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Don’t become a target

Considering recent threats against Americans and the exponential growth of social media use, becoming a target of an adversary is easier than ever. Operations Security is a process that identifies unclassified, critical information, and outlines potential threats and risks associated while developing countermeasures to safeguard that critical information. “Operations Security is any information that an…

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Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: · Wear flame retardant costumes. · Hem your costumes so you don’t…

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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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Events

D-M hosts partner nations in support of PANAMAX

Posted  August 29, 2012

Davis-Monthan AFB has been at the epicenter of the largest North and South American multi-national military exercise since 2003. Encompassing more than…

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D-M Honor Guard: Honorably serving

Posted  August 29, 2012

The mission of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard is to be a positive representation of Airmen to the general public. Be it the posting the colors at a football game or performing military funeral honors at the service of a retiree who served their country for 20 years, the HG can be the first…

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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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