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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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Airmen find frightening ways to volunteer

Posted  October 31, 2013

Airmen from D-M received the opportunity to rack up volunteer hours in October by helping out at a local farm. More than 100 military members helped during Buckelew Farm’s “Terror in the Corn”; dressing up in costumes, providing security, and helping with make-up and moving props. Master Sgt. Manolito Carrabis, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron readiness and…

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Local Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

Society of Military Widows to meet The Society of Military Widows will have their meeting and a Thanksgiving luncheon at noon, Nov. 16 at the Mirage Club at D.M. Air Force Base. For your reservations, please call Kay Spargur 574-6628 ten days prior to the luncheon. NARFE Association, Chapter 55 to meet The National Active and Retired Federal…

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“It is my duty as a pararescueman to save life…”

Posted  October 31, 2013

Eight Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at D-M were first responders on a 19 vehicle accident involving more than 20 people on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak, Ariz., Oct. 29. Six pararescueman, a combat rescue officer and a communications specialist were driving through a dust storm with reduced visibility after jump training in Eloy,…

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Black eye event calls for compassion

Posted  October 31, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – She walked into the honor guard training area that day, unsure of how her fellow guardsmen would react. The black eye she had was obvious, so she headed straight to her locker to hide the bruising. Others she encountered wouldn’t make eye-contact with her, even when speaking to her, and…

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D-M Airman takes a trip with Honor Flight

Posted  October 31, 2013

An Airman was sponsored to escort a World War II veteran on Honor Flight, Oct. 6-8, 2013. Staff Sgt. David Wilcken, 612th Air and Space Operations Center air tasking order production technician, was the guardian for Robert Yeschek, a World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran, who traveled to Washington D.C. with 76…

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AFI change simplifies fitness appeal process

Posted  October 31, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen who fail their fitness assessment now may appeal to their wing commanders rather than submit an appeal to the Air Force Board for Corrections of Military Records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The appeal process change is one of several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2905,…

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Local Briefs November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

D-M men’s softball team to hold tryouts Nov. 7 – 8, 4:30 p.m. The men’s base softball team is scheduled to hold tryouts at the fields located behind the 12th Air Force headquarters building, Nov. 7-8 at 4:30 p.m. There will be 25 players selected to the team roster. Practices will be held weekly and…

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2013 Veterans Day Free Meal and Discounts

Posted  November 8, 2013

Make sure you have Proof of Military Service when visiting companies offering Veteran’s Day deals. First, most companies require some form of military ID – including a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion…

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From artist to engine mechanic

Posted  November 8, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier Senior Airman Patrick Corcoran, 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron propulsion technician, stands in front of a mural he airbrushed at Davis-Monthan. The mural took him approximately six weeks to complete and is the second of five murals to be painted in the 755th AMXS hanger….

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Veterans Day: More than a day off work

Posted  November 8, 2013

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. – What do you think of when you think of Veterans Day?  Is this just another day off of work for you to get your “honey do” list caught up, or is it a day of thanks and honor for all America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness…

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