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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

MARANA, Ariz. – The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Into the wild blue yonder

The Military Personnel Exchange Program allowed a Sailor to switch places with an Airman, giving the Sailor a chance to experience the Air Force. Navy Lieutenant Commander Eric Anderson, 354th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, transferred from the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. for a three year tour…

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: 12th AF Airmen Conquer Hard Charge

A team comprised of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Airmen and their civilian counter parts recently boosted morale by participating in the Hard Charge Televised Obstacle Mission held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson on March 29. According to the Hard Charge website, the purpose of the event was to raise both money and…

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USMES provides a starting line for beginning athletes

Every work area has at least one. One person who brings their lunch to work neatly packed into plastic containers. The same person changes into their fitness apparel at work before they leave for the gym. You may ask yourself “How does someone achieve that level of dedication toward being physically fit?” It starts with…


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Subject matter experts work together to enhance base security

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin Master Sgt. Kurt Lugar, 355th Security Forces superintendent, looks over a map of Tucson with a team of subject matter experts. Lugar and the SMEs are planning ways to defend base assets from possible threats. With millions of dollars worth of assets, the Air Force…

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Diamond Sharp September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Daniel O. Trudeau / 355 CES First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Bill Fortenberry Duty title: Structures Shop Chief When joined the Air Force: Nov. 19, 2002 Hometown: Onawa, Iowa Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, old Chevy muscle cars Selection Reasons: Tech. Sgt. Trudeau is one of Civil Engineering’s most stellar NCO’s. He led his…

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Same-sex spouses eligible for join spouse, accompanied assignments

Posted  September 6, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force military members with same-sex active duty spouses are now eligible for join spouse assignment consideration and those with a civilian same-sex spouse are now eligible for command sponsorship consideration, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Following a June 26 Supreme Court decision finding Section 3 of…

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AF tuition assistance application window delayed for FY14

Posted  September 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Airmen applying for tuition assistance in fiscal 2014 will see several changes in both eligibility for and administration of the program. Due to these changes, the application window for classes beginning on or after Oct. 1 will not open until Sept. 9 to allow for system updates. This program is applicable to Guard and…

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Airmen make a difference with Awana

Posted  September 6, 2013

Courtesy Photo Awana volunteers play a game at Davis-Monthan. Awana volunteers can be spouses, services members or DoD employees. Are you looking for a way to serve your community in a positive way? The Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed group may be the thing for you. The organization derives its name from the Bible verse…

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America’s warriors compete

Posted  September 6, 2013

The subjects of this story have chosen to omit their full names for operational security. One percent of the American population joins the military, and an even smaller percentage of that number serves in special operations forces. Being part of such a distinctive career field brings with it a certain set of survival and triage…

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Airmen to be nominated for special duties

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural on Jan. 11, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Assignment to base honor guards will now be a vetted nomination process. LANGLEY AFB, Va. – Approved changes to the Air Force special duty program will…

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Local Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 15, 2013

355 EMS Munitions Flight to conduct inventory assessment NOTICE TO ALL MUNITIONS FLIGHT CUSTODIANS/CUSTOMERS: The 355 EMS Munitions Flight will be conducting a 100% Munitions Stockpile Inventory Sept. 13. Only Emergency requests submitted in writing and approved by the MXG Commander will be supported. Direct any questions to Munitions Operations at 228-8274. Youth Flag Football…

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New bone marrow clinic opens at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center

Posted  September 15, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center took a step forward in the assistance of bone marrow treatments across the world by opening a bone marrow clinic. Of the 30,000 people in need of a bone marrow transplant each year, 500 are Department of Defense members. “By establishing the program here,…

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Stay focused, don’t punch out

Posted  September 15, 2013

Military aircraft go through vigorous inspections, daily, to ensure air crew safety, but what happens when an aircraft experiences malfunctions during flight? One D-M Airmen was faced with this situation.

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