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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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Veterans

Veterans History Project

Posted  June 19, 2014

The Veterans History Project provides a way to tell the story of service members from past and present. The VHP was created by the Library of Congress in 2000 to preserve original personal narratives, diaries and photographs from American war veterans and civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts. U.S. Air Force Capt….

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Health & Safety

Official explains changing health care providers

Posted  June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said here yesterday. In a DOD News interview, Mary Kaye Justis said she wants service members and their families to know there are several easy options to find new…

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Airmen can change how the Air Force does business

Posted  June 19, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Creative, motivated Airmen are the key to changing how the Air Force does business, and every Airman has an equal opportunity to make a lasting contribution through the Airmen Powered by Innovation program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Launched in April, API was initiated thanks to the…

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Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force conduct flights at D-M

Posted  June 19, 2014

For the next 90 days, a regenerated C-130R Hercules aircraft will be conducting flight training at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. This aircraft is one of six aircraft purchased by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force through NAVAIR’s Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft Program (PMA-207) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office. Flights are scheduled to begin on…

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Health & Safety

Old drug, new promise for PTSD nightmares

Posted  June 19, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. — Every day, thousands of American service members relive the trauma of war in their sleep. They hear explosions, see the carnage of battle erupt around them and feel the crushing weight of a painful combat memory resurface in their dreams. Unfortunately, frequent nightmares are common among service members with post-traumatic stress disorder….

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Libraries launch summer reading program

Posted  June 19, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Summer is just around the corner and right now is the perfect time to begin putting together your family’s summer reading list. Air Force libraries have launched the summer reading program, “Paws to Read” and are planning a host of activities for children, teens and adults. Activities will…

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Health & Safety

Heat illness a summer threat to the uninitiated

Posted  June 26, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — For Airmen living in Arizona, being told that “the summer is hot here” is akin to being told “the water is wet.” It’s a no-brainer. But ask these same Airmen what injuries can come from the summer heat and many of them may shrug or give the “deer in…

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Fighting prejudice with a passion

Posted  June 26, 2014

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) An equal opportunity specialist, a sexual assault response coordinator and a deputy inspector general walk into a base social event. What sounds like the beginning…

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Officials offer advice for peak moving season

Posted  June 26, 2014

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Help is available for service members, civilians and their families making a permanent-change-of-station move this summer, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command officials here said. SDDC, a component of U.S. Transportation Command, provides global deployment and distribution services to meet the nation’s objectives and deploys or sustains about 90…

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Taking Fido when PCSing abroad means planning

Posted  June 26, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There are many things to plan for when moving overseas, and if travel includes taking pets, the first step is to know what the legal requirements are for the destination country. Every country has regulations for the importation of animals. This may include microchip and vaccination requirements, testing for…

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