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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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Pay yourself first

Posted  January 31, 2013

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland (AFNS) — My grandparents used to say to me, “Pay yourself first.” Being only 10 years old at the time, I’d shrug my shoulders, give them my best thanks-for-the-advice look and say “OK.” But deep down inside, I didn’t really know what they meant. After all, I was just a kid…

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A new area for workout warriors

Posted  January 31, 2013

The Haeffner gym officially opened a new workout area for Department of Defense ID card members to use Jan. 28. The new equipment includes medicine balls, various free weights, rowing machines, pull-up bars, two ropes that hang from the gym’s ceiling, kettlebells and even an oversized tire. All the equipment for the new workout area…

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AMARG brings the F-4 back to life

Posted  January 31, 2013

The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group is on track to finish the F-4 Phantom phase of Air Combat Command’s full-scale aerial drone program. The regenerated planes will be converted into drones to be used by several bases for target practice. The regenerated planes will be used at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., for U.S. Army…

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DOD to begin review of family, military community programs

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A new task force will start work next month on a 120-day review of all family and military community programs across the Defense Department to determine their effectiveness and identify gaps and potential efficiencies, a senior defense official said. Charles E. Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and…

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Air Force launchs new standards program

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force bases and customer-service oriented services will now be held to a uniform set of standards, thanks to the recently launched Air Force Common Output Level Standards program. It’s a program that will standardize the delivery of installation support services so that Airmen and other customers will have common experiences and…

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DOD, USDA partner in ‘win-win’ distance learning program

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON – A new education program offers a “win-win” approach to helping military community members further their careers while aiding the Defense Department’s family support and child and youth development services, a Pentagon official said. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, children and youth, explained the Military Academic Advancement Program to the…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp February 1, 2013

Posted  January 31, 2013

Senior Airman Jeffery L. Gunter/ 924 MXS, (924 FG) Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Jeffery L. Gunter/ 924 MXS, (924 FG) First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. John K. Harris Duty Title: Aircraft Structural Maintenance Journeyman When Joined the AF:  September, 2001 Hometown: Willits, CA Hobbies: Poker, working out, hiking, fishing, softball and off-roading. Selection Reasons:  Airman Gunter…

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In-place patient decontamination tent comes to Tucson Air Guard

Posted  January 31, 2013

Between Jan. 15-18, 13 Airmen total were trained by instructors from the National Guard Bureau at the 162nd Fighter Wing on the city’s newest asset – an in-place patient decontamination shelter for the effective decontamination of both ambulatory…

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Local Briefs February 1, 2013

Posted  January 31, 2013

Focus on Fathering Workshops – Airman & Family Readiness Center  In partnership with United Way of Tucson and First Things First, the Easter Seals Blake Foundation introduces Focus on Fathering – a group for dads about being a dad. Workshops will be held on Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn about the importance…

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Tucson Guardsman inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted  January 24, 2013

Andrews Air Force Base, MD – Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, Director of the Air National Guard, made an enduring statement about his priority to take care of Airmen at his final Town Hall meeting today.

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