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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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Local Briefs May 17, 2013

Posted  May 16, 2013

Resume Review Fri, May 17, 1-4 p.m. The Airman & Family Readiness Center will be conducting free resume reviews today from 1-4 p.m. Experts will review your resume and listen to your 30 second business introduction — no appointment needed. For more information, call 228-5690. DMAFB Annual Career Month at Davis-Monthan AFB Tues, May 21,…

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755th keeps Compass Call jamming

Posted  May 9, 2013

How do you get a plane that weighs more than 100,000 pounds to get off the ground and keep flying? The 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here has been doing just that.

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Health & Safety

Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center seeks patients

Posted  May 9, 2013

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  – Airmen who are sick of living day to day with their glasses or contacts have an opportunity to leave them behind. The Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center at the David Grant USAF Medical Center here currently has no waiting list for laser eye surgery. Airmen in the western region who want…

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DLT raises money for the AFEV

Posted  May 9, 2013

The Desert Lightning Team is one of many sponsors raising money for the Air Force Enlisted Village at the upcoming 10th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic tournament at Eglin AFB, Fla., May 17-18.

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DOD counters Internet posts on religion issue

Posted  May 9, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Internet posts making the rounds claiming that the Defense Department will court-martial service members who espouse Christianity are not true, a Pentagon spokesman said today. “The Department of Defense places a high value on the rights of members of the military services to observe the tenets of their respective religions and respects, (and supports…

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New mobile app calculates torque settings on the fly

Posted  May 9, 2013

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The Air Force’s leading Instructional Training Unit (ITU) recently presented their newest product to Col. David W. Murphy, commander, 782nd Training Group, Air, Education and Training Command. Torqued, a mobile app The Griffin developed, allows Air Force maintainers, or anyone who uses torque wrenches, to calculate complicated torque settings on-the-fly. “It…

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SecDef calls for culture of dignity, respect

Posted  May 9, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – Allegations of misconduct against an Air Force officer in charge of the service’s sexual assault prevention and response effort underscored the importance of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s effort to prevent sexual assault across the military. Hagel began his Pentagon news conference Tuesday by discussing the incident in which the officer was arrested by Arlington…

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Deployed Airman loses 40 pounds, scores 99.8 on fitness test

Posted  May 9, 2013

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) – You want to get in shape during your deployment, but what does that mean? Do you want to lose weight or score better on your fitness test?

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Diamond Sharp May 2013

Posted  May 9, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Hughes, Ryan Matthew/ 755 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Brian Young Duty title: Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice When joined the AF: Jan. 17, 2012 Hometown: San Jose, Ca

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CoRC holds free event for DLT

Posted  May 9, 2013

The Culture of Responsible Choices provided a free Movie-in-a-Park event for Desert Lightning Team members here May 4, at Bama Park. The event was designed to provide an alternate fun activity for the DLT and their families.

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