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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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Annual Build-A-Boat competition leads the way into summer

Posted  June 1, 2012

The 101 Critical Days of Summer Program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base got off to a warm, but wet start with the 2012 version of the Annual Build-A-Boat competition at the outdoor recreation pool.

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Tops in Blue coming to Tucson

Posted  June 1, 2012

The Air Force’s premier entertainment group, Tops in Blue, is slated to perform at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall June 3. The show is free, open to the public and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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Health & Safety

Annual 101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign

Posted  June 1, 2012

This year, the 355th Fighter Wing Safety Office is throwing together the annual 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign at the Mirage Club on May 24 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The 101 Critical days of summer officially started May 25 and ends Sept. 4. “Our goal for this campaign is to reduce or…

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Warrior of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Tyler M.J. Smith Family: Ashley (wife) Hometown: Greene, Maine Unit: 355 EMS/Munitions Flight Job title: Equipment Maintenance Crew Member Job description: Performs routine inspection/maintenance on 170 pieces of munitions material handling equipment.…

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Program offers paid training for unemployed veterans

Posted  June 1, 2012

WASHINGTON – Unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 can apply for up to 12 months of paid training through a new program sponsored by the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs. The population the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program will serve is particularly in need, Curtis L. Coy, the VA’s deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity, said…

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Development team to select chief nurses in June

Posted  June 1, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Lieutenant colonel and lieutenant colonel-select nurses interested in chief nurse opportunities must ensure their Airman Development Plan is up to date and statement of intent is submitted by the June 11 suspense, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The nurse corps development team will convene in June to select…

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Command Chief impacts more than just DLT

Posted  June 1, 2012

Chief Master Sergeant Vincent Howard, 355th Fighter Wing command chief master sergeant, was honored as one of the 25 Most Influential African Americans in Southern Arizona at a ceremony held at the...

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The weight loss ‘secret’

Posted  June 1, 2012

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) — Two controversial topics that often dominate the headlines in our country are obesity and weight loss. We are bombarded day and night with advertisements for weight loss pills, diets and workout contraptions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34 percent of American adults 20 years and…

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Stay hydrated, stay healthy

Posted  June 1, 2012

Do you have dry skin, headaches, dry mouth and fatigue? If so, congratulations, you may be dehydrated. As the weather in Tucson is hitting the triple digits, it’s becoming more imperative to drink water...

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Program helps those leaving military

Posted  June 1, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Leaving the military and entering the civilian world can be a hard transition for many people to make. The Transition Assistance Program is one way the military helps those leaving the service. The Defense Department’s TAP program was designed to smooth the transition of military personnel and family members…

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