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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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Sports

From wings to water

Posted  March 7, 2013

Royal Netherlands Air Force Lt. Col. Maurits Schonk will be competing in the Gaastra 52 World Championship regatta off South Beach in Miami, Fla., taking place March 4-9. Known to many at the 162nd Fighter Wing by his call sign, “Skunk,” Lt. Col. Schonk is a lifelong sailor, “I started doing small regattas in a…

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Furlough, finance, resiliency

Posted  March 7, 2013

So, here we are in early March realizing what we all had hoped to avoid has happened –  sequestration is here. A furlough may be just around the corner for Department of Defense civilian employees. As most have already heard, this equates to an approximately twenty-percent cut in pay. For many civilian employees, this is…

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Events

Local Briefs March 8, 2013

Posted  March 7, 2013

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage  Mar. 8, 15, 22 & 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. Saving for College  Mar….

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Veterans

D-M honors Vietnam vet

Posted  February 28, 2013

Many Vietnam veterans did not come home to open, welcoming arms. Many people did not honor these veterans for their service, but members of the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron on D-M got to honor one Vietnam veteran on Feb. 19. In 1969, as a field maintenance squadron personnel, Stanley Clark was deployed to Vietnam, where…

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Health & Safety

Dental Squadron Airmen educate children about dental care

Posted  February 28, 2013

ral care starts at a young age, and Airmen from the 355th Dental Squadron are getting the word out to children on base during Children’s Dental Health Month, preparing them for healthy teeth in the present and future. Six members from the 355th DS went to several locations on base and educated children on what…

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Events

‘Birdies for the Brave’ honors local military at Accenture Match Play

Posted  February 28, 2013

Professional golfers in the 2013 Accenture Match Play Championship took time to honor local military members here today as Air and Army National Guardsmen in uniform lined the walkway to the 1st tee before the beginning of play Feb. 22 at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. “We’re proud to represent the…

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AF releases pay and allowances continuation program

Posted  February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leaders recently released Air Force policy on the Pay and Allowance Continuation program for Airmen who become wounded or ill while supporting a combat contingency. With the release of the Air Force PAC program policy, AFGM 34-02, Airmen will now officially have their own policy, tailored specifically for the…

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Military Saves teaches DLT Airmen importance of saving

Posted  February 28, 2013

Desert Lightning Team Airmen gathered at the Airman and Family Readiness Center from Feb. 25 through Mar. 1 to educate themselves on the importance of saving money throughout the year. “Military Saves Campaign is a campaign to encourage service members and their families to take a military saves pledge which is a commitment to begin…

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Health & Safety

Focusing on more than the bystander

Posted  February 28, 2013

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response officials across the Air Force are revamping their training programs. Bystander Intervention training is slated to be replaced with annual Sexual Assault Response Training in March. The SART will be an hour-long classroom course. Airmen can attend one of the three classes a week. Bystander Intervention Training emphasized those around…

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Becoming a support system

Posted  February 28, 2013

When I decided to attend Victims Advocate training I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted to help victims because, as a big sister, I always worry about my three little sisters’ safety. One of my sisters is in her first year of college, another is going to college this fall and the last is…

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