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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 Snowbird public comment period

Posted  September 20, 2012

The U.S. Air Force is extending the public comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment concerning Operation Snowbird here until Oct. 4. This additional 20-day extension allows citizens more time to analyze the proposal to implement National Guard Training Plan 60-1 supporting Operation Snowbird. The public comment period began July 31, 2012. The Air Force…

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AFPC to improve unemployment comp process

Posted  September 20, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Half-a-dozen personnelists here recently completed a rapid improvement event to review Air Force management of the nonappropriated fund, appropriated fund and military unemployment compensation programs, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Last year, AFPC requested an official audit of the appropriated fund civilian and military processes to help…

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HC-130P takes its final flight on D-M

Posted  September 20, 2012

The HC-130P executed its final mission at the D-M flightline on Sept. 12. The 79th Rescue Squadron, the only HC-130 squadron on D-M, will soon utilize the HC-130J…

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DeCA begins rollout of Commissary Rewards Card

Posted  September 20, 2012

FORT LEE, Va — The Defense Commissary Agency is making progress in its rollout of the Commissary Rewards Card that will soon allow customers to access and redeem digital coupons at all of its stores. Testing began Aug. 8 at the Fort Lee Commissary, Va., eventually moving to 30 stores by the end of the…

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Patriot Golf Day raises $50K for military charities

Posted  September 20, 2012

At the third annual Patriot Golf Day held here Sept. 10 a banner at Ventana Canyon Country Club in northwest Tucson welcomed golfers and promised them the day’s outing would be…

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Health & Safety

Test Your Aerobic Fitness

Posted  September 20, 2012

The Health and Wellness Center recently introduced a new piece of equipment; something that could help you improve physical fitness test scores…

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Airman, wife make harmonious music

Posted  September 20, 2012

Music is the soundtrack to our lives. We listen to it at work, at home, in the car and even when riding in elevators. Music can be an expression of our emotions for those who listen to it, as well as those who create it. For Senior Airman Kai Eilert, 43rd Electronic Combat Group airborne cryptologic linguist, and his wife Annette,…

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Local Briefs September 21, 2011

Posted  September 20, 2012

USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program The Family Child Care Office at D-M AFB announces the sponsorship of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against in any USDA related…

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Salutes & Awards

SFS Master Sergeant receives Bronze Star

Posted  September 13, 2012

A master sergeant from the 355th Security Forces Squadron was awarded a Bronze Star at the base theater here September 4. Master Sgt. Brian LaMasney, 355th SFS, installation…

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Airmen urged to reenlist, extend before Military Personnel Data System upgrade

Posted  September 13, 2012

Air Force officials are urging Regular Air Force Airmen who are eligible to reenlist or extend their current enlistment in December and early Jan. 2013 to complete these personnel actions through the myPers website and their base military personnel sections or force support squadrons by Nov. 15 to avoid processing delays and military pay issues….

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