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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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AF clarifies same sex marriage policy

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently published guidance clarifying the service’s policy on implementation of same sex marriage. The guidance clarifies how Airmen may be eligible for administrative absence to obtain legal marriage, if the state or country they are stationed in does not yet recognize same sex marriage. In order to be granted…

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Congress passes bill reopening federal government

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — President Barack Obama signed legislation late yesterday night bringing federal employees back to work after Congress finally resolved the budget logjam which led to a 16-day shutdown. Senate leaders championed bipartisan legislation to reopen the government and remove the threat of government default on its debts. All federal government employees – including…

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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted  October 17, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 — when the AF354 will be rescinded — to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel…

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Service members should start saving early for retirement

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — It’s never too soon to start saving for retirement, Barbara Thompson, the director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy/children and youth advised service members today. Enlistees as young as 18 might not be thinking about saving for retirement or the importance of their Thrift Savings Plan, but that’s when they…

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Health & Safety

Most TRICARE beneficiaries meet ACA coverage requirements

Posted  October 17, 2013

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”) by January 1, 2014,…

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Pilot for a Day

Posted  October 17, 2013

The goal of the Pilot for a Day program is to provide children, who have serious or chronic conditions, and their families with the opportunity to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of D-M’s squadrons for a day. The program strives to give each child a special day as an honorary…

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20th Air Force commander relieved of command

Posted  October 17, 2013

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, relieved Maj. Gen. Michael Carey from command of 20th Air Force today due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment. Kowalski made his decision based on information from an Inspector General investigation…

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Kerry, Karzai make progress on security agreement negotiations

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON – After weekend meetings in Kabul, Afghanistan, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he and Karzai had resolved all but one of the major issues critical to a bilateral security agreement between the two countries. And en route to London this morning, Kerry consulted several times via phone…

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Local Briefs October 18, 2013

Posted  October 17, 2013

Society of Military Widows to meet Oct. 19, noon – The Mirage Club The Society of Military Widows will have their luncheon at noon, Oct. 19, at The Mirage Club at D-M. For your reservations, please, call Kay Spargur, 574-6628, ten days prior to the luncheon Retired Officers’ Spouses Club Thursday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. –…

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Airman keeps NASCAR track safe

Posted  October 17, 2013

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — For most people, the thunderous setting of a NASCAR track on race day would not be considered a tranquil environment. However, that’s not the case with Tech. Sgt. Erin L.Tallman, non commissioned officer in charge of knowledge operations in the 14th Air Force Knowledge Management office at Vandenberg…

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