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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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D-M volunteers collect canned goods for Airmen in need

Posted  December 7, 2012

Members of D-M lent a helping hand by donating canned goods and turkeys to those families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. For three weekends, the Chapel Gospel Service volunteered their time to collect food items, as well as prepare boxes for U.S. Air Force active duty Airmen and families in need. “We had some…

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Davis-Monthan Theater to dim lights

Posted  December 7, 2012

According to industry trends, by early 2013 movie theaters using 35MM prints will be virtually non-existent as theaters across the country convert to digital picture and sound. As a result, Army & Air Force Exchange Service theaters, which use 35MM prints, have been undergoing extensive reviews to determine the cost-effectiveness of converting its theaters to…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 7, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jonathan J. Bailey Family: Married; no children Hometown: Floodwood, MN Unit: 355 Security Forces Squadron Job title: Response Force Member Job description: Safeguard personnel and property including protection level resources valued over $32 billion dollars—most in the DoD. Provide anti-terrorism and force protection for 18,000 military and civilian personnel. Enforce standards of…

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DeCA scholarship applications now available

Posted  December 7, 2012

FORT LEE, Va. (AFNS) — In 2012, the Scholarships for Military Children Program celebrated a major milestone as it reached more than $10 million in scholarships awarded to 6,742 students from around the globe. Applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program will be available starting Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide. You can also…

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CSAF directs Air Force-wide inspection

Posted  December 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Commanders across the Air Force will conduct health and welfare inspections starting Dec. 5 to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. The health and welfare inspection is a tool routinely used by unit commanders, command chiefs, and first sergeants. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A….

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Base chapels offer religious services for the holidays

Posted  December 7, 2012

Hope and Desert Dove Chapels host several religious services in the month of December. The following Catholic services take place at Desert Dove Chapel: Immaculate Conception/Mary Vigil Mass – December 7 at 5 p.m. Advent Penance Service (Children’s Ministry provided) – December 11 at 6 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass (Children’s Ministry provided) – December 24…

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Equipment accountability affects you!

Posted  December 7, 2012

There are many reasons why you may need to have equipment issued to you during your time in the Air Force. You might need a gas mask for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive training or body armor and a helmet so you can be qualified on a weapon for an upcoming deployment. If…

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162nd FW: Fun, sun, and family time

Posted  December 7, 2012

The 162nd Fighter Wing’s November Unit Training Assembly incorporated wing-wide block training, Airmen recognition, and family appreciation fun. Saturday kicked off with the first ever annual block training which combined more than 30 hours of computer-based training into one single training event. The event included a multitude of subject matter experts, educational slides, and informative…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 7, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students…

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