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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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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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