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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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Morale gets a boost with PLAYpass

Posted  August 16, 2012

Deployments can be hard on a service member, their friends and their family. PLAYpass is a membership card that Airmen and their families can use to receive discounts at select base organizations. The card is intended for use by families of deployed Airmen, and the Airmen themselves once they return. “This is an opportunity to…

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Warrior of the Week August 17, 2012

Posted  August 16, 2012

Hometown: Scottsburg, IN Unit: 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Job title: Bioenvironmental Engineering Apprentice Job description: Keeping CBRN response equipment operational and ready to go!

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Summary courts officer noticefor Steven Mangrum

Posted  August 16, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Steven C. Mangrum, 355th Security Forces Squadron, was found passed away on 31 July. Any person or persons with a claim against Sergeant Mangrum or who is currently in debt to him should contact the Summary Court Officer Capt. Kurt Snyder, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron, for disposition and compensation purposes. Captain Snyder can…

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Post-9/11 GI Bill celebrates start of fourth year

Posted  August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON – August marks the third anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and since it was implemented Aug. 1, 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided educational benefits to 773,000 Veterans and their family members. “This is one of the most important programs helping our Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans reach their educational goals,” said…

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New instruction puts spotlight on standards, culture

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — When referencing fundamental standards, Airmen now have a single source: Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards. As one of the capstone acts of his 39-year career, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, put his signature on the brand new instruction, which communicates in one document the…

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Commentary

Youth programs combat negative influences

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If you have children, especially teenagers, you already know the harrowing statistics that illustrate the dangers they face in the world today.

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Health & Safety

DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

Posted  August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. The app is called PE Coach; PE stands for “prolonged exposure.” Psychologists at the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, and the VA National Center…

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D-M Airman is roller derby racer

Posted  August 16, 2012

Take roller skating, paramedics, cheering fans, an oval track and position names like jammers and you get the sport of roller derby.

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Credit score: Good to have, use wisely

Posted  August 16, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Having good credit can be beneficial in many ways, and when used correctly it can be an important tool to help pay for college, a new vehicle, furniture or a home. According to Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist, credit is…

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Marilyn Monroe and the general

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Plastered across the pages of many magazines, blogs and newspapers last week were photos and stories about the…

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