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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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Local Briefs – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

Divorce in Arizona & Child Support Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn how to file for divorce in Arizona plus get up-to-date Child Support info from the AZ Attorney General’s Division of Child Support. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Society of Military Widows to meet The Society of Military Widows…

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VA deployment of paperless claims processing system underway

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today the nationwide transition to paperless processing of Veterans’ disability claims at its regional benefits processing offices is underway. VA is aggressively building a strong foundation for its new electronic claims processing system, called Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) – a lasting solution that will transform how…

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Airmen featured in upcoming documentary series

Posted  January 18, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — A six-episode television documentary exploring Air Force combat rescue in Afghanistan through the stories of deployed Airmen will begin airing in February. The show, “Inside Combat Rescue,” provides a real-time look at the experiences of Airmen working to save the lives of NATO coalition members, Afghan security forces and…

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Smaller Air Force will protect quality, readiness

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – To roll with unprecedented strategic and fiscal challenges, the best path forward for the Air Force is to become smaller to protect a high-quality, ready force, top Air Force officials said today. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III briefed Pentagon reporters, addressing…

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December 2012 Crime and Punishment

Posted  January 18, 2013

December 2012 Article 15 Actions: During December 2012, D-M commanders administered four Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in…

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Military, civilian blood donors provide ‘gift of life’

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – January is National Blood Donor Month and Defense Department employees are encouraged to “roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life,” said Air Force Col. Richard McBride, Armed Services Blood Program director. The military blood program also celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, with “60 Years of Donors — We Thank…

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Maximize your money

Posted  January 18, 2013

Its that time of year again: tax season! As people begin to prepare their tax refunds and make plans for their reimbursements, the D-M Airman and Family Readiness Center is preparing to help base personnel with taxes and money management. Throughout the month of January, the A&FRC will be hosting several classes concerning finances to…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  January 18, 2013

Capt. John Cotman Family: Wife Anna and Daughter Liana Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI Unit: 357th Fighter Squadron Job title: A flight commander, A-10 Instructor Pilot Job description: Monitor new student training and instruct new A-10 pilots going through the A-10 Initial Qualification Course. Most rewarding job aspect: Seeing new pilots develop into Attack pilots Goals:…

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Air Force Tuition Assistance Program changes policy

Posted  January 18, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Air Force tuition assistance program changed its policies Jan.3 to emphasize the importance of Airmen maintaining a 2.0 grade point average and a 3.0 for graduate level degrees. The new policies are set in place to ensure Airmen are focusing on school and are dedicated to further their…

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