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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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QR code streamlines work order submittals

Posted  September 3, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore An Airman uses a free application to scan a quick response code at D-M, Aug. 22. The Unaccompanied Housing Office here has implemented a QR code system, which allows Airmen to immediately submit work orders about discrepancies around the dormitory campus. The Airmen Dormitory Leaders at…

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Crossing into the Blue

Posted  September 3, 2013

Staff Sgt. Bradley Rector, 25th Operational Weather Squadron senior duty officer, served in the U.S. Marines for 10 years before crossing into the blue. Rector joined the Marines in 1999, in his early 20s. Young and determined, no one could change his mind. After Marine boot camp, Rector was stationed at Marine Corp Air Station…

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Meet D-M Staff Sergeant’s roller derby alter-ego: Judo Gnomi

Posted  September 3, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier Staff Sgt. Hilary Middleton, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician (center), prepares to start a bout with the Tucson Roller Derby in Tucson, August 10. During a bout, players try to keep members of the opposing team from getting past them and…

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All things happen for a reason

Posted  September 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Most think that we have complete control over what happens next in our world. Life can always throw obstacles at us where we have to adapt and overcome. At times we can feel as if the whole world is about to crumble in front of us. To be able to make…

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CSAF: Every Airman matters, each story is important

Posted  September 3, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – There are more than 690,000 Airmen serving in the U.S. Air Force, and according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, each one is critical to the Air Force mission and each one has story to tell. As outlined in the Air Force vision, “every Airman, regardless of specialty, must…

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Women’s Equality Day and Rosie the Riveter history

Posted  September 3, 2013

In 1971 at the request of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), the U.S. Congress designated Aug. 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women…

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Undergrad flying training applications due in November

Posted  September 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Eligible active duty officers interested in undergraduate flying training must apply by Nov. 29 to be considered by the UFT selection board, which convenes here Jan. 14, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The board will review candidates for fiscal year 2014/2015 training requirements in the…

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Apply before Sept. 30 for tuition assistance

Posted  September 3, 2013

LANGLEY AFB, Va – Airmen across Air Combat Command can now apply for Military Tuition Assistance for classes beginning on or before Sept. 30, 2013. For college courses beginning in October, service members must wait for approvals of the MilTA program, which are under review at the DoD level.  Currently, there is no estimated time on when new MilTA guidance will be available,…

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99-year old female vet receives VA benefits

Posted  September 3, 2013

Courtesy Photo Dr. Perez-Padilla, Chief of the Primary Care Line at SAVAHCS, and Sophie B. Yazzie On August 17, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System hosted a Health Fair focused on female military members and veterans, and according to Pepe Mendoza, PA official for SAVAHCS, the most extraordinary thing happened. Sophie B. Yazzie, 99-years…

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Two D-M Airmen receive invites for All-Air Force Men’s Softball team

Posted  September 3, 2013

Two Airmen here received invites to try out for the All-Air Force men’s softball team. Technical Sgt. Matthew Lemay, 355th Security Forces Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Steven Lasseson, 355th Maintenance Group, are slated to attend team tryout camp from Aug. 22 through Sept. 13 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. For Lemay, a utility player,…

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