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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 May 9, 2014

Posted  May 8, 2014

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet May 19, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Restaurant Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr.  The May meeting will be on Monday, May 19. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m….

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Survival by Luck

Posted  May 8, 2014

It started on Sept. 1, 1939, more than 2,000 tanks and over 1,000 planes, broke through Polish defenses along the border and advanced on Warsaw. Within weeks the Polish army was defeated. Pawel Lichter, a survivor of the German invasion of Poland, shared his life story with the members of 12th Air Force (Air Forces…

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PJs meet Open House heart attack patient

Posted  May 8, 2014

Six pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron were able to meet the man whose life they saved during the Thunder and Lightning over Arizona event, May 1. Russell Korne, a Phoenix resident, suffered a heart attack on April 12 while he and his wife were walking past the 48th RQS display. Six PJs and two…

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Sting of AZ car registration softened

Posted  May 8, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Registering a motor vehicle usually happens once a year. In Arizona this process comes at a greater cost than in other states. However, the legal office has information that may help in the process. Arizona has extended a boon to military members, both Arizona residents and nonresidents. In order…

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An Airman’s Airman says goodbye: Chief Master Sgt. Clark departs the 162nd Wing

Posted  May 8, 2014

It wasn’t his ear-to-ear grin, the strong grip when he shakes your hand, the sleeves that are always rolled up on his ABUs or the memorable way he belted out the national anthem at unit functions that set Chief Master Sgt. Shane Clark apart at the 162nd Wing here for 31 years. Instead, it was…

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Members from 12th AF Participate in Joint Combat Search and Rescue Exercise

Posted  May 8, 2014

Air Force Active Duty members assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base along with members from the Air and Army National Guard, put their search and rescue skills to the test during a Combat Search and Rescue exercise in the rocky terrain of Arizona’s west desert April 29. Military personnel from 12th Air Force (Air Forces…

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Diamond Sharp May 9, 2014

Posted  May 8, 2014

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Libertyann Kehr / 355 FW Staff First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Cole Jacob Duty Title: NCOIC Military Justice When joined the AF: Aug. 31, 2005 Hometown: Anchorage, AK Hobbies: Reading, playing with children Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Libertyann Kehr, is the NCOIC of Military Justice at the base legal office. She is a…

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A fini flight for the history books

Posted  May 15, 2014

Capt Kelly Nettleblad, Capt Rachael Winiecki, and 1st Lt Jessica Wyble, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 pilots, along with 1st Lt Katherine Conrad, 107th FS Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan A-10 pilot, participated in Capt Nettleblad’s “Fini flight” from D-M on May 5. This flight, not only gave Nettleblad a final chance to fly alongside…

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D-M A-10 pilot reaches 3000 hours

Posted  May 15, 2014

The 357th Fighter Squadron commander surpassed the milestone of flying 3,000 hours in an A-10 Thunderbolt II, May 5. Lt. Col. Michael Curley grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He joined the U.S. Air Force when he was 18. Curley’s passion for flying was ignited when he was a little boy. “I went to a state…

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D-M Judge Advocates teach the importance of voting

Posted  May 15, 2014

More than 280 students from local schools in Tucson learned about the importance of law and why U.S. Government leadership is voted upon during Law Day, May 1. Law Day is meant to emphasize the important role law plays in the foundation of the country. Law Day was originally the idea of Charles S. Rhyne,…

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