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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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Salutes & Awards

“These things we do that others may live”

Posted  September 19, 2013

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron will be awarded medals Sept. 20 at the 55th RQS at 2 p.m. The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor and the Air Medal with Valor will be presented to eight Airmen for their actions during a contingency operation. While deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, the 55th RQS members…

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Open mind, extra time can save cash when traveling

Posted  September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Fantasizing about an exotic getaway but finding yourself strapped for cash? A “Space-A” seat aboard a military aircraft might be just your ticket to that vacation of your dreams. Military-owned or -contracted aircraft fly to more places than many people realize, even to areas without U.S. military installations. When all mission-related passengers…

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Presenting The Medallions

Posted  September 19, 2013

Members of the Desert Lightning Team participated in a medallion ceremony honoring World War II veterans held Sept. 7 at Silver Springs Senior Living Community in Green Valley. The ceremony was a joint endeavor between local branches of all four services and Silver Springs. Silver Springs is an independent and assisted senior living community located…

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Doolittle Raiders’ final toast ceremony slated for Nov. 9 at Air Force Museum

Posted  September 19, 2013

DAYTON, Ohio – The U.S. Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret…

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Health & Safety

Pharmacy home delivery cost-efficient, safe

Posted  September 19, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFPS) — Following an almost year-long study of the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program requested by members of Congress, the Defense Department inspector general’s office has determined it is a cost-efficient way for beneficiaries to get their prescription medications, TRICARE Management Activity officials reported. The inspector general’s study found that the Home…

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Random Anti-Terrorism Measures come to D-M

Posted  September 26, 2013

What do you do if you see suspicious activity or packages? Miguel Mendez, 355th Fighter Wing Anti-Terrorism Officer, is putting the Desert Lightning Team to the test with a program called Random Anti-Terrorism Measures. RAMs are just that, random inspections of various facilities from the anti-terrorism perspective and are designed to increase base personnel’s vigilance…

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Navy Knighthawks conduct joint training with Air Force Thunderbolts

Posted  September 26, 2013

Three U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters participated in joint training with A-10 Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here September 12-20. The MH-60S, similar to the Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk, traveled from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. along with 20 flight crew members and…

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Diamond Sharp September 27, 2013

Posted  September 26, 2013

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Andrew T. Kruczyk / 355 CPTS/FMF First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Michiah O’Brien Duty Title: NCOIC, Customer Service When joined the AF: March 1, 2006 Hometown: St. Louis, MO Hobbies: Sports, cars, computers, anything outdoors, wood working Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Kruczyk is a recent cross-trainee that came into Finance as a 3-level…

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Airmen directed to visit PRDA to view personnel records

Posted  September 26, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Center plans to reduce the access Airmen have to the Automated Records Management System, better known as ARMS, on AFPC Secure Sept. 30. ARMS consolidated active-duty, Reserve and Air National Guard military personnel records from each installation during the last few years. This has reduced…

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Davis-Monthan prepares to migrate

Posted  September 26, 2013

The 355th Fighter Wing, base higher headquarters, and tenants will soon migrate computer users into a central Air Force Network (AFNet). Over a period of 47 days beginning Nov 4, technicians will begin migrating Davis-Monthan NIPRNet workstations, network users and e-mail into the AFNet. The goal of this project is to collapse all individual or…

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