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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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Local Briefs August 31, 2012

Posted  August 29, 2012

Employment Workshop- Be Prepared!  Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-Noon – Airman & Family Readiness Center The A&FRC Employment Workshop will cover topics such as writing a resume, interview suggestions and take you on a tour of USA jobs. Our staff has been trained in the latest developments when applying for employment. Please RVSP at 228-5690.  …

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Deployed NCO gains experience, confidence

Posted  August 29, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was contacted to write a few words for the base paper, my first reaction was excitement.

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355th CES Airmen participate in night ops training

Posted  August 29, 2012

Usually at 11 p.m., D-M is pretty quiet. The streets are clear of traffic and the buildings are dark and deserted.

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D-M flies above the rest at Hawgsmoke 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Davis-Monthan hosted 18 A-10 squadrons from around the world for the 7th biannual Hawgsmoke Competition here Aug. 15-17. Hawgsmoke is an aerial competition focusing on…

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Colonel Blanchard assumes command of D-M

Posted  August 23, 2012

Col. Kevin E. Blanchard took command of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in a military ceremony here Aug. 10. Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander…

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Large solar array planned for Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  August 23, 2012

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — The Air Force plans to expand its renewable energy portfolio substantially with a 14.5-megawatt photovoltaic solar array at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The base has entered into an agreement with SunEdison, LLC to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the array on 170 acres of underutilized base…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Technical Sgt. Cory Sivertson Family: Ashley (wife), Caden (son), Trinity (daughter) Hometown: Salinas, Ca Unit: 42 Electronic Combat Squadron Job title: EC-130H Flight Engineer Course Manager Job description: Ensure quality training for EC-130H Flight Engineers Most rewarding job aspect: To see an unqualified Flight Engineer complete training and deploy Goals:…

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High year of tenure changes take effect in 2013

Posted  August 23, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — High year of tenure changes announced in December will go into effect in September 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials reminded affected Airmen on Aug. 16. Changes will affect senior airmen, staff sergeants and technical sergeants, said Lt. Col. Tara White, AFPC retirements and separations chief,…

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AF addresses use of ‘bath salts’ with zero tolerance

Posted  August 23, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — A dangerous designer drug with an innocuous name is growing in popularity, causing concern in the military and in the civilian world. Marketed as “bath salts,” these retail products contain chemicals that are synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a central nervous system stimulant, and are known to effect users in…

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It takes a village to fight depression in our Air Force

Posted  August 23, 2012

We believe as Airmen that we belong to the greatest service and institution in the world. This is ingrained in us from the time we take the oath and every day thereafter, until we separate or retire. Time after time we understand and accept the challenge that there is a very small margin for error….

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