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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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Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez, 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron standardization crewmember (center) and her fellow crew members practice weapons loading with an AIM-9 training missle in a hangar at the 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron, March 19. Sergeant Hernandez is one of Approximately 20 female maintenance members on D-M. It has been almost 65 years…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  March 29, 2013

42nd ECS Diamond Sharp Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Sarah Parsley/ 42nd ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. James Goley Duty Title: EC-130H Flight Engineer When joined the AF: Aug. 26, 2003 Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin Hobbies: Hiking, swimming, going to baseball games, working on cars and running. Selection Reasons: Completed EC130H Flight Engineer trng crs; received 100% on…

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FTAC changes bring new perspectives

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Airman 1st Class Jaime Heathe, 355 Operational Weather Squadron, sweeps as Airman 1st Class Luke Ivazic, 355 Component Maintenance Squadron, holds the dust pan here Aug 25. The center is designed to help first-term Airmen transition from technical school to a first duty station environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christine Halan)…

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Combat-Ready Airmen Delivering Electronic Attack at a Moment’s Notice… Anywhere!

Posted  March 29, 2013

Members of the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron step to a EC-130H Compass Call here March 20. Aircrew will typically step an hour before takeoff, as it takes time to run checklists, start engines and taxi. Maj. Michael Padilla, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron assistant director of operations, warms up on a treadmill before going for a…

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February 2013 Crime and Punishment

Posted  March 29, 2013

Each month, the legal office publishes the results of actions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice completed during the previous month. Specific individuals who received Nonjudicial Punishment are not identified. Article 15 Actions During February 2013, D-M commanders administered seven Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the…

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Not too soon for spouse’s job hunt before moving

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it’s time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Meg O’Grady, program manager…

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Efforts continue for spouse professional license portability

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department officials recognize that an unemployed spouse can affect a service member’s retention, so efforts continue to allow spouses’ professional licenses to transfer from state to state as military families move from one duty station to another, a Pentagon official told American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. Marcus Beauregard,…

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Local Briefs March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Fri, Mar. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Mark Gungor talks about how to improve your marriage by understanding your spouse with four fun workshops. Humorous and serious way to improve couples communication. Please RVSP at 228-5690. Hearts Apart Easter Celebration Sat, Mar. 30,…

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612th SPTS named “best squadron” by Tucson Chamber of Commerce

Posted  March 22, 2013

The 612th Support Squadron was awarded the 2012 E.D. Jewett Award by the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, March 7. The E.D. Jewett Award recognizes the squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB that best represents the finest tradition of military excellence and community involvement in the previous year. The award is named for Col. E.D. Jewett (Ret.),…

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Largest U.S. military helicopter to visit D-M this week

Posted  March 22, 2013

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base welcomes six U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Heavylift Helicopter Squadron 465 out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 19-27. While here the helicopter pilots will conduct desert mountainous terrain training at Southern Arizona’s many outstanding military training ranges. The training will prepare crews for missions…

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