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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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Retirement options available for Airmen, federal employees

Posted  August 29, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Saving money for retirement may seem overwhelming, but there is help for military personnel and federal employees. Some of the retirement plans available are the Thrift Savings Plan, Roth Individual Retirement Account and the new Roth Thrift Savings Plan option, which is scheduled to be available to Air Force…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week August 31, 2012

Posted  August 29, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. Jason N. St. John Hometown: San Antonio, TX Unit: 55th Rescue Squadron Job title: Aerial Gunner

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Exchange ‘takes a bite out of crime’

Posted  August 29, 2012

According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, losses due to thefts from retail stores alone amount to more than 35 million a day. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which has contributed more than $2.4 billion to morale, welfare and recreation programs in the past 10 years, continues to focus its efforts on…

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AF senior leaders stress safety over Labor Day weekend

Posted  August 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to all Air Force personnel: As our Nation pays tribute to American workers during Labor Day weekend, we thank all Airmen…

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Health & Safety

West Nile Virus prevention

Posted  August 29, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In the peak of summer dealing with itchy mosquito bites can be irritating, but getting bit by a mosquito with West Nile Virus can cause more than temporary irritation. It can be life-threatening. As of Tuesday, Arizona has had seven cases of the disease that involved the nervous system…

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Events

CFC Kickoff Breakfast

Posted  August 29, 2012

The CFC Kickoff Breakfast will be held September 12 at the Mirage Club and is slated to begin at 8 a.m. Tickets are $9.00 per person and can be purchased from your Group Representative. Please come out and show support for this year’s CFC! Group Representatives 355 FW Staff Master Sgt. Tabitha Pascal 355 MDG…

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Commentary

My job is prosecuting sexual assault

Posted  August 29, 2012

Here’s a simple truth…sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are “blue on blue,” or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject the Wingman concept that…

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Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life

Posted  August 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a call from President Barack…

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D-M Airman leaves other drivers in the dirt

Posted  August 29, 2012

For most, driving is a mundane day-to-day necessity. For Senior Airman Christopher Olson, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron fuel systems journeyman, driving for him is a much more thrilling endeavor.

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Rules of the road, the airfield

Posted  August 29, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Driving onto the Airfield at an Air Force base can be a daunting process for any Airman.

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