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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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D-M Airmen rescue injured Hiker

Posted  July 5, 2012

On June 22, the 563rd Rescue Group rescued an Arizona Game and Fish Department intern after she fell while attempting to check the status of wildlife in the area in Pima Canyon. The intern a 21-year-old female with injuries to her head and knee, was was reported as being “in and out of consciousness.” The…

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Nominees sought for Joan Orr Spouse Award

Posted  July 5, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2013 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award. The Air Force Association Joan Orr Spouse of the Year Award honors significant contributions made by non-military spouses of Air Force military members. The award period is Jan. 1-Dec. 31,…

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I am an American Airman: I will not fail!

Posted  July 5, 2012

Early in my Air Force career, I overheard an NCO say, “The only tradition in the Air Force is constant change.” I should clarify that he more grumbled it than said it. I remember thinking how odd of an...

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Citizen Airmen, Soldiers join forces to deliver jet fuel

Posted  July 5, 2012

When American Soldiers need practice managing the vital fuel that keeps the military mobile, they look to the Arizona Air National Guard for hands-on experience. It’s not often that Army reserve quartermasters...

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Managing your move: TMO breaks down moving myths

Posted  July 5, 2012

The summer season encroaches each and every day. Changes of command, farewell picnics and moving trucks mark this transitional time frame. However, do not fret — the Airmen at the Traffic Management Office are there to ease the stress during the moving process. Staff Sgt. Eva Simmons, 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management specialist, explained…

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A-10 first aircraft to use alcohol-based fuel

Posted  July 5, 2012

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — On June 28, the 40th Flight Test Squadron made history here flying the first aircraft to use a new.…

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New financial guidance may help troops as they move

Posted  July 5, 2012

WASHINGTON – Homeowners with military transfer orders will be immediately eligible for short sales under new guidance to mortgage servicers that may help tens of thousands of military homeowners moving to a new duty station, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau officials said today. Military homeowners will be eligible for short sales, even if they are current…

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Scholarship program surpasses $10 million in grants

Posted  July 5, 2012

FORT LEE, Va.– Scholarships for Military Children celebrated its 12th anniversary and a major milestone – the awarding of more than $10 million in scholarships to 6,742 military children around the world. That’s the message delivered by Jim Weiskopf, vice president of Fisher House Foundation, as he spoke at a Defense Commissary Agency scholarship breakfast…

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Local Briefs July 6, 2012

Posted  July 5, 2012

Visit Tucson Museum of Art for free Calling all active duty military! If you are looking for family vacation ideas this summer, you can visit The Tucson Museum of Art for free through the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums are more than 1,800 museums nationwide which offer free admission to active duty military…

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Air Force leaders issue Independence Day message

Posted  July 3, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy...

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