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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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Events

Local Briefs October 12, 2012

Posted  October 11, 2012

Deployed Airmen & Families -Halloween Bowling Oct. 20, 4-6 p.m. – D-M Bowling Center Wear your costume and come out for some bowling fun. Food will be provided and everyone will receive Halloween goodies! Please call 228-5690 by Oct. 18 to register. -Reintegration & Welcome Home Banner Event Oct. 29, 5-6 p.m. – Airman &…

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354th FS and 355th AMXS deploy

Posted  October 4, 2012

Members of the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron recently deployed from D-M. The first to leave were a complement of operators and maintainers…

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Air Force

Roth contributions open to all active-duty service members

Posted  October 4, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Beginning Oct. 1, active-duty members of the Air Force, Army and Navy will be able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said Sept. 28. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from service members’ pay accounts. Active-duty service…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M control tower named best in the Air Force

Posted  October 4, 2012

Earlier this year, it was announced that D-M’s Air Traffic Control Tower had won the D. Ray Hardin Air Traffic Control Facility of the Year award. Davis-Monthan has won the award at the Air Combat Command level for the past two years. This is the first time that D-M has won at the Air Force…

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Events

Changing of the guards

Posted  October 4, 2012

Security officers of Chenega Corporation, formerly Tanya Walker and Company, are no longer guarding the front gates due to their contract ending Sept. 30. The 355th Security Forces Squadron will take over as permanent gate guards. The company had been in contract with the base for roughly six and a half years. The transition from…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week October 5, 2012

Posted  October 4, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Lisbeth Aquino Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Lisbeth Aquino Family: Lucila Guerrero (mom), Julio and Eduardo Aquino( brothers) Hometown: Palmdale, CA Unit: 355 Component Maintenance Squadron Job title: Electronic Warfare Team Member Job description: Inspect and Maintain Electronic Warfare Pods Most rewarding job aspect:…

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Airmen able to vote by absentee ballots

Posted  October 4, 2012

No one has to miss out on getting their vote in for the upcoming general election. With FVAP.gov voting for military members, it is simpler than ever. The 2012 general election will be held Nov. 6 and deadlines to register absentee ballots are state-dependent and can be found at the FVAP.gov website. An absentee ballot…

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Health & Safety

More airports offer streamlined security screening

Posted  October 4, 2012

WASHINGTON – Active duty service members and other eligible travelers now have more opportunity to take advantage of streamlined security check-in, as Transportation Security Administration officials have added two more airports to the program. Eligible passengers can enter a separate security lane at participating airports without removing their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and they…

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Lodging rates increase Oct. 1

Posted  October 4, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — After four years without a rate increase, Air Force lodging rates will go up beginning Oct. 1, said Air Force Personnel Center officials Sept. 27. The increase is necessary to ensure Air Force Lodging rates cover current operating and capital improvement costs, said Maj. Gen. A.J. Stewart, AFPC commander….

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Commentary

How we look in uniform can make a difference

Posted  October 4, 2012

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — It’s said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” but what is said when a military member is wearing his uniform wrong or looks unprofessional…

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