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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 to host 2nd Annual Desert Boneyard Fun Run/Walk

Posted  January 30, 2014

The Davis-Monthan AFB Fitness Center will host the Annual Desert Boneyard 5K Fun Run/Walk 10K run March 1 at 9 a.m. The course navigates through hundreds of historic military aircraft stored and maintained by the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group here. The 309th AMARG provides depot-level maintenance, aircraft regeneration, storage and preservation, aircraft parts…

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Transition program revamped to TAP you out

Posted  January 30, 2014

Langley Air Force Base, Va. – The Air Force is providing separating and retiring Airmen with the revamped Transition Assistance Program (TAP), which is more comprehensive and standardized across the DoD. The goal of TAP is to reduce veteran unemployment, which is at a rate of 12.5 percent; however, the unemployment rate for veterans under 24 years…

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Budgeting tips to get back on track

Posted  January 30, 2014

It’s January! The holiday spending splurge is over and here comes the “morning after” hangover. The beginning of the year is a great time to take a minute and think about money. Money is always an issue for most of us. Either we’re spending it, saving it, talking about it, fighting over it or worrying…

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Veterans

VA launches online tool to calculate GI Bill benefits

Posted  February 6, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Veterans Affairs Department today launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. “We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are taking…

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Salutes & Awards

Biomedical Sciences Corps wraps up appreciation week

Posted  February 6, 2014

Staff from the Biomedical Sciences Corps ended their appreciation week with a luncheon here Jan. 31. The purpose of the BSC appreciation week is to promote awareness of the many functions and capabilities between the different corps at the 355th Medical Group. There are 15 biomedical science career fields practiced among the U.S. Air Force….

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: Capt. Spring Clegg

Posted  February 6, 2014

Capt. Spring Clegg, from the 612th Theater Operations Group, has been selected as a member of the U.S. Military Endurance Sports Elite Cycling team to represent the Armed Forces during the Team Tucson Camp here March 9-16. The U.S. Military Endurance Sports Program is a privately funded 501(c) 3 non-profit organization supporting recreational and competitive…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M Airman is recognized for his work overseas

Posted  February 6, 2014

Master Sgt. Bruce Archer, 355th Security Forces Squadron defender, was presented the bronze star for his work in Afghanistan, Jan. 10. Archer spent a year in Afghanistan working as the sole advisor for the Afghan Security Forces Company Commander, six Afghan Technical school instructors and over 100 security forces personnel. Having been a prior instructor…

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Local Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 6, 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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Airmen race cars on millionaire’s track

Posted  February 6, 2014

Five Desert Lightning Team members received the opportunity to drive cars at a private motorsports club’s race track in Willcox, Ariz., Jan. 17. Graham Dorland, Inde Motorsports Ranch owner, opened up the club for a day to D-M Airmen after talking to Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief. IMR is a…

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Treasures in the Attic

Posted  February 6, 2014

The Airman’s Attic, a little warehouse located behind the Airman and Family Readiness Center, is a place where donated items are offered free of charge to Airmen around the base. Items include clothing, toys, furniture, kitchen and other household items, electronics, uniforms and many other things that Airmen may need, but are unable to afford….

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