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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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Health & Safety

Anonymous crime tips possible with mobile app

Posted  April 5, 2013

QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) — Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air…

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Lt. Dan Band gives free show at D-M

Posted  April 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore Gary Sinise leads an ensemble of military children in clapping during a performance by the Lt. Dan Band. The band gave a free show for the Desert Lightning Team and community.   U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore Members of the Desert Lightning…

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What If

Posted  April 5, 2013

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — How many of us can truthfully say they don’t have regrets? I’m talking about the times you have asked yourself, what if? What if I had taken those college classes? What if I had worked a little harder toward making rank? What if I had capitalized on an opportunity…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will…

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Giving back to those who served

Posted  April 5, 2013

Courtesy Photo U.S. Air Force retired WWII veteran Mr. Thomas Perrow and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sammie Ervan, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron pose for a photo while being welcomed home at the Tucson International Airport March 28. Both Perrow and Ervan participated in Honor Flight Southern Arizona where they toured national monuments of wars…

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AF reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp

Posted  April 5, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jessica Nail / 612 AOC (CPD) First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jennifer Wampler Duty title: ATO Production Technician When joined the AF: Aug. 16, 2011 Hometown: Cambridge, Illinois Hobbies: Soccer, Playing musical instruments, and Auto-mechanics Selection reasons: Airman Nail was nominated for the Diamond Sharp Troop Award because she singlehandedly produced the…

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Hurts one, affects all

Posted  April 5, 2013

Courtesy Photo Vickie Jo Ryder, 355th Fighter Wing sexual assault response coordinator, educates an airman about Sexual Assault Awareness Month at here April 2. The Desert Lightning Team is hosting several events in support of SAAM. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin) The Desert Lightning Team is hosting several events in support…

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Women’s History Month Series: Tech. Sgt. Marie Garcia

Posted  April 5, 2013

Of the more than 300 Airmen in the 355th Security Forces Squadron here, there are only 25 females. Tech. Sgt. Marie Garcia, 355th SFS noncommissioned officer in charge of plans and programs, is one of those females.

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Medic shows courage after rocket attack

Posted  April 5, 2013

Three weeks after arriving to her deployed location in Afghanistan, insurgents showered then-Tech. Sgt. Angela Blue’s base with 80-millimeter mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun fire.

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