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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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A fond farewell from your Chief

Posted  July 26, 2012

On Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Base Theater, I will retire from the United States Air Force after 30 years and 2 months of active duty service.…

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Protect yourself this summer

Posted  July 26, 2012

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – — “Everybody, hydrate!” This is a saying that is drilled into the minds of Airmen from the day they arrive at Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. However, dehydration and other heat related injuries continue to be major issues during the summer months….

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Acceptance…do you have what it takes?

Posted  July 26, 2012

No one person is alike. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and have different views on religious, political and sexual preferences, and they are judged unnecessarily because of it. You may not agree with someone’s preferences, but the thing is that you don’t have to agree. You do, however, have to be professional,…

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DOD to improve voluntary education safeguards

Posted  July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is nearing completion of an agreement with post-secondary schools to ensure service members have the best possible experience in continuing their education, a senior Pentagon official said today. The department will release later this summer a memorandum of understanding to be signed by colleges, universities and technical schools to make…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson

Posted  July 26, 2012

Tucson’s youth need your help! Volunteer as a ‘Big’ to help a ‘Little’ reach their fullest potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson (BBBST) matches adults with youth from ages 6-17 in one-to-one mentoring relationships. ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ hang out twice a month, doing activities that they both like. These outings form a friendship that…

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Local Briefs July 27, 2012

Posted  July 26, 2012

Partners Pre-School Program Borman Elementary School at Davis-Monthan AFB will offer a new part-time pre-school program for children ages 3-5. The Partners Pre-School Program works to create a comprehensive and high-quality early childhood model that supports and promotes engaging, developmentally appropriate and positive early education for preschoolers in an inclusive setting. Applications are currently being…

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CSAF’s ‘fini flight’ a ride of remembrance

Posted  July 19, 2012

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) — When Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz climbed aboard the MC-130E Combat Talon I here July 12 for his last flight…

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Base to host antiterrorism Mobile Training Team

Posted  July 19, 2012

Davis-Monthan is scheduled to host an Antiterrorism and Force Protection Level II Mobile Training Team from August 20-24. The training is offered to key members of D-M’s populace, specifically security managers, unit antiterrorism representatives and individuals required to attend by their commander. Air Combat Command provides a MTT every other year throughout the command. Davis-Monthan…

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Hawgsmoke 2012 comes to D-M

Posted  July 19, 2012

The 355th Fighter Wing will host 18 A-10 squadrons and teams from around the world for the 7th biannual bombing and tactical gunnery competition known as Hawgsmoke Aug. 15-17, 2012. The competition focuses on A-10 tactics such as moving target strafe techniques, GPS-out navigation, and degraded weapons delivery. Both the individual and team portions of…

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D-M Exchange to celebrate 117 years with host of savings

Posted  July 19, 2012

In 1895, the War Department issued General Order 46 directing commanders to establish an Exchange at every post. Since then, Exchange associates have faithfully served alongside servicemembers wherever they are called to serve. Today, whether at Bagram or Barksdale, troops and their families know the Exchange is there. On July 25, Davis-Monthan Exchange facilities will…

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