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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

Surviving the Summer in Arizona

Posted  April 3, 2014

With summer on the way, there are a few extra precautions that Airmen and their families should take before heading outdoors. Tech. Sgt. Mathew Anderson, 355th Fighter Wing ground safety noncommissioned officer, and Cindy Davis, the Health and Wellness Center’s community dietician share helpful tips to keep Airmen safe during the Arizona summer. “When school…

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Local Briefs April 4, 2014

Posted  April 3, 2014

Leaders Are Readers Book Club Are you looking for some mentorship and development? Do you like to read? Then Leaders are Readers is for you! Our purpose is to enhance the professional growth of all Desert Lighting Team members through reading and mentoring. Leaders are Readers discuss leadership novels from the CSAF Reading List as…

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A-10 Thunderbolt continues to rock the sky

Posted  April 3, 2014

The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Posted  April 3, 2014

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…

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Diamond Sharp April 4, 2014

Posted  April 3, 2014

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Wesley Shumard First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jason Maberry Duty title: Assistant NCOIC of the Student Flight When joined the AF: June 2009 Hometown: Norman, OK Hobbies: Restoring older vehicles Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Shumard has recently earned 10 credit hours and was awarded both the Aviation Maintenance Technology & Aviation Ops CCAFs….

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Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward for base inspections

Posted  April 3, 2014

Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward known as the Air Force Inspection System – those three things sum up what members of the Desert Lightning Team should take away from last week’s Unit Effectiveness Inspection. The Air Combat Command Inspector General Team conducted the 355th Fighter Wing’s Capstone event, known as a UEI,…

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What to know before you go to the open house

Posted  April 3, 2014

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona” Air Show and Open House April 12 and 13. The event is open to the public and admission is free. It is two days of nonstop entertainment, but a few tips can help make the experience more pleasurable for guests. Traffic…

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Pilot for a Day: Dana Morgan

Posted  April 3, 2014

The 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron hosted nine-year-old Dana Morgan as an honorary Pilot for a Day here March 14. Dana smiles after a ride in a fire truck with Airman 1st Class Joshua Scully, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter. Pilot for a Day is a program which allows children, who have serious or chronic conditions,…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Posted  April 3, 2014

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Welcome

Posted  April 10, 2014

On behalf of the men and women of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, we’d like to personally welcome you to the 2014 “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona” Open House. We are honored to have you here as our special guests and hope to make your visit with us as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Our goal…

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