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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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Health & Safety

Personally training D-M

Posted  March 20, 2014

Are you lacking the motivation to keep yourself fit to fight? Well, the 355th Force Support Squadron has a solution for you; personal trainers. A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They help motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. D-M personal trainers also…

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The last bite

Posted  March 20, 2014

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Shake, take, salute and pose for a photo–Tyndall’s 2014 March Enlisted Promotion Ceremony was carrying on as usual. I raised my camera, waited for the grip and grin moment and then took the photo of family members tacking on the member’s stripes. As I raised my camera, getting ready for the…

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Changes coming to deployed Airman pay

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Starting June 1, Airmen deployed to several locations will see significant changes to pay programs. The biggest change includes the discontinuation of imminent danger pay, or IDP, in multiple countries. The DOD-wide announcement impacts Airmen deployed to 15 countries. “The IDP recertification process is an assessment that includes input from combatant commands, the joint…

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PLAYpass program draws to an end

Posted  March 20, 2014

During a time of increased deployments the Air Force wanted to find a way to help families stay connected. In 2011, the PLAYpass program was launched and due to the increased usage in the last year, funding has run out. The PLAYpass program, funded by Office of Secretary of Defense, provided support to family members…

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Events

Local Briefs March 21, 2104

Posted  March 20, 2014

Pat’s Run Troop Run registration ends March 31 April 26, Benko Fitness Center The ruck/walk/run will begin at the Benko Fitness Center is scheduled for April 26 and will be approximately 4.2 miles long. This event can be enjoyed by all family members! Cost of adults is $20 and children under 12 is $5. Deadline…

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New nutrition: MCAHC tips on health

Posted  March 20, 2014

FORT EUSTIS, Va.  – In the Department of Defense Total Force Fitness diagram, nutrition represents one of the eight main concepts of fitness. National Nutrition Month takes place during March, and Service members looking to improve their nutritional fitness have options to change their habits in healthy, easy-to-manage ways, said Mary Rewinski, McDonald Army Health Center dietician….

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Transportation official urges planning before PCS moves

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON – With warmer weather comes peak moving season, so when orders are in hand, people should plan ahead to ensure the most hassle-free relocation, a senior official who oversees personal property moves for military families said in a recent interview. Navy Capt. Aaron Stanley, personal property program director for U.S. Transportation Command’s Military Surface…

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Salutes & Awards

Desert Lightning Team’s 2013 Annual Award Winners

Posted  March 20, 2014

Cathleen Harrison, 355th Comptroller Squadron senior accountant. Harrison won the 355th Fighter Wing Senior Civilian of the Year award for 2013. Tech. Sgt. Adam Boubede, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron electrical systems craftsmen, reviews a design drawing. Boubede won the 355th Fighter Wing Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award for 2013.  Marie Guinee, 355th Comptroller Squadron…

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Health & Safety

AF improves its personnel reliability program

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Changes are coming to the Air Force’s program used to ensure personnel who perform nuclear-related duties are of sound mind and body on the job. The decades-old Personnel Reliability Program, or PRP, is used by all branches of service with duties tied to nuclear weapons to ensure personnel are reliable to perform nuclear-related responsibilities,…

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Air Force continues force management programs

Posted  March 20, 2014

Washington (AFNS) – Air Force leaders announced a resumption of all force management programs March 15 following a recently discussed strategic pause. “After providing senior leadership a chance to evaluate the programs and assess our early progress, we are ready to resume immediate processing of voluntary applications in most categories and begin notifying Airmen of their…

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