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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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Health & Safety

Base to host antiterrorism Mobile Training Team

Posted  July 19, 2012

Davis-Monthan is scheduled to host an Antiterrorism and Force Protection Level II Mobile Training Team from August 20-24. The training is offered to key members of D-M’s populace, specifically security managers, unit antiterrorism representatives and individuals required to attend by their commander. Air Combat Command provides a MTT every other year throughout the command. Davis-Monthan…

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Hawgsmoke 2012 comes to D-M

Posted  July 19, 2012

The 355th Fighter Wing will host 18 A-10 squadrons and teams from around the world for the 7th biannual bombing and tactical gunnery competition known as Hawgsmoke Aug. 15-17, 2012. The competition focuses on A-10 tactics such as moving target strafe techniques, GPS-out navigation, and degraded weapons delivery. Both the individual and team portions of…

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D-M Exchange to celebrate 117 years with host of savings

Posted  July 19, 2012

In 1895, the War Department issued General Order 46 directing commanders to establish an Exchange at every post. Since then, Exchange associates have faithfully served alongside servicemembers wherever they are called to serve. Today, whether at Bagram or Barksdale, troops and their families know the Exchange is there. On July 25, Davis-Monthan Exchange facilities will…

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Warrior of the Week July 20, 2012

Posted  July 19, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Zachary A. Toon Family: Father: Scott, Mother: Linda, Brother: Adam, Sister: Emily Hometown: Wichita, KS Unit: 355 CPTS Job title: Customer Service Technician…

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World

Rock the vote, but beware of guidelines

Posted  July 19, 2012

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — As political campaigns heat up across the U.S., Airmen, family members and Department of Defense civilians are encouraged to be a part of the political process. Being away from the U.S. can lead some to believe they are not able to vote in their respective state and federal elections….

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Health & Safety

AFSEC clarifies use of electronic devices for pedestrians on roadways

Posted  July 19, 2012

(U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) The use of portable headphones, earphones, cellular phones, digital music players or other listening and entertainment devices, other than hearing aids, are prohibited while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating or skate boarding on roadways for the sake of ensuring good situational awareness resulting in a lower possibility of…

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Chief’s Perspective: Analog leadership in digital times

Posted  July 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The United States Air Force is the world’s most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you — our outstanding Airmen — but technology also…

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Veterans

VA improves online access to benefits information

Posted  July 19, 2012

WASHINGTON– Nearly 1.7 million veterans and service members have registered for the Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Defense web portal, eBenefits, which provides online information and access to a wide variety of military and veteran benefits resources. A VA news release issued today says about 1.67 million users have signed up, and notes the strong…

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Local

Tucson military, community leader laid to rest with honor

Posted  July 19, 2012

Guard and Reserve servicemembers representing all branches of the United States armed forces provided military funeral honors for Bill Valenzuela at his final resting place…

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What’s your story?

Posted  July 19, 2012

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — I remember the phone call three years ago like it happened an hour ago. My sister called to tell me our dad had died unexpectedly in his sleep. Among the many emotions I encountered shortly thereafter, I distinctly remember reflecting on my dad’s Air Force service as I…

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