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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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AF test pilot school applications due in June

Posted  June 12, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  — The 2014 USAF Test Pilot School selection board will convene here Aug. 5-8 to consider candidates for July 2015 and January 2016 classes, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Applications must reach Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command Air, Space and Information Operations by June 23, 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight…

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Arizona’s new general: Accept opportunities, be versatile, be grateful

Posted  June 12, 2014

The Arizona National Guard congratulated its newest brigadier general at a promotion ceremony for the state’s joint staff director here June 7. Air Force Brig. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck now wears the rank commensurate with her duty to direct Arizona Army and Air Guard joint operations, special staff agencies, and joint policies and programs. Humbled by…

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What we do makes an impact

Posted  June 19, 2014

What we do makes an impact, was the first line on a slide Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, briefed from during a commander’s call on June 9. As I sat in that crowded theater, initially I was inspired. We here at 12th Air Force have made a difference. Since…

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Maintainers that give a “hoot!”

Posted  June 19, 2014

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, more commonly referred to as “The Boneyard”, has a lengthy history here in Tucson, Ariz. Since 1946, the facility has performed aircraft storage, parts support and regeneration in support of the warfighter. The nearly 600 employees at AMARG do some pretty remarkable things, but one thing most people…

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Distracted driving, the epidemic

Posted  June 19, 2014

The human brain struggles to complete multiple tasks efficiently. Especially if they require a higher degree of focus at the same time, like driving and texting. Therefore, texting while driving can be an extremely dangerous combination. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes according to Distraction.gov. When people try to multitask, their…

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JBSA-Lackland temporarily housing immigrant minors

Posted  June 19, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The only sounds heard inside the Hackney Training Complex at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland eight months ago were usually the commands given by Military Training Instructors and the responses returned by trainees in Air Force Basic Military Training. There has been silence at the Recruit Housing and Training facility…

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Patients from Steele Children’s Research Center tour D-M

Posted  June 19, 2014

Pediatric patients from the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center and their families attended a tour of Davis-Monthan June 12. Steele Children’s Research Center specializes in better treatments for pediatric illnesses such as Type 1 diabetes, cancer and cystic fibrosis. The tour was hosted by the 41st Electronic Combat Squadron and its purpose was…

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Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5’s’

Posted  June 19, 2014

LAJES FIELD, Azores (AFNS) — I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly…

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Some AFSCs removed from retention boards

Posted  June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Fewer Airmen than originally expected will meet involuntary retention boards this summer and fall, Air Force officials said June 13. Air Force leaders eliminated approximately 4,000 Airmen from eligibility for the upcoming boards at Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’s direction to bolster manning for nuclear-related air force specialty codes…

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Local Briefs June 20, 2014

Posted  June 19, 2014

Society of Military Widows to meet June 21, noon – The Mirage Cub The Ladies of the Society of Military Widows will have their monthly luncheon at noon, Saturday, June 21, at the Mirage club at D.M. Air Force Base. For information and your reservations, please call 574-6628 at least 10 days prior to the…

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