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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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Commentary

Innovate, Airmen innovate!

Posted  September 27, 2012

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Air Force must innovate its way into the future, today! It’s been nearly two decades since Joel A. Barker wrote his book Paradigms in which he describes a state where business and organizational cultures become stagnant and fail to adapt to rapidly changing environments, essentially getting stuck in…

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Air Force

Herschel Walker talks to Airmen about resiliency

Posted  September 27, 2012

Herschel Walker, the former professional football player and 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, came to D-M to talk to Airmen about resiliency at the base theater Sept. 21.

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Health & Safety

D-M chapels increase spiritual health of Airmen, families

Posted  September 27, 2012

Spiritual health is one of the four pillars in Comprehensive Airman Fitness. One of the Air Force’s major resources in strengthening this component is the chapel systems. Be it a religious service or some morale-boosting down time, the services provided by D-M’s chapel are designed with Airmen and their families in mind. Davis-Monthan has two…

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Events

Crime and Punishment: June – August 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Article 15 Actions – August During August 2012, D-M commanders administered 11 Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in…

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Local

D-M Thrift Store holds Grand Re-Opening

Posted  September 27, 2012

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Moore) U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Wilma English, D-M Thrift Store manager, cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening of the D-M Thrift Store on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 8. The store is now located on Flora St….

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Soldiers secure virtual battlefield during Coalition Virtual Flag exercise

Posted  September 27, 2012

Airmen, Soldiers and members of the Australian, Canadian and British air services took part in a Coalition Virtual Flag exercise at the 612th Air and Space Operations Center here, Sept. 17-20. Coalition Virtual Flag’s purpose was to train on command and control in a simulated real-time environment. Allied AOC facilities from all around the world…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp September 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Staff Sgt. Asia Cook, 755th AMXS Staff Sgt. Asia Cook, 755th AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Chris Blue Duty Title: Debrief NCOIC When joined the AF: Aug. 9, 2005 Hometown:  Moreno Valley, California / Atlanta, Georgia Hobbies: Crafts, skydiving, football, and modeling. Selection Reasons:  Sergeant Asia Cook is the NCOIC of debrief and responsible for…

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Local Briefs September 28, 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Short Sales & Other Homeowner Relief Programs Sept. 28, 10-11 a.m. (**NEW time**) – Airman & Family Readiness Center A HUD Quality Assurance representative will provide current information on short sales, dealing with lenders, recent legislation providing relief for homeowners, and scams associated with the current mortgage situation. Please RVSP at 228-5690. Arizona Empowerment Scholarship…

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World

AFSOUTH hosts Brazilian Air Force

Posted  September 20, 2012

U.S. Air Force photos by Capt. Justin Brockhoff Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Forces (Air Forces Southern) commander and Col. John Gordy, vice commander, prepare to greet five key leaders from the Brazilian Air Force. The distinguished visitors from Brazil visited AFSOUTH to discuss bilateral relations and building partnerships, Sept. 15 – 21. Our…

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Health & Safety

‘On house’ medical services not really free

Posted  September 20, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many times have you heard that those in the military receive “free” medical care? Well, it is free isn’t it? Not even close. In fact, every aspect of a person’s medical care has a cost. Each year the Defense Department spends more than $50 billion for medical care,…

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