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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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Events

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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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week July 20, 2012

Posted  July 19, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Zachary A. Toon Family: Father: Scott, Mother: Linda, Brother: Adam, Sister: Emily Hometown: Wichita, KS Unit: 355 CPTS Job title: Customer Service Technician…

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World

Rock the vote, but beware of guidelines

Posted  July 19, 2012

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — As political campaigns heat up across the U.S., Airmen, family members and Department of Defense civilians are encouraged to be a part of the political process. Being away from the U.S. can lead some to believe they are not able to vote in their respective state and federal elections….

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Health & Safety

AFSEC clarifies use of electronic devices for pedestrians on roadways

Posted  July 19, 2012

(U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) The use of portable headphones, earphones, cellular phones, digital music players or other listening and entertainment devices, other than hearing aids, are prohibited while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating or skate boarding on roadways for the sake of ensuring good situational awareness resulting in a lower possibility of…

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Chief’s Perspective: Analog leadership in digital times

Posted  July 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The United States Air Force is the world’s most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you — our outstanding Airmen — but technology also…

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Veterans

VA improves online access to benefits information

Posted  July 19, 2012

WASHINGTON– Nearly 1.7 million veterans and service members have registered for the Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Defense web portal, eBenefits, which provides online information and access to a wide variety of military and veteran benefits resources. A VA news release issued today says about 1.67 million users have signed up, and notes the strong…

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Local

Tucson military, community leader laid to rest with honor

Posted  July 19, 2012

Guard and Reserve servicemembers representing all branches of the United States armed forces provided military funeral honors for Bill Valenzuela at his final resting place…

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Commentary

What’s your story?

Posted  July 19, 2012

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — I remember the phone call three years ago like it happened an hour ago. My sister called to tell me our dad had died unexpectedly in his sleep. Among the many emotions I encountered shortly thereafter, I distinctly remember reflecting on my dad’s Air Force service as I…

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Health & Safety

DOD leads drive toward healthier lifestyles

Posted  July 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department is taking a leading role in a governmentwide effort to stop the nation’s obesity problem, Barbara Thompson, the director of DOD’s Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, said. DOD is one of 17 federal departments and agencies working together to identify opportunities for promoting healthy living as part of the…

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