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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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Retraining initiative for veterans gets strong response

Posted  June 7, 2012

WASHINGTON – Within two weeks of being announced, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for eligible unemployed veterans has received more than 12,000 online applications, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. “VA is committed to supporting veterans as they seek employment. This initiative will help provide education and training so that veterans have an opportunity…

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Health & Safety

“If you can’t see ‘em… “

Posted  June 7, 2012

Airmen from the 355th Medical Group Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometry clinic help keep Desert Lightning Team members’ eyes on the prize, at home and downrange. “Optometry technicians generally don’t deploy in their career field, unless you have the ophthalmology...

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Airmen, family members put the pedal to the metal

Posted  June 7, 2012

Members from D-M and their families gathered at the Southwestern International Raceway to find out who would be bringing home the trophy at a drag racing tournament May 30. “Two years ago, when Colonel…

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Health & Safety

What’s going into your tank?

Posted  June 7, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Are you putting regular or premium foods in your tank? What you put in your stomach may affect not only your energy levels but your overall health. Similar to how a car’s performance is affected by the type of gas put in it, the human body’s performance can either…

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D-M Honor Guard visit SAVAHCS

Posted  June 7, 2012

The Davis-Monthan AFB Honor Guard present the colors to the attendees at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium.

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AAFES names new Director and CEO

Posted  June 7, 2012

DALLAS – After a rigorous process led by executive search firm Reffett Associates, Ltd, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Board of Directors has selected military and retail veteran Tom Shull to lead the Department of Defense’s (DoD) oldest and largest Exchange Service. Shull will be the first civilian Director and Chief Executive Officer…

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Local Briefs June 8, 2012

Posted  June 7, 2012

Gate Closure The Wilmot Gate will be closed until July 9. 29 Bravo will be open from 5:30 – 9 a.m. during the closure.   Registration for swim lessons Registration will be held at the Outdoor Recreational Pool beginning May 28 for summer swim lessons. Payment is due on the first day of class. Each…

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Annual Build-A-Boat competition leads the way into summer

Posted  June 1, 2012

The 101 Critical Days of Summer Program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base got off to a warm, but wet start with the 2012 version of the Annual Build-A-Boat competition at the outdoor recreation pool.

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Tops in Blue coming to Tucson

Posted  June 1, 2012

The Air Force’s premier entertainment group, Tops in Blue, is slated to perform at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall June 3. The show is free, open to the public and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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Health & Safety

Annual 101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign

Posted  June 1, 2012

This year, the 355th Fighter Wing Safety Office is throwing together the annual 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign at the Mirage Club on May 24 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The 101 Critical days of summer officially started May 25 and ends Sept. 4. “Our goal for this campaign is to reduce or…

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