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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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355th Component Maintenance Squadron

Posted  August 22, 2013

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron is made up of several shops on base that work together to fix many mechanisms of the A-10 Thunderbolt II and C-130H model aircraft. Airman David Rivera, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, works on a propeller. The 355th CMS fixes many components on aircraft stationed at D-M, mostly…

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WEAR versus RAP: Similar but different

Posted  August 22, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Should you WEAR it or RAP it? Well, that all depends. The We Are All Recruiters (WEAR) and the Recruiter Assistance Program (RAP) are two similar but different programs available to Airmen. Both programs are managed by Air Force Recruiting Service. WEAR WEAR is a permissive TDY program open to active…

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New ASVAB pretest available for applicants

Posted  August 22, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Applicants who hope to join the Air Force can now take the Armed Services Aptitude Battery pretest from any computer with internet access thanks to a new program. The Pre-screening Internet delivered Computer Adaptive Test (PiCAT) is an unproctored version of the full ASVAB that currently provides recruiters with the ability…

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LearningExpress offers continued education opportunities

Posted  August 22, 2013

A notification on the Air Force Portal announced Aug. 1 that the LearningExpress Library went Air Force-wide. LearningExpress is an online educational resource available to U.S. Air Force Airmen, retirees and dependents. Made available through Air Force Libraries, LearningExpress offers self-paced courses and tutorials ranging from elementary school to adult education. With the closure of…

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Local Briefs August 23, 2013

Posted  August 22, 2013

Claims Notice for Senior Airman Kier C. Kablitz Senior Airman Kier C. Kablitz of the 2nd Combat Weather Systems Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. passed away Aug. 9, 2013 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Maj. James Krischke, at…

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Critically Manned: military working dog handler

Posted  August 22, 2013

Military working dog handlers make up a small niche in the security forces career field. The handlers strictly work with K9s to provide security to military installations. Some of the main duties for the MWDs, as well as the handlers are detection and patrol. “We try to be out and as visible as possible,” said…

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Diamond Sharp August 23, 2013

Posted  August 22, 2013

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Michelle Renner 55 RQS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. David Argabright Duty Title: Intelligence Analyst When joined the AF: Feb. 22, 2011 Hometown: Georgetown, California Hobbies: Horses, Exercise, Cooking, Reading, Astronomy and Physics Selection Reasons:   Senior Airman Renner’s duty performance has been outstanding from day one. This has been reflected throughout her…

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Local Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  September 3, 2013

Jungle Journey Thursday, Sept. 19, 5-7 p.m. – Mirage Club at Ironwood & Craycroft St. An event you don’t want to miss! The Airman and Family Services Flight is hosting a FREE event for families, featuring bouncy castles, carnival games, arts and crafts, and entertainment. There will also be information tables with free resources on…

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D-M men’s varsity basketball to hold tryouts

Posted  September 3, 2013

The D-M men’s varsity basketball team is slated to hold tryouts Aug. 29-30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benko Fitness Center here. Active duty Airmen, civilian workers, and military dependents 18 years and older are welcomed to try out. Because the team rebuilds…

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Back-to-school time for Arizona kids

Posted  September 3, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Every August, thousands of children ages 5 to 18 begin once again using the streets early morning and afternoon. School is back in session, which means those morning and afternoon hours will be filled with school busses, teenage drivers and a lot of safety concerns. “This time can be exciting for…

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