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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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When keeping it real goes wrong

Posted  March 14, 2014

It’s Tuesday, and after a long day at work I’m reminded that I have an intramural league basketball game tonight. After arriving home and quickly changing I make my way back to the base gym to avoid the scrutiny of my coach and team mates.  As I begin to search through the maze of a…

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Annual D-M 50 picnic scheduled for March 15

Posted  March 14, 2014

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held March 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park here.  The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food, drinks and events. “It is a…

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Old Dawgs & Pups recognize one of D-M’s Finest 

Posted  March 14, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Josh Slavin Staff Sgt. Aaron Escalante, 355th Security Forces Squadron Military Working dog handler, receives a certificate from Major Douglas Whitehead, 355th SFS commander, here March 1. Escalante was recognized for his service as a MWD handler during tours to Qatar and Afghanistan. The Old Dawgs & Pups…

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12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) training team builds partnership with Panamanian AF

Posted  March 14, 2014

Courtesy Photo Master Sgt. Jeremy Jacobs, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Tactical Aircraft Manager, and Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) A3/5 Superintendent, took part in the 20 day temporary duty assignment aimed at building partner capability pose for a photo with their Panamanian counterparts.  Members from a 12th Air…

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Firefighters get a refresher on crash recovery and rescue of vintage aircraft

Posted  March 14, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski Thomas Gregory III, Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation pilot, instructs Airmen from the 355th Fire Emergency Services flight on extrication procedure from a P-47 Thunderbolt here, Feb. 27. Gregory informed the Airmen on every possible situation that could arise during a flight mishap. Members of…

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Tucson readies for “Fix a Leak Week”

Posted  March 20, 2014

“Fix a Leak Week” is a national awareness campaign that runs from March 17- 23. During the week, Tucson Water and the EPA’s WaterSense division is reminding people of the amount of water collectively lost through minor household leaks, inside and outside. These leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually, nationwide….

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Air Force-Wide BAH recertification

Posted  March 20, 2014

LANGLEY AFB, Va.  – An Air Force-wide Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) recertification for Airmen currently receiving with-dependant Rate BAH began March 1 and is scheduled to be completed by December 2014. Master Sgt. Danny Avery, 633rd Comptroller Squadron financial services officer, said after discrepancies were found in the BAH recertification process during a recent Department of…

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Social Security launches expedited veteran disability process

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total have a new process that will treat their applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions. Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting Social Security commissioner, said the new process is similar to the way…

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Tucson offers DLT opportunity to horse around

Posted  March 20, 2014

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington) Lauren Pickett, left, and Gianna Banning pose for a picture in front of the riding arena at Ashbrook Farm in Tucson, March 10. Lauren and Gianna have been riding for three and four years respectively, and both love the sport. Lauren is the daughter of Maj. Michael…

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Air Land Sea Application Center (ALSA) visits D-M

Posted  March 20, 2014

The Air Land Sea Application (ALSA) Center, located at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA visited Davis-Monthan AFB and Fort Huachuca on March 11 and 12. ALSA may be an organization only some recognize by name, but for whom many can be thankful for the products of their labor. As the Joint Staff J7 produces joint publications…

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