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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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Commissary scanning IDs

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Defense Commissary Agency has implemented a new policy requiring a Department of Defense ID card bar code be scanned in order to make purchases at all commissaries throughout the military. “The purpose of the scanning IDs is to positively identify authorized patrons for the commissary, just like the Department of the Air Force or…

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D-M’s Santas-in-blue visit local schools

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Santas-in-Blue program made its first stop of the year at the San Xavier Mission School, Dec. 10. More than 40 D-M Airmen joined Santa in passing out Christmas gifts to several hundred children. This year the program will be visiting three schools and passing out nearly 2,100 gifts to over 1,000 students. “When you…

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Health & Safety

Fighting against DUIs

Posted  December 19, 2013

Driving under the influence of alcohol has been a prominent issue in today’s society. In Arizona alone, there were more than 27,000 reported arrests for DUIs in 2012. These numbers can be partially attributed to many drivers’ beliefs that they can handle their alcohol consumption well enough to safely operate a vehicle, and partially attributed…

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DOD adds synthetic marijuana to random drug testing

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” the director of DOD’s drug testing and program policy said here today. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Army Lt. Col. Tom Martin said that…

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Budget woes cause AF to refine funding priorities

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Budget battles here are causing tectonic shifts in the Air Force, the service’s leaders said during a Pentagon news conference today. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said that even with some relief from sequestration, the service will pay the bills…

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Pasta and pajama night held at the Mirage Club

Posted  December 19, 2013

A family event was held at the Mirage Club on base Dec. 10. The “Pasta and Pajama Holiday Celebration” event welcomed families to come wearing their coziest pajamas and make their own pasta dish, then sit back and relax while the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” was presented. “I think it’s a good event…

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Local Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 19, 2013

National Active and Retired Federal Employees to meet Jan. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. – U-Like Buffet The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their monthly luncheon meeting on January 13, 2014, at the U-Like Buffet, 330 South Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85711.  The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and…

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Top NCO debuts new NCO, Petty Officer book

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — The military’s top enlisted service member debuted a new noncommissioned officer and petty officer book here today in what he called a significant moment for all enlisted leaders. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was joined by the chairman,…

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Officials announce 2014 military housing allowance rates

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — The 2014 basic allowance for housing rates for service members released Dec. 17, represent an average increase of 5 percent, or up to $75 to $80 per month, the Defense Department’s BAH program manager said. The new rates will take effect Jan. 1 at a cost of about $20 billion for the Defense Department…

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Officer’s Spouse’s Club offers gift wrapping

Posted  December 19, 2013

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Josh Slavin) Members of the Officer’s Spouse’s Club work together to wrap gifts for customers at the Base Exchange on Dec. 12. The OSC uses donations received from gift wrapping to fund scholarships awarded to military families here at D-M.

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