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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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Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue capabilities

Posted  April 10, 2014

During Thunder and Lightning over Arizona, spectators can witness a mission unique to the Air Force, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), through a demonstration simulating the rescue of an injured U.S. Marine, injured by an IED while on patrol. Air Force members from Davis-Monthan will showcase their capabilities. Visitors will see the 354th Fighter Squadron,…

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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

Posted  April 10, 2014

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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USAFA Wings of Blue

Posted  April 10, 2014

Each year, the Wings of Blue Demonstration Team performs at more than 50 special events in front of over 2 million spectators. Demonstration venues include airshows, NFL and College football games, and special events across the nation and around the world. The Wings of Blue have demonstrated their intricate aerial skills at major venues such…

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Desert Rats

Posted  April 10, 2014

The “Desert Rats” Warbird Demonstration Team makes a high-speed run past each other in their CJ-6A Chinese basic pilot trainer aircraft. The CJ-6 aircraft, designed in 1958, are still flown today by China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. The CJ-6 is a Chinese version of the Yakovlev Yak-18A. Its predecessor, the Nanchang CJ-5, was a licence-built version…

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Will Allen: The Flying Tenor

Posted  April 10, 2014

Combining his vocal talents with his flying, Will Allen as “The Flying Tenor” brings a new type of air show performance that will stir your soul. Will sings the national anthem live from the cockpit of his Pitts bi-plane while flying an aerobatic routine that has been choreographed to harmonize with the cadence and crescendos of the…

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The writing on the “Walls”

Posted  April 10, 2014

The “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona” open house will feature many showcases, mostly centered on aerial displays. But one exhibit takes us from the skies to the ground and across thousands of miles to the sands of Iraq, where the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group sparked a movement that would come to be known as the…

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D-M Airman defuses situation downrange

Posted  April 10, 2014

One of the biggest defense mechanisms of any expeditionary air base is the ability to launch aircraft to neutralize threats. Several 380th Air Expeditionary Wing agencies are charged with getting air operations back up and running as soon as possible should the flightline or runway be attacked. The 380th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal…

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What to know before you go to the open house

Posted  April 10, 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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Being blessed by benevolence; AF honors Ben’s Bells founder

Posted  April 17, 2014

Jeannette Mare, founder and executive director of Ben’s Bells Project, flew in a Hometown Hero flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, April 11. After 11 years of service, Mare was awarded the Hometown Hero Award for the resilience she displayed following a personal tragedy. “I was completely shocked, because it is…

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AF updates officer, enlisted voluntary force management eligibility lists

Posted  April 17, 2014

Select Airmen in specific categories who were not formerly eligible for fiscal year 2014 force management voluntary separation are now being offered voluntary separation. These individuals will not be subject to involuntary programs in fiscal 2014. Officers from 33 Air Force specialty codes by year group and enlisted Airmen from seven AFSCs by grade are…

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