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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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Processing four legged deployers

Posted  January 30, 2014

Receiving orders is only the first step to actually putting boots on the ground. When Airmen get tasked to deploy there are several things that must be squared away to include a psychical, training records and mental health screening. “Mushe will get a full physical from the Doc which will include checking his vitals, gums,…

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Dempsey: No plans to close military commissaries

Posted  January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans to close military commissaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. But Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey added that the budget environment is forcing the department to look for savings anywhere possible. The chairman first addressed this issue during his Facebook…

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D-M spouse hopes to “Survive” on reality TV

Posted  January 30, 2014

The spouse of a Desert Lightning Team member is hoping to be selected as a contestant on the hit reality TV game show, “Survivor.” Luella Moore, wife of Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Moore, 41st Electronic Component Squadron, has submitted her application via the show’s website. Applicants must include recent pictures of themselves and a video describing…

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June officer RIF board to offer voluntary separation pay

Posted  January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – The Air Force will convene an officer reduction in force board June 16 to evaluate eligible officers for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 27. Officers who meet the RIF board and are not selected for retention must separate by Jan. 31, 2015. RIF is among several…

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Beware of GTC abuse

Posted  January 30, 2014

Airmen are always on the move whether it be for a deployment or a permanent change of station. During their military service, Airmen are given government travel cards to assist with the transition and it’s their responsibility to ensure it is being used properly. GTC abuse can be an easy mistake for Airmen that can…

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Local Briefs January 31, 2014

Posted  January 30, 2014

D-M Gate hours changed The Davis Monthan Gate hours changed Jan. 20 as a result of a recent traffic survey. The schedule is as follows: Craycroft – no change (24/7, 365 days) Swan – 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. (M-F), closed on weekends and federal holidays (This includes the search area as well) Wilmot –…

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Think before you post

Posted  January 30, 2014

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Have you ever had one of those days that it seems like you are working harder than your coworkers? You made 100 widgets and your coworker has only made 50. So, what do you do when you perceive the workload as unfair? Do you go home and blast…

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VA, City of Tucson to hold Four Chaplains Memorial

Posted  January 30, 2014

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is pleased to announce that they will again be participating in the City of Tucson, Veterans’ Affairs Committee (VAC) annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service, Scheduled for Sunday – February 2 at 1 p.m., at the Kino Veterans Memorial Park, 2805 E. Ajo Way.  This park is located…

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South Dakota ANG trains at D-M

Posted  January 30, 2014

Ten F-16 Fighter Falcons and 150 guardsmen from the South Dakota Air National Guard arrived at D-M Jan. 11 to conduct two weeks of mandatory readiness training. The South Dakota ANG utilized Operation Snowbird, a program that allows northern tier ANG flying units to fly down to D-M and conduct training that would be hard…

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MyICP gives military spouses new career planning tool

Posted  January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Military spouses who need guidance on education and careers have a new online tool at their fingertips, a program analyst for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, or SECO, said in an interview last week. “My Individual Career Plan,” allows spouses to build a virtual career roadmap based on their specific goals…

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