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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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D-M Airmen fulfill Janie’s wish

Posted  September 13, 2012

Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron visited Tucson’s University Medical Center Sept. 10, handing out stuffed animals to the children of the pediatric ward. The members of the 48th RQS volunteered in honor of Janie Fahrendorff, an 18-year-old patient who had passed away from cancer in July. Before Janie passed away she asked to have…

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Health & Safety

‘Be Ready’ during National Preparedness Month, year round

Posted  September 13, 2012

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — With September designated as National Preparedness Month, Air Force Emergency Management experts are emphasizing the tools available to help Airmen and their families “Be Ready.” National Preparedness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness. The event was instituted by the Federal…

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Air Force continues pollution prevention efforts

Posted  September 13, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force joins the nation for Pollution Prevention Week on Sept. 17-24. The service continues its efforts to educate the public about pollution prevention and reducing the contamination of air, soil and water by eliminating pollution at its source. Observed during the third full week in September,…

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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off for 2012

Posted  September 13, 2012

The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Sept. 1 in workplaces around the world. The campaign will run until Dec. 15 and, here on D-M, representatives are gearing up to help make this year’s campaign a success. The CFC is one of the largest and most successful annual charities held in today’s workplace. It raises millions…

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Local Briefs September 14, 2012

Posted  September 13, 2012

Scheduled Power Outages Sept. 22, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Following facilities will be affected: 4818, 4822, 4844, 4845, 4851, 4852, 4857, 4858, 4859. -Sept. 29, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Following facilities will be affected: 68, 81,88, 94, 96, 97, 104, 110, 113, 121, 125, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 134, 136,…

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Iraqi Air Force F-16 training takes off in Arizona

Posted  September 6, 2012

While the Republic of Iraq anticipates an initial delivery of F-16 Fighting Falcons in September 2014, the pilots who will fly them embark on a historic partnership with the…

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12th Air Force celebrates 70 years of service

Posted  September 6, 2012

12th Air Force personnel, visiting dignitaries, both current and past leadership, wing commanders, command chiefs, a former Vietnam Prisoner of War and Tucson civilians celebrated…

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One month remains for NCOs to volunteer for retraining

Posted  September 6, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Noncommissioned officers in unrestricted career fields affected by the fiscal year 2013 NCO Retraining Program have a month to volunteer for retraining, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 30. Affected Airmen in restricted fields, however, have until today to volunteer. NCOs who volunteer during Phase…

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Unemployed vets receive training to enhance job skills

Posted  September 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved more than 36,000 applications for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), a new training and education program for unemployed Veterans to upgrade their skills for in-demand jobs. “The tremendous response illustrates how important this program is in providing Veterans the opportunity to find employment in a…

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Commentary

Airmen have a choice — get bitter or get better

Posted  September 6, 2012

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — As warriors in today’s Air Force we face many overwhelming challenges. These challenges include an ever-expanding mission, a constantly shrinking manpower pool, a diminishing budget, an increasing overload of personal stressors, a demanding environment of “multi-hatted” duties at all levels and the same expectation of excellence in all areas…

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