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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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Civilians see impacts on paychecks, leave hours following recall

Posted  October 17, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – Some excepted civilians who worked during the Oct. 1-5 furlough may not be paid this week for those hours due to coding errors on their timesheets. During furlough, the payment and accounting system defaults all civilian employees as unpaid, requiring action to move them into the excepted status. For less than…

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Public engagement once again affected

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force community and public outreach was significantly impacted earlier this year as sequestration went into effect, and is now all but non-existent due to the partial government shutdown, with more than 800 events being canceled or withdrawn this year. As a result of sequestration and the government shutdown, roughly 45 million…

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Air Force returns to normal, tuition assistance back on

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As a result of the passed continuing resolution legislation, the Air Force is in the process of returning operations to normal pre-shutdown status, to include the reinstatement of military tuition assistance. The continuing resolution will fund the Air Force under the fiscal year 2013 sequester funding levels, which will enable the reinstatement…

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923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Posted  October 24, 2013

Crew chiefs from the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief guide a blade from an HH-60G Pave Hawk onto a stand. For easy transport and storage, the Pave Hawks are equipped with folding rotor blades. Airman 1st Class Rodney Stewart, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, applies masking tape to a blade tip on a…

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New NCO corps structure for Civil Air Patrol announced

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Civil Air Patrol took a step forward Oct. 17, with the signing and approval to restructure their noncommissioned officer corps to align with the Air Force NCO corps. For the past 72 years, members of the Civil Air Patrol volunteer forces have completed three key missions – emergency services, aerospace education…

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Federal employee’s charitable donation drive re-activated

Posted  October 24, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – Combined Federal Campaign activities in the Continental United States may now resume, according to a memo from the director of the Department of Defense’s CFC program. Campaign activities were suspended during the 17-day government shutdown according to the campaign management office. The deadline to donate to the CFC is still November…

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New commander set to lead Arizona F-16 fighter wing

Posted  October 24, 2013

The Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard announced Oct. 9 a new leader for the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport. Col. Howard “Philip” Purcell will serve as commander of the Arizona Air National Guard’s international F-16 Fighting Falcon training wing. Colonel Purcell is currently the vice wing commander of the 192nd Fighter…

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D-M Exchange offering ghoulishly good deals at food court

Posted  October 24, 2013

Ghouls and ghosts and their parents can enjoy a pre-trick or treat meal at an eerily low price as food orders made with a Military STAR Card at Davis-Monthan  Exchange-operated restaurants on Oct. 31 will be discounted 20 percent. “This is a frightfully good deal,” said the Davis-Monthan Exchange’s General Manager Cathy J. Ely. “There…

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Furloughed civilians are back on the job

Posted  October 24, 2013

More than 1,300 civilian employees returned to work here Oct. 17. All furloughed civilian employees were recalled after Congress passed legislation that ended the more than two-week government shutdown. An initial wave of civilian recalls happened Oct. 7 as a result of President Barack Obama signing the Pay Our Military Act into law. The act…

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D-M reminds community to stay safe on Halloween

Posted  October 24, 2013

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: Wear flame retardant costumes. Hem your costumes so you don’t trip and…

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