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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

Turn in your medication for safe disposal

Posted  September 20, 2012

The 355th Security Forces Squadron will host the Drug Enforcement Agency National Pharmaceutical Take Back Day at the Base Exchange Pharmacy Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The pharmacy will be accepting unused, unwanted or expired medication for safe disposal. This is an effort put forth by the DEA to crack down on the control of…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week September 21, 2012

Posted  September 20, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Jennifer L. Dane Family: Michael and Phyllis Acree (Parents), Tyler Acree and Phillip Acree (Brothers).

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Dempsey: Public trust requires apolitical military

Posted  September 20, 2012

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wants service members and veterans to consider what using the uniform for partisan politics does to the trust Americans have in their military. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey has maintained throughout his 38-year career that the American military, as a whole, must remain apolitical — meaning being…

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Sports

D-M 50 hosts a night of fun and football

Posted  September 20, 2012

The annual D-M 50 Univer-sity of Arizona game and tail-gate provided food and fun for military members and their families Sept. 15 at University Mall. More than 2,000 members of the Desert Lightning Team could be found at the corner of University Boulevard and Campbell Road on Saturday, where the D-M 50 provided a buffet-style…

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Air Force

Study references available for 2013 promotion cycle

Posted  September 20, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has begun its 43rd year of enlisted promotion test production. During the 2012 promotion cycle, 240 unique promotion tests were administered to support the Weighted Airman Promotion System and the U.S. Air Force Senior NCO Promotion System. “Today’s Air Force continues to write fair, valid, credible,…

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Commentary

Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted  September 20, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the Base Exchange….

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Four kids, the STAHD and an Air Force mom

Posted  September 20, 2012

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Their kids tell other kids at school, “My momma wears combat boots.” This isn’t your typical Air Force family.

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Events

GOV service station closure

Posted  September 20, 2012

The Main Military Service Station and the AMARG Service Station will be closed Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. for end of year closeout. Both service stations will reopen Oct. 1 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Please ensure your govern-ment vehicles are filled prior to this timeframe. All emer-gency vehicles (SFS, Fire Dept., Ambulances, etc.) can be…

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Protocol can handle that

Posted  September 20, 2012

The 355th Protocol office can be called a Jack-of-all-trades that wears many hats. From distinguished visitor stays to the Air Force Ball, Protocol has a hand in ensuring a multitude of base events run smoothly. One of their main duties is DV hospitality. These important guests can range from Air Force leaders to foreign dignitaries…

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Commentary

Don’t worry, help is here

Posted  September 20, 2012

Mental health plays an essential role in shaping one’s life. A person free of excessive anxiety, stress and worry is more capable of living life to the fullest. A mentally fit person maintains a positive self image and interacts well with co-workers, family and friends. With this in mind, the Air Force Reserve Command created…

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