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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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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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