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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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CCAF announces solution to residency requirement

Posted  August 10, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Airmen who attend a Defense Department or Tri-Service technical school can earn their Community College of the Air Force degree sooner than once thought. There are a few ways to check the residency box off the list of degree requirements, according to Tech. Sgt. Russell Wroten, CCAF service degree…

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Deployed D-M Airman delivers morale boosts with the mail

Posted  August 10, 2012

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Af-ghanistan — On any given day in a small non-descript office on Camp Losano here, Airmen of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing peek their heads in…

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AF CSA travel card transitions to GTC

Posted  August 10, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The terms and conditions for the Air Force’s travel charge card are changing, but Airmen can hang on to their blue cards. From Aug. 7 through the end of September, the Air Force Banking Office will e-mail some 300,000 Airmen, informing them that their controlled spend account card will convert back to…

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Choose life, because YOU matter!

Posted  August 10, 2012

You can’t concentrate and your decision-making capabilities have been taken over by a dark fog. You’re just so unbelievably weak and tired because you’ve lost that spark for life. You try desperately to smile to appease everyone around you, but it hurts. The guilt and incred-ible sense of helplessness and self-doubt comes crashing in waves…

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D-M Vet Clinic gives affordable care for military pets

Posted  August 10, 2012

To most, pets are considered members of their families. Military members are no different when it comes to caring and loving their animal companions. The D-M Veterinary Clinic helps ensure that these family members stay healthy and happy. The Vet Clinic services active-duty, guard, reserve and retiree pets. “We do basic preventative care, such as…

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Summary courts officer notices

Posted  August 10, 2012

Summary courts officer notice for Michael Roatch Airman 1st Class Michael J. Roatch of the 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron passed away on 24 July . Any person or persons with a claim against Airman Roatch or who is currently in debt to him should contact the Summary Court Officer Capt. William Matthews of the 355th…

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A moment on the lips will surely delay trips

Posted  August 10, 2012

There is nothing more satisfying than holding my husband in a long embrace after six-months of separation. Even after several deployments, it just doesn’t seem to get old. While our significant others are gone we have this sense of pride – a right to brag about where they are and what they are doing –…

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D-M Honor Guard

Posted  August 10, 2012

The Airmen of the base honor guard work on their technique and sharpen their skills on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 24.

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Dagger Point with Lt. Col. (retired) Dana Willis

Posted  August 10, 2012

Mr. Dana Willis is a United States Air Force retired lieutenant colonel. He served 28 years on active duty status. When he was active duty, Lt. Col. Willis was a foreign affairs specialist.

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162nd FW Family Appreciation Day…the tradition continues

Posted  August 10, 2012

While November marks the beginning of the holiday season, the 162nd Fighter Wing will recognize those who embolden the spirit of wing Airmen: their families. The wing will host Family Appreciation Day, the annual gathering of mem-bers, retirees and their families here Nov. 4. According to Chief Master Sgt. Edisa Salcido, Force Support Squadron Superintendent…

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