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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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Operation COPE to be held in October

Posted  October 4, 2012

Deployments can be an adjustment for Airmen and their families so to assist with the transition, D-M is scheduled to hold Operation COPE here Oct. 26-28. COPE stands for connect, organize, provide and educate. The event is a retreat to honor deploying Airmen and their families. It helps to foster both healthy separation and reintegration…

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Data Center improves self-service for ID cards

Posted  October 4, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Defense Manpower Data Center is making it easier for service members and their families to get and maintain identification cards. The center has launched its RAPIDS — Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System — self-service portal to allow service members and reservists with the Defense Department’s common access card, or CAC, to apply…

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F-22 mission takes Tyndall AFB to Air Combat Command

Posted  October 4, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Tyndall Air Force Base transitioned from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command Oct. 1 to reflect the new operational mission of the 325th Fighter Wing. As part of the F-22 fleet management program announced by the Air Force in July 2010, Tyndall Air Force Base, which…

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Health & Safety

OSI introduces new smartphone anonymous tip line

Posted  October 4, 2012

QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force Office of Special Investigations has opened its first anonymous tip line that allows submissions from the Internet, via SMS (texting) or using a smartphone application. The application was created in order to capitalize on cyberspace and engage the Air Force community more effectively, officials said. “This tool will…

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U.S. Air Force Academy Alumni Association to hold annual meeting

Posted  October 4, 2012

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the Association of Graduates (AOG) will hold its annual meeting on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at a graduate’s home in the NW Tucson area. The meeting and social are open to all USAFA Graduates and their guests. This is a perfect opportunity for meeting fellow local graduates in a…

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Fire Prevention Week at Davis-Monthan

Posted  October 4, 2012

Your home should be a safe haven. But do you regularly check for home fire hazards? The 2012 Fire Prevention Week campaign runs from October 7-13.

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Fire Prevention Week Activities

Posted  October 4, 2012

-Oct. 6, 10  – 11:30 a.m. Fire Prevention Week Parade Privatized Housing Area -Oct. 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Commissary Fire Truck static display Blood -Pressure checks, Fire Safety information, Fire Extinguisher demonstrations -Oct. 9, 9  – 11 a.m. Child Development Center Bldg 2612 Fire Truck static display with “Sparky & Pumper” -Oct. 9,…

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Health & Safety

Is your home fire and injury safe?

Posted  October 4, 2012

Although it is difficult to prepare for the unexpected, reviewing the information below and following the recommended actions can help to save the lives of your family. Home Fires One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2010, 19 home fires killed five…

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Job reservation program continues through FY13

Posted  October 4, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force career job reservation program will continue through fiscal year 2013, with more than 1,000 Airmen from 30 career fields likely to be affected, Air Force officials announced today. The CJR program is implemented to help control the number of first-term Airmen allowed to reenlist in career…

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Airmen honor Belgian Malinois

Posted  October 4, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — A Belgian Malinois became the first military working dog honored by the 341st Training Squadron for her heroic actions while assigned to a U.S. Special Forces unit in Afghanistan.

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