beneficiaries to communicate securely and privately with their health care teams anywhere and anytime. The secure tool is now available to more than 70 percent of Air Force bases, with the…

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Identifying seven signs of terrorism

Posted  May 16, 2013

Every day we see signs of unsafe acts and bad driving habits by ordinary folks. Some common examples would be people walking or jogging late at night without reflective clothing in the same direction as the traffic flow or people talking on cell phones, eating fast food or reading maps while driving, but can you…

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Angel Thunder: Korean War POW offers perspective

Posted  May 16, 2013

Fusilier Derek Kinne, a prisoner of war during the Korean War, helped bring realism to the start of Angel Thunder 13, with his opening remarks to the 500 participants. Kinne was awarded the George Cross Medal for valor he showed in withstanding torture at the hands of the Chinese Communist forces during the Korean War….

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April 2013 Crime and Punishment

Posted  May 16, 2013

Article 15 Actions: During April 2013, D-M commanders administered 17 Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct or…

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SOC launches new SOS distance learning curriculum

Posted  May 16, 2013

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  – With the demands of career and family obligations, completing officer professional military education can be a challenge. Today’s technology makes it possible for students around the globe to enroll in and complete the courses they need in the locations and times that work best for them. With this in mind, Squadron…

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DM Airmen ruck for vets

Posted  May 16, 2013

Members of the D-M community participated in the annual Rucking for Vets event at the Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Vail, Arizona, May 11. Rucking for Vets is a grass roots effort led by local D-M Airmen. The goal is to raise money in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. The event consisted of over…

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Army Reserve aviation unit participates in Angel Thunder

Posted  May 16, 2013

An unlikely aviation partner in the Air Combat Command-sponsored Exercise Angel Thunder was the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment from the U.S. Army Reserve. Units from California, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Kentucky converged at here to form an Aviation Battalion Task Force with five CH-47D Chinooks, eight UH-60L Black Hawks, three HH-60M MEDEVAC Black Hawks,…

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