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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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Doing the right thing

Posted  August 3, 2012

Integrity first. Service before self. Excellence in all we do. These are the U.S. Air Force core values. From the day a person swears in, he or she is expected to incorporate these ideals into work, study, and even play. They are expected to embed these values in their hearts. They are expected to live…

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Dagger Point with Col. Jose Sanchez

Posted  August 3, 2012

Col. Jose Sanchez is the director of plans for 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and a B-2 pilot. He also spent time as chief of the master...

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Theater Operations Group lends a hand in our backyard

Posted  August 3, 2012

U. S. Southern Command is a joint and interagency organization supporting the United States national security interests, and with our partners, fostering security, stability, and prosperity in the Americas. The 612th Theater Operations Group plays a vital role in supporting the Air Forces Southern mission in numerous areas of responsibility. Col. Jonathan VanNoord, 612th TOG…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp August 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

Staff Sgt. Cameron Crews   Staff Sgt. Cameron Crews, 306th Rescue First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny Duty Title: Pararescue Trainee When joined the AF: Sergeant Crews was a prior-service Marine. He served as a Recon Marine for four years at Okinawa, Japan. While stationed there, he went on two West Pacific Marine Expeditionary Unit…

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355th Civil Engineer Squadron – Base Cleanup

Posted  August 3, 2012

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron helped clean up the base after a massive monsoon hit July 15, here in Tucson.

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Health & Safety

DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

Posted  August 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — 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…

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Health & Safety

Exercise-induced injuries are preventable

Posted  August 3, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va — Physical fitness is a vital part of being in the military, and there are plenty of ways to stay fit. Whether it is soccer, running, bicycling or rock climbing, these activities can cause various injuries if Airmen are not physically prepared. “Last summer, there were more than 350 injuries…

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Airmen invited to share their stories with recruits

Posted  August 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH (AFNS) — Each year, thousands of men and women join the U.S. Air Force. Now, those Airmen have the opportunity to tell their stories in their own videos known as “Airmen Stories.” The videos will give potential Air Force recruits a chance to hear Airmen share their personal stories firsthand, unscripted…

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Air Force

Building nest egg powers retirement, education goals

Posted  August 3, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Having a savings plan can be important for those who want to retire, buy a house or just have extra money available in case of an emergency. According to Susan Wilinski, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist, starting a savings plan is essential…

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Draft OSB EA available for public review

Posted  August 3, 2012

Air Combat Command released the Draft Operation Snowbird Environmental Assessment today for public review. The draft EA can be viewed at http://www.dm.af.mil/library/operationsnowbirdenvironmentalassessment.asp and at several local libraries in the Tucson area. The Draft OSB EA can be viewed at the following locations: Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library, 4350 East 22nd St. Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 East 36th…

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