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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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Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted  May 22, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the military right after graduation and a whole other league of challenges are entered. For Airman…

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Southern Arizona VA to hold Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted  May 22, 2014

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is inviting patients, staff, visitors, and guests to the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.  The program will be held on Friday, May 30 in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium located in building #4 at 10 a.m.  There will be numerous local dignitaries as well as active duty military…

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Local Briefs May 23, 2014

Posted  May 22, 2014

Stay and Play Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. – Youth Center instruction room This is a new program for parents and children ages birth to five years. Features open play-time, parent-child activities, circle time, parenting support and education. Registration is not required. For more information, call 321-1500. Money on the Road Program Money on the Road is…

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D-M participates in Operation Boots to Business

Posted  May 29, 2014

Service members attended an Operation Boots to Business seminar during a transition assistance program at the base library, May 21-22. Operation Boots to Business is a program that was designed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which is a U.S.government agency that provides support to military veterans, entrepreneurs and small businesses. The SBA’s mission is…

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Giving blood, saving life

Posted  May 29, 2014

More than 50 Desert Lightning Team members gathered at the Mirage Club to give blood to the American Red Cross, May 21. D-M hosts a blood drive at least once every other month. Sixty pints of blood were collected, falling short of the goal of 100. “We did not meet our intended goal, but we…

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Airmen test abilities of their cars

Posted  May 29, 2014

The Sports Car Club of America held an autocross event at Heritage Park May 10. This event gave Desert Lightning Team members the opportunity to test the limits of their vehicles while maneuvering through a controlled course. “The whole objective of this was to make your way around the course as quickly and safely as…

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Local Briefs May 30, 2014

Posted  May 29, 2014

Comedy Show at the Mirage Club On June 13 the Mirage Club will host “Wingman Comedy Show” for DM Airmen, the comedian will be Damon Williams. This event will be adults only ages 18 and up, Airmen E-1 to E-4 $8 and E-5 and up $15. This will include Horsd’oevurs and autograph signing. Social hour…

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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

Posted  May 29, 2014

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year — a level largely in line with what U.S. commanders had requested — and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016, bringing to an end a U.S….

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Airman reflects on career journey at Angel Thunder

Posted  May 29, 2014

CAMP NAVAJO, Ariz. — Still fresh in the career field with only about 100 aircraft hours under his belt, a cross-trained staff sergeant found himself in a heart-pounding situation that he still remembers vividly to this day. The objective was to rescue an isolated individual in a non-threatening, training scenario. But what seemed to be…

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Wright Flight more than about flying; student organization visits 162nd Wing

Posted  May 29, 2014

On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made world history by putting together a wooden frame with some metal fittings and heavy cotton fabric, and giving it power to gain altitude for a controlled flight. It was an amazing feat, made possible with a can-do attitude and a drive to truly conquer new heights. It’s…

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