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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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How does a firefighter train to stop a fire?

Posted  August 3, 2012

How does a firefighter train to stop a fire? This isn’t a trick question or the beginning of a bad joke. The question is real and the answer is simple: they have to start a fire and practice putting it out.

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NCO retraining program application window opens

Posted  August 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — More than 1,300 noncommissioned officers may apply for retraining under the fiscal 2013 NCO Retraining Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The two-phase program is used to balance and sustain the enlisted force by moving second-term and career Airmen from overage career fields to shortage career fields,…

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Aspiring artists get shot at shopping spree in Exchange contest

Posted  August 3, 2012

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Crayola are inviting military children to show their colorful side for a chance at a $250 shopping spree in the Crayola Coloring Contest. Authorized shoppers 16-years-old and younger can go to www.shopmyexchange.com/Community/patriotfamily to download and print the official contest illustration. “We know there are some…

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Salutes & Awards

AF leaders accepting visionary leadership award nominations

Posted  August 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 2013 General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award. Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, the award recognizes service members and civilians who have exhibited innovation, commitment and a selfless spirit of service to others while inspiring others and significantly…

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Summary courts officer notice for Michael Roatch

Posted  August 3, 2012

Airman 1st Class Michael J. Roatch of the 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron passed away on 24 July . Any person or persons with a claim against Airman Roatch or who is currently in debt to him should contact the Summary Court Officer Capt. William Matthews of the 355th AMDS for disposition and compensation purposes. Capt…

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Warrior of the Week August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. William Kennon. Job description: Technical Order Distribution Office ensures maintainers have the most accurate and up to date tech data to perform their job.

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D-M welcomes new Command Chief, Chief Master Sergeant Dawna M. Cnota

Posted  August 3, 2012

Chief Master Sergeant Dawna M. Cnota is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. She advises the installation commander on matters influencing the health, morale, welfare, readiness and effective utilization of more than 4,000 enlisted Airmen. Chief Cnota is also the installation functional manager for the…

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AF officials poll members on food service needs, expectations

Posted  August 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas  — Air Force officials over the next eight weeks are distributing an online food services assessment survey to more than 260,000 active-duty Airmen and civilians to gather information about customers’ food service needs and expectations. Air Force senior leaders chartered the survey to proactively identify and meet customer…

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NEW BOOSTER SEAT LAW Takes effect Aug. 2, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

House Bill 2154 Section 1B states: The operator of a motor vehicle that is designed for carrying ten or fewer passengers, that is manufactured for the model year 1972 and thereafter and that is required to be equipped with an integrated lap and shoulder belt or a lap belt pursuant to the federal motor vehicle…

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Doing the right thing

Posted  August 3, 2012

Integrity first. Service before self. Excellence in all we do. These are the U.S. Air Force core values. From the day a person swears in, he or she is expected to incorporate these ideals into work, study, and even play. They are expected to embed these values in their hearts. They are expected to live…

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