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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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Weatherman Jimmy Stewart brings his bus to D-M

Posted  November 16, 2012

Jimmy Stewart, retired KVOA-TV weatherman visited D-M with his Weather Bus Nov. 7. From October through April, three days a week and three weeks a month, Jimmy Stewart’s Weather Bus will visit a different school each day. The bus had two stops on D-M. The first was at Borman Elementary School where weather science was…

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Civilians must schedule use or lose leave before Dec. 1

Posted  November 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The 2012 civilian employee leave year ends Jan. 12, 2013, and Air Force Personnel Center officials remind civilians that those who have more than the maximum carryover hours of annual leave on that date risk losing their leave. The maximum carryover ceiling is 240 hours for stateside employees,…

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Military leave carryover extension expires Oct. 1

Posted  November 16, 2012

Unless approved for special leave accrual, active-duty and Active Guard Reserve members who have more than 60 days of leave must use it or lose it by Oct. 1, 2013, when the temporary leave carryover extension provision expires, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision that…

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New process helps prevent adverse civilian pay

Posted  November 16, 2012

Civilian employees’ supervisors will now get automatic email reminders 45 and 20 days before personnel actions are due to help prevent adverse impact on civilian pay and records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Automatic notifications will go out for various actions, including when a supervisor must certify a step increase, complete an appraisal for…

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Nomination deadline for Military Child of the Year

Posted  November 16, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — An organization whose primary mission is to provide emergency financial and other services to the families of service members and wounded warriors is opening nominations for one of their top recognition programs. Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization formed shortly after 9/11 to support families of deployed service members, is accepting nominations for…

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Lessons from Concessions: “Leading through service”

Posted  November 16, 2012

Quite often, Airmen are asked to volunteer for numerous on and off-base organizations. In many cases, assistance is required to work at concessions to help raise money for worthy causes or to work in other community activities. The work is sometimes hard, the hours sometimes long, but there is a lesson from working in these…

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OSI helps those traveling abroad via AF Portal

Posted  November 16, 2012

LANGLEY AFB, VA. – As foreign travel increases within the Department of Defense community, the risk of foreign intelligence targeting also increases. You can be the target of a foreign intelligence or security service at any time and any place. However, the possibility of becoming the target of foreign intelligence activities is greater when you…

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The Ceremonial Guardsman

Posted  November 16, 2012

Basic Military Training can be tough and stressful, and it was no different for Kellen Ferguson. His days were spent dusting corners, tightening sheets and creating e-folds. It was a monotonous routine until one day the trainees were privy to a U.S. Air Force Honor Guard demonstration that set him on the path his Air…

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AF leaders brief BMT sexual misconduct investigation findings

Posted  November 16, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced Nov. 14 to members of the press here the results of the commander-directed investigation regarding the occurrences of sexual misconduct within basic military training between October 2010 and June 2011. The CDI was commissioned by Gen. Edward Rice, commander of Air Education and Training Command, June 20, 2012…

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Health & Safety

Keep holiday weight off your plate

Posted  November 16, 2012

Temps are dropping, holidays are approaching, stress levels are raising and, for many us, our weight starts increasing. In fact, the average American gains approximately two to five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Is it really a problem if a person gains one to two pounds during the holidays? According to TriWest Healthcare Alliance…

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