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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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Events

Local Briefs August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Lane Closures The left in-bound lane to Craycroft Gate is scheduled to be closed Saturday and Sunday, Aug 25-26. The closure is due to the left lane vehicle barrier being painted. Incoming traffic on the left lane will be directed to merge into the right lane after proceeding through Craycroft gate so please anticipate a…

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Arizona National Guard Soldiers compete in Army Combatives Championship

Posted  August 16, 2012

FORT HOOD, Texas — Two soldiers are locked, nose to nose, in a fight to gain the upper hand. Each move and counter is calculated on the fly, much like a physical chess match…

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World

PANAMAX 2012 commences

Posted  August 16, 2012

Air Forces Southern and partner nations from 17 different countries officially kicked-off the annual U.S. Southern Command sponsored PANAMAX 2012 exercise last night. The exercise, which is taking place Aug. 6-17, is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. The canal is one of the…

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Air Force

Morale gets a boost with PLAYpass

Posted  August 16, 2012

Deployments can be hard on a service member, their friends and their family. PLAYpass is a membership card that Airmen and their families can use to receive discounts at select base organizations. The card is intended for use by families of deployed Airmen, and the Airmen themselves once they return. “This is an opportunity to…

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Warrior of the Week August 17, 2012

Posted  August 16, 2012

Hometown: Scottsburg, IN Unit: 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Job title: Bioenvironmental Engineering Apprentice Job description: Keeping CBRN response equipment operational and ready to go!

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Summary courts officer noticefor Steven Mangrum

Posted  August 16, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Steven C. Mangrum, 355th Security Forces Squadron, was found passed away on 31 July. Any person or persons with a claim against Sergeant Mangrum or who is currently in debt to him should contact the Summary Court Officer Capt. Kurt Snyder, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron, for disposition and compensation purposes. Captain Snyder can…

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Veterans

Post-9/11 GI Bill celebrates start of fourth year

Posted  August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON – August marks the third anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and since it was implemented Aug. 1, 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided educational benefits to 773,000 Veterans and their family members. “This is one of the most important programs helping our Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans reach their educational goals,” said…

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Air Force

New instruction puts spotlight on standards, culture

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — When referencing fundamental standards, Airmen now have a single source: Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards. As one of the capstone acts of his 39-year career, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, put his signature on the brand new instruction, which communicates in one document the…

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Commentary

Youth programs combat negative influences

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If you have children, especially teenagers, you already know the harrowing statistics that illustrate the dangers they face in the world today.

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Health & Safety

DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

Posted  August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. The app is called PE Coach; PE stands for “prolonged exposure.” Psychologists at the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, and the VA National Center…

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