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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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World

Arizona, Japanese Airmen team up for post-tsunami fighter capabilities

Posted  July 12, 2012

While the island nation of Japan continues to rebuild in the wake of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, its airmen look to reconstitute the country’s air defenses…

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Salutes & Awards

From paralegal to war fighter

Posted  July 12, 2012

Imagine, as a paralegal, one day you are helping someone with a power of attorney and the next day you are helping protect unarmed colleagues from enemy fire in a war zone…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week July 13, 2012

Posted  July 12, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Samuel Richard Barthelemy Family: Tasha Marie Barthelemy (Wife) Hometown: Yuma, AZ Unit: 612 ACOMS Job title: CAOC C2 System Administrator…

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Events

D-M Airman receives Aviator Valor Award

Posted  July 12, 2012

An Airman with the 55th Rescue Squadron recently received the Aviator Valor Award for his actions while deployed overseas. The award, which is sponsored by the American Legion’s Aviators’ Post #743, is presented to a rated Air Force officer for an act of valor or courage performed during aerial flight. Capt. Jeffrey Donaldson, 55th RQS…

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D-M exceeds Air Force Assistance Fund goal

Posted  July 12, 2012

The Air Force Personnel Center recently released the results of the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, and Davis-Monthan met and exceeded its goal for 2011. More than 1,200 personnel from D-M donated money to the AFAF, raising a total of $140,992.79 exceeding the goal by $18,716.79. The amount set a new base record and placed…

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Events

AFSA adopts a street

Posted  July 12, 2012

The City of Tucson recognized the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association on June 22 with a ceremony unveiling a sign dedicated to the group for its work with the Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas Program. “As a member of the Air Force, I think supporting your local community is very…

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Veterans

Railways industry announces job opportunities for vets

Posted  July 12, 2012

WASHINGTON – Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines considering separating from the active-duty military this year may seek employment options in the railways industry, which today became the latest to pledge jobs to veterans. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the 5,000-job pledge in a conference call with reporters, making rail the latest industry to offer jobs…

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Commentary

Standards and Accountability – Who are you going to be today?

Posted  July 12, 2012

How you answer this one simple question can determine the course of your entire day. You see, who we are is not determined by what happens to us but rather in how we respond to what has happened. Therefore, we have the ability to determine who we are going to be every day. We are…

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Events

AMARG hosts game show “The Great Escape”

Posted  July 12, 2012

Among the miles and miles of war-torn, decommissioned planes resting at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group are a new group of visitors. They’re transporting equipment not often seen at the Boneyard such as trailers…

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Air Force

Government purchase card: Unsung heroes in the supply chain

Posted  July 12, 2012

Do you ever wonder how you receive the supplies, services, training and equipment that you use on a daily basis? Most Airmen never give it much thought. They just know when they have a requirement, it gets ordered and delivered. Normally, a warranted contracting officer is the only individual that has the authority to enter…

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