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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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SecAF announces departure

Posted  May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley has announced his plan to step down June 21 as the Air Force’s top civilian after serving for nearly five years. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve with our Air Force’s great Airmen,” Donley said. “Their accomplishments have been nothing short of impressive and…

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Family servicemembers’ group life insurance benefit changes

Posted  May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. The change was effective Jan. 2, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, who heads the Defense Department’s SGLI policy office, said in an interview…

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Make paycheck go further

Posted  May 2, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – There’s an old business adage, “It’s not what you make, it’s what you spend.” Airmen of any rank can make their paychecks go further with a few money saving tricks. “Being frugal is about making a conscious effort to stretch your hard-earned dollars,” said Sandra Gray, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman…

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted  May 2, 2013

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) – Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have been perceived as a nerd. But, his brilliant mind and leadership skills now…

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Knowledge, tips help with PT test prep

Posted  May 2, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Physical fitness is a priority in the Air Force. While some Airmen dread taking physical fitness tests, there are ways to prepare for it. “One mistake I see from time to time are Airmen who do not prepare ahead of time for their physical fitness test, which can lead to either…

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Students tour D-M squadrons

Posted  May 2, 2013

First grade students from the Family Life Academy of Tucson paid a visit to the installation April 23. More than 20 students, along with family members, visited the 358th Fighter Squadron and the 55th Rescue Squadron to get an inside look at their mission. “It was around first grade that I decided I wanted to…

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First Lady announces certification plan for veteran jobs

Posted  May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – First Lady Michelle Obama today unveiled the new Information Technology Training and Certification Partnership to put thousands of service members to work with industry-recognized IT certifications in hand before they leave the military. Obama, who made the announcement at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing at the White House, said a…

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Air Force spouse’s children’s book helps families

Posted  May 2, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Deployments can mean long days and nights for the families who are left behind, but there are ways to ease the pain of separation and maintain a normal routine. The wife of an Air Force brigadier general, who knows the stressors of deployment well, has used her family’s experiences as the…

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What goes down the stormdrain will come up

Posted  May 2, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Do you know what is going down your storm drain? Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or lawns and send them into the storm drain system that eventually ends up in rivers, streams and lakes. Ultimately, these pollutants can migrate…

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Loving boyfriend or worst enemy?

Posted  May 2, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – Would you be strong enough to make it out alive? Staff Sgt. Evon Pretulak, 366th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity director, was one of the lucky ones who did. There are many reasons to join the military; however, for most, falling victim to domestic violence isn’t one of them. Never thinking…

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