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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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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off for 2012

Posted  September 13, 2012

The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Sept. 1 in workplaces around the world. The campaign will run until Dec. 15 and, here on D-M, representatives are gearing up to help make this year’s campaign a success. The CFC is one of the largest and most successful annual charities held in today’s workplace. It raises millions…

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Local Briefs September 14, 2012

Posted  September 13, 2012

Scheduled Power Outages Sept. 22, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Following facilities will be affected: 4818, 4822, 4844, 4845, 4851, 4852, 4857, 4858, 4859. -Sept. 29, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Following facilities will be affected: 68, 81,88, 94, 96, 97, 104, 110, 113, 121, 125, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 134, 136,…

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Iraqi Air Force F-16 training takes off in Arizona

Posted  September 6, 2012

While the Republic of Iraq anticipates an initial delivery of F-16 Fighting Falcons in September 2014, the pilots who will fly them embark on a historic partnership with the…

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12th Air Force celebrates 70 years of service

Posted  September 6, 2012

12th Air Force personnel, visiting dignitaries, both current and past leadership, wing commanders, command chiefs, a former Vietnam Prisoner of War and Tucson civilians celebrated…

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One month remains for NCOs to volunteer for retraining

Posted  September 6, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Noncommissioned officers in unrestricted career fields affected by the fiscal year 2013 NCO Retraining Program have a month to volunteer for retraining, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 30. Affected Airmen in restricted fields, however, have until today to volunteer. NCOs who volunteer during Phase…

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Unemployed vets receive training to enhance job skills

Posted  September 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved more than 36,000 applications for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), a new training and education program for unemployed Veterans to upgrade their skills for in-demand jobs. “The tremendous response illustrates how important this program is in providing Veterans the opportunity to find employment in a…

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Airmen have a choice — get bitter or get better

Posted  September 6, 2012

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — As warriors in today’s Air Force we face many overwhelming challenges. These challenges include an ever-expanding mission, a constantly shrinking manpower pool, a diminishing budget, an increasing overload of personal stressors, a demanding environment of “multi-hatted” duties at all levels and the same expectation of excellence in all areas…

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AFSOUTH Airmen gain insight on commercial aircraft maintenance

Posted  September 6, 2012

Recently, three members of 12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) Logistics and Maintenance division went to the Hawker Beechcraft service center in Mesa, Ariz., to gain insight on commercial maintenance best practices for the Super King propeller-driven aircraft to assist in familiarization training for South American partner nations with these types of aircraft. As part of building…

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EOD Airmen have a blast at work

Posted  September 6, 2012

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal conducted monthly explosives training on D-M Aug. 29. The EOD Airmen conducted this exercise for both overseas operations and for when hazardous material on base needs to be destroyed. “We were destroying jammed 30mm projectiles from an aircraft,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Prowell, 355th CES EOD flight…

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Regulations govern political activities for federal employees

Posted  September 6, 2012

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — If you’ve turned on your TV lately, you may have noticed that campaign season is in full swing. Air Force members are encouraged to carry out the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. As you choose where to cast your votes, however, it is important to remember that military…

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