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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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AF Marathon registration to open with special discount

Posted  December 21, 2012

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — Registration for the 2013 Air Force Marathon will open Jan. 1, 2013, with special New Year’s resolution discounts. The full and half marathons will be discounted by $10 Jan. 1. The 10K and 5K races will be discounted by $5. “We encourage all participants to register as early…

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Dagger Point with Staff Sgt. Ryan Vottero

Posted  December 21, 2012

Recently Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s own Staff Sergeant Ryan Vottero, 355th Security Forces Squadron, wrestled for Team USA. Vottero was selected to represent the country and compete in a tournament in Poland. JS: How did you become part of team USA? RV: In years past they used to run a trials tournament to make the…

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AF tests 24/7 fitness centers

Posted  December 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Six installations will implement 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week fitness center access this and next month as part of an Air Force Services Transformation Initiative test concept, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Military Communities and Family Policy director and Assistant Secretary of…

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New process improves household goods shipments

Posted  December 21, 2012

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., (AFNS) — A system being implemented at U.S. Transportation Command is making permanent-change-of-station moves more convenient, while reducing lost and damaged shipments and saving the government money. The Defense Personal Property System, introduced in 2009 as a pilot program at 17 installations, now supports 90 percent of all military moves,…

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Local Briefs – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

Christmas Tree Recycling Recycle your Christmas trees at the Golf Links Sports Park. North West corner of Golf Links and Craycroft Roads from Dec. 26 – Jan. 6. DO NOT TAKE TO BASE RECYCLING CENTER. Southern Arizona to host annual train show Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 – SAVAHCS The Southern Arizona VA Health Care…

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Rescue Group participates in Air-Sea Battle exercise

Posted  December 14, 2012

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND (or Naval Base Coronado), Calif. — The 563d Rescue Group deployed 153 personnel and five HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters to Naval Air Station North Island Nov. 1-15, to participate in Commander, U.S. Third Fleet’s Joint Task Force Exercise, the final pre-deployment certification for the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group….

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Airmen reminded to get TDAP

Posted  December 14, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Nov. 17, 2012, more than 36,000 cases of pertussis and 16 pertussis-related deaths were reported this year. The Department of the Air Force mandated all personnel to receive the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis, or…

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D-M Exchange explains holiday return policy

Posted  December 14, 2012

Nearly 20 percent of Americans will return at least one holiday gift item this holiday season, according to Lavi Industries, a provider of public guidance. To take the stress and confusion out of the return process, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has extended the terms of its hassle-free return policy for the holidays….

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 14, 2012

Staff Sgt. Ian Porter Family: Father, Carter Porter; Mother, Paula Porter; two sisters and a brother Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana Unit: 355 Security Forces Squadron Job title: Military Working Dog Handler Job description: Explosive/Narcotic Detection—Deter, detect, search for and eliminate threats Most rewarding job aspect: Getting to train dogs on a daily basis Goals: Become…

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Lighting up Tucson for a noble cause

Posted  December 14, 2012

U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 1st Lt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron, likes to give back to his community in his own way. He has programmed approximately 50,000 Christmas lights to sync up with the music played by a local radio station to encourage donations to Toys for Tots.

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