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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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Visitor pass procedures recap

Posted  June 28, 2012

Authorized personnel may sponsor non-military affiliated personnel onto D-M by stopping at the Visitor Center, located on Craycroft Road next to the main gate. Authorized sponsors include active-duty military, guard, reserve, retirees, eligible family members, Department of Defense civilian employees with a Common Access Card and eligible contractor personnel with a CAC. Please ensure that…

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Warrior of the Week June 29, 2012

Posted  June 28, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Meghan Pearson Family: Shane Beauchem (fiancée), Honey Pearson (daughter) Hometown: Louisiana, Missouri…

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4th of July Celebration Information

Posted  June 28, 2012

For the Fourth of July, D-M is scheduled to hold a few events to celebrate the holiday. The base pool is slated to be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Regular admission prices will apply.

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Does the EPR need a bailout?

Posted  June 28, 2012

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — What do enlisted performance reports, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have in common? They suffer from bad brand name recognition. So, what should we do? Bailout our EPR system? We could rename the EPR. How about Yearly Evaluation Report or YER? A name change has worked for some,…

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PCMH strides toward more efficient care

Posted  June 28, 2012

The 355th Medical Group is continuing to achieve accessible quality health care through the phone appointment line and TriCare Online, both initiatives of Patient Centered Medical Home. “We are working very hard with the Air Force Medical Operations Agency to get initiatives online to give our patients better accessibility to the medical team,” said Tech….

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D-M staff sergeants selected for promotion

Posted  June 28, 2012

More than 180 staff sergeants earned a future promotion to technical sergeant through the Weighted Airman Promotion System here June 20. Congratulations to the following Desert Lightning Team members:   372nd Training Squadron Staff Sgt. Amber Cox Staff Sgt. Earlray Haag Staff Sgt. Beau Hudson Staff Sgt. Jason Ikeda Staff Sgt. Justin Tilley   48th…

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Fuels Laboratory brings quality results

Posted  June 28, 2012

The workstation in the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Laboratory can put you in the mind of Frankenstein’s lab while he was creating his monster. It may not be as dark and shadowed, but its giant beakers, strange contraptions and air of mystic all point to brilliantly mad science. In reality, the mission of the…

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D-M’s ‘Bone Yard’ more than just storage for military aircraft

Posted  June 28, 2012

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, known as the “Bone Yard,” is the resting place for retired military aircraft and the reusable parts that keep the military aviation branches flying…

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Aero Camp students have eyes on the skies, heads in the clouds

Posted  June 28, 2012

A pair of brothers, who grew up as Air Force brats, received an introduction to aviation recently during Aero Camp 2012, a summer flight camp for young people at Double Eagle Aviation in Tucson…

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Don’t bring a gun to a knight fight

Posted  June 28, 2012

In parks across America, people are having picnics, joggers are running their favorite trails, birds are chirping … and armored knights from the medieval times are fighting each other…

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