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Maintaining fitness standards during the holidays is important

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — During the holidays, going to the gym usually isn’t on the top of most peoples’ priority list. Priority is given to visiting families, planning vacations, and most important, indulging in holiday feasts. Going to the gym during the holidays can be more important than you think. Whether you are…

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162nd Wing facilitates interagency training for active shooter exercise

Active-shooter exercises are common within government facilities and military bases, and most of them seem to surround a single entity neutralizing a threat by force. Very seldom, however, do these training events involve an entire installation, along with government counterparts, like it did here at the 162nd Wing Nov. 17. “One of the ideas behind…

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Predator progress for the Arizona Air National Guard

Fort Huachuca, ARIZ. — The sounds of cheers, applause and an occasional “woohoo” filled the air as an MQ-1 Predator from the 162nd Wing lifted off and flew a set flight pattern at Libby Army Airfield, Nov. 5, marking the Arizona Air National Guard’s first Predator flight on U.S. soil. The 214th Reconnaissance Group, aligned under the…

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Navy unit trains with D-M

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-1. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron. “The…

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Diamond Sharp November 14, 2104

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Alisha Welch / 923 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ron Smith Duty Title: C-130J NCOIC When joined the AF: Jul 23, 2003 Hometown: Turbotville, PA Hobbies: HITT/Weight Training, Education, Canning/Food Preservation, spending time with her 4 children Selection Reasons: – Revitalized workcenter equipment account through tracking/maintaining more than $100K in assets.  Her…


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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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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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DOD officials explain sequestration dangers

Posted  July 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials continue to work to avoid the looming threat of sequestration, Frank Kendall, the new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said here yesterday. Kendall spoke to Pentagon reporters in his office about sequestration, and the effect it would have on the department and the defense industrial base. Sequestration comes…

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Air Force

A-10 & C-130 Propulsion Shops

Posted  July 19, 2012

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Stephen Shope, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, installs a TF-34(A-10) engine fan disk. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dillon Marlink, Senior Airman Thomas Baksa, and Staff Sgt. Christopher Walker, all from the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, install a T-56 (C-130) chinscoop assembly on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force Airman…

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World

Service members: Let’s talk trash

Posted  July 19, 2012

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — With no one in sight, a trash truck pulls up to one of the many orange dumpsters throughout the base. As the driver and his crew dismount to empty the dumpster, so does a crew of four Airmen. However, before the dumpster can be emptied, these Airmen jump into it and…

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Air Guard medics rehearse crisis response

Posted  July 19, 2012

ALPENA, Mich. — When disaster strikes, Air National Guard medical teams are called upon to save lives. That’s why 47 members of the 162nd Medical Group from Tucson International Airport deployed here…

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Manpower, services agencies consolidate with personnel

Posted  July 19, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — During a formal ceremony held here today, Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones inactivated the Air Force Manpower and Air Force Services agencies, designating them as directorates of the Air Force Personnel Center. The ceremony, formal recognition of…

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Local

Notice for claims against Senior Airman Randolph

Posted  July 19, 2012

Senior Airman David J. Randolph of the 355 Security Forces Squadron passed away on 4 July in his dormitory room on base. Any person or persons with a claim against SrA Randolph or who was currently in debt to SrA Randolph should contact the Summary Court Officer Captain Patrick C. Gordon of the 355 Security…

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