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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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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp August 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

Staff Sgt. Cameron Crews   Staff Sgt. Cameron Crews, 306th Rescue First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny Duty Title: Pararescue Trainee When joined the AF: Sergeant Crews was a prior-service Marine. He served as a Recon Marine for four years at Okinawa, Japan. While stationed there, he went on two West Pacific Marine Expeditionary Unit…

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Local

355th Civil Engineer Squadron – Base Cleanup

Posted  August 3, 2012

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron helped clean up the base after a massive monsoon hit July 15, here in Tucson.

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Health & Safety

DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

Posted  August 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — 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…

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Health & Safety

Exercise-induced injuries are preventable

Posted  August 3, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va — Physical fitness is a vital part of being in the military, and there are plenty of ways to stay fit. Whether it is soccer, running, bicycling or rock climbing, these activities can cause various injuries if Airmen are not physically prepared. “Last summer, there were more than 350 injuries…

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Airmen invited to share their stories with recruits

Posted  August 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH (AFNS) — Each year, thousands of men and women join the U.S. Air Force. Now, those Airmen have the opportunity to tell their stories in their own videos known as “Airmen Stories.” The videos will give potential Air Force recruits a chance to hear Airmen share their personal stories firsthand, unscripted…

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Building nest egg powers retirement, education goals

Posted  August 3, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Having a savings plan can be important for those who want to retire, buy a house or just have extra money available in case of an emergency. According to Susan Wilinski, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist, starting a savings plan is essential…

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Draft OSB EA available for public review

Posted  August 3, 2012

Air Combat Command released the Draft Operation Snowbird Environmental Assessment today for public review. The draft EA can be viewed at http://www.dm.af.mil/library/operationsnowbirdenvironmentalassessment.asp and at several local libraries in the Tucson area. The Draft OSB EA can be viewed at the following locations: Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library, 4350 East 22nd St. Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 East 36th…

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Events

Local Briefs August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

Thrift Shop Moving The Davis-Monthan Thrift Shop is relocating in August to Bldg. 1226 with a Grand Opening on Saturday, Aug. 4. The Thrift Shop is closed for the month of July, but donations can be dropped off at the current location, Bldg. 4201 until Aug. 4. After Aug. 4, all consignments and donations will…

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Rescue Group security forces Airmen experience total force helicopter training

Posted  July 26, 2012

A 943rd Rescue Group Detachment 1 Security Forces Airman took part in training exercise that helped prepare him and other service members to safely maneuver around helicopters in a deployed environment.

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Sports

MDG providing sports physical appointments

Posted  July 26, 2012

As the 2012-2013 school year quickly approaches, children may need to get a school or sports physical. The 355th Medical Group is working hard to meet this need by modifying the daily schedule to make appointments available. We continue to have open duty day appointments, so your best and fastest option is to call 228-2778…

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