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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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Finding secondhand treasures at the Airman’s Attic

Posted  November 16, 2012

Have you been facing tough financial times lately? If so, you should come to the Airman’s Attic where you can find things such as pre-owned uniforms, dishes, furniture and much more. “The Airman’s Attic is a way to help Airmen that don’t have the funds to purchase the full priced items, but have a need…

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Local Briefs – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

Cookie Crunch Davis-Monthan’s Annual Cookie Crunch is under way! Help spread holiday cheer to our Airmen by ringing a “taste of home” to their dormitories. Cookie collection and packagewill be help at the Mirage club on Dec. 3, 6:30 a.m. -5 p.m., and Dec. 4, 6:30 – 10 a.m. Cookies can be placed in disposable…

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Veterans Day honors a truly elite group

Posted  November 9, 2012

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Because we are Airmen, and are surrounded by the military on a daily basis, it can sometimes be easy to forget how incredibly significant it is to be a veteran. The approximately 22 million living veterans in this country make up only about 7 percent of the population. And…

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Base Harvest Festival a huge success

Posted  November 9, 2012

Airmen and their families congregated in the Hope Chapel parking lot for this year’s Harvest Festival Oct. 31. Harvest Festival is an alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating. The festival featured a plethora of activities including face painting, game booths, costume contest, candy, prizes and more. “So much of what you see and experience on Halloween is…

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D-M hosts adaptive sporting demo

Posted  November 9, 2012

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Hector Herrera, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, and Master Sgt. Steven Shulski, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, tip off during an adaptive sporting demonstration at the Benko Fitness Center on here Oct. 30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle) Disabled athletes from the University…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  November 9, 2012

Airman 1st Class Scott A. Garner Family: Allen Garner, Annette Garner, Arielle Alelunas Hometown: Tucson, AZ Unit: 943rd Operations Support Flight Job title: Aircrew Flight Equipment Technician Job description: Inspect, maintain, and pack aircrew flight equipment such as oxygen masks, NVG’s, survival kits, flotation devices, anti G-suits, and parachutes. Most rewarding job aspect: Ensuring aircrew…

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AF officials delay MilPDS upgrade

Posted  November 9, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are delaying the upgrade of the Military Personnel Data System that was originally scheduled for December. Delaying the upgrade is necessary to ensure the new system is thoroughly tested by the Air Force Personnel Center and other Department of Defense and Air Force agencies that use…

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Program gives recordable books to deployed Airmen

Posted  November 9, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services officials are sending more than 900 recordable children’s books to learning resource centers at six deployed locations throughout the U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s area of responsibility. The Air Force Library Program collaborated with the Directorate of Services’ PLAYpass initiative to…

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Strong leadership today may save lives tomorrow

Posted  November 9, 2012

An Afghan woman and her son ride a donkey through a U.S. Army scout presence patrol in Nawbor Village, Bala Murghab District, Badghis Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2011. The scouts, who hail from White Platoon, Bulldog Troop, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, identified the woman’s family as having recently moved to the village, after insurgents…

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