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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

National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted  January 16, 2014

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The staff of D-M’s 355th Medical Group Women’s Health Clinic would like to highlight some of the changes in the guidelines for cervical cancer screening. Many women will be glad to know they will no longer need a Pap smear every year. Pap smears now begin at age…

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Retention Board Q&A

Posted  January 16, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – Airmen across Air Combat Command are starting the New Year with many questions pertaining to retention and quality review boards announced by Air Force leadership to reduce the enlisted force by thousands. Chief Michael J. Helfer, chief enlisted manager (CEM) Manpower, Personnel and Services Directorate, clarifies some of those questions and rumors…

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TRICARE to end walk-in admin services

Posted  January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –TRICARE military health plan service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the U.S. on April 1, Pentagon officials said Jan. 13. While the 189 facilities will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. TRICARE service centers overseas are not…

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Posted  January 16, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – As a first sergeant I’ve learned some valuable lessons from my commanders. One of them is to focus my efforts on the things I can control and to plan ahead taking into consideration the effects of those actions. This is a pretty simple advice to apply. Maximize the amount of effort…

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CCAF to offer General Education Mobile

Posted  January 16, 2014

Education is highly encouraged if not recommended for military members. However with the uncertainty of deployments and extended hours, committing to a seat in a college classroom is pretty difficult. The Community College of the Air Force has called upon 40 schools to offer the General Education Mobile program to active duty service members. “GEM…

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DOD releases new religious accommodation instruction

Posted  January 23, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department today released a new instruction that details its updated policy on making religious accommodations requested by service members, Pentagon spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nathan J. Christensen said today. A DOD instruction implements a policy or prescribes the manner or plan of action used to carry out a policy, operate a…

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Get your vote counted

Posted  January 23, 2014

This year, the entire U.S. House of Representatives, a third of the U.S. Senate and 36 State Governors will be elected. To ensure your absentee ballots are sent to you, it’s important to submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) — even if you just voted in November. Visit FVAP.gov to use the online…

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The future: New territory or repeat of history?

Posted  January 23, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – It is easy to get overwhelmed when listening to the pervasive 24/7 news cycle broadcasting predictions of an uncertain future. Whether it is America’s supposed “failure to lead” abroad, continuous fiscal disagreements in Washington D.C., or the Air Force’s pending drawdown of 25,000 Airmen, many conclude that the future is uncertain…

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Distance proves no barrier for concerned wingman

Posted  January 23, 2014

RAF MILDENHALL, England (AFNS) — (Editor’s note: For privacy reasons, the name of the male Airman has been changed.) Previous experience working for a crisis prevention and intervention hotline helped an Airman from the 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron here, save another Airman’s life. Back in June 2013, Airman 1st Class Julia Cap, a geospatial…

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Diamond Sharp January 24, 2104

Posted  January 23, 2014

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. James Johnson / 48 RQS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. James Morgan Duty Title: NCOIC, Intelligence When joined the AF: March 6, 2007 Hometown: Odenton, Maryland Hobbies: Running, attending school, lifting weights, watching movies, volunteering, barbequing delicious food, hiking/outdoor activities Selection Reasons:   Staff Sgt. Johnson led the Intelligence shop as the sole…

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