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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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ACOMS links U.S. Air Force to South America

Posted  July 12, 2012

12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) mission is to support U.S. national security interests, and with our partner-nations, foster security, stability, and prosperity in the Americas. The 612th Air Communications Squadron plays a vital role of ensuring this mission is met. The 612th ACOMS has two primary missions in support of Air Forces Southern, to…

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563rd Train over Tucson

Posted  July 5, 2012

The 55th Rescue Squadron and the 48th Rescue Squadron completed a training mission together June 27 over the rough terrain of Tucson, Ariz.

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309 AMARG to change command

Posted  July 5, 2012

Col. Patrick T. Kumashiro, commander of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, will turn over command to Col. Robert Lepper, Jr. in a July 9 ceremony on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Col. Robert Lepper is a recent graduate from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Col. Kumashiro’s…

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Wilmot gate slated to re-open

Posted  July 5, 2012

Wilmot gate is slated to be re-opening on July 9. In addition, the last day that Gate 29B will be open is July 6. Gate hours for the Wilmot gate are the same as the Swan gate (5:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

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Warrior of the Week July 6, 2012

Posted  July 5, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Tech. Sgt. Anthony Truesdell Family: Calee (wife), Adrian (son) Hometown: Tucson, AZ Unit: 305th...

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2013 CDCs available online in September

Posted  July 5, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Airman Advancement Division’s online library, e-WAPS Online Reference Library Database, or e-WORLD, will soon have 2013 promotion cycle study reference material available. Airmen will be able to access the latest reference material by September. Past Career Development Courses are also available for those still studying for the 2012…

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Address updates essential for absentee voting

Posted  July 5, 2012

WASHINGTON — With just 130 days remaining until the national elections, overseas servicemembers, civilians, contractors and family members need to let their home states know of any change in address so they can receive their absentee ballots in time. The secretary of Defense designated June 28 – July 7 as Armed Forces Voters Week to…

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D-M Airmen rescue injured Hiker

Posted  July 5, 2012

On June 22, the 563rd Rescue Group rescued an Arizona Game and Fish Department intern after she fell while attempting to check the status of wildlife in the area in Pima Canyon. The intern a 21-year-old female with injuries to her head and knee, was was reported as being “in and out of consciousness.” The…

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Nominees sought for Joan Orr Spouse Award

Posted  July 5, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2013 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award. The Air Force Association Joan Orr Spouse of the Year Award honors significant contributions made by non-military spouses of Air Force military members. The award period is Jan. 1-Dec. 31,…

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I am an American Airman: I will not fail!

Posted  July 5, 2012

Early in my Air Force career, I overheard an NCO say, “The only tradition in the Air Force is constant change.” I should clarify that he more grumbled it than said it. I remember thinking how odd of an...

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