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Don’t become a target

Considering recent threats against Americans and the exponential growth of social media use, becoming a target of an adversary is easier than ever. Operations Security is a process that identifies unclassified, critical information, and outlines potential threats and risks associated while developing countermeasures to safeguard that critical information. “Operations Security is any information that an…

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Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: · Wear flame retardant costumes. · Hem your costumes so you don’t…

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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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162nd Fighter Wing first in region to receive MEOC

Posted  November 16, 2012

The 162nd Fighter Wing received a new piece of emergency equipment Nov. 1 – a Mobile Emergency Operations Center, or MEOC – to act as an incident command post in the event of emergencies or special events. “The MEOC stands ready as a state or region asset for incidents such as natural disasters, aircraft mishaps,…

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Chief master sergeant promotion list announced

Posted  November 16, 2012

For any enlisted Airman, achieving the rank of chief master sergeant can often be the pinnacle of their military career. Of all enlisted Airmen, only one percent will ever make the rank of chief master sergeant during their time in the military. Those Airmen who hold the grade of E-9 are the cream of the…

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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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Salutes & Awards

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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