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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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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Tyler M.J. Smith Family: Ashley (wife) Hometown: Greene, Maine Unit: 355 EMS/Munitions Flight Job title: Equipment Maintenance Crew Member Job description: Performs routine inspection/maintenance on 170 pieces of munitions material handling equipment.…

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Program offers paid training for unemployed veterans

Posted  June 1, 2012

WASHINGTON – Unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 can apply for up to 12 months of paid training through a new program sponsored by the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs. The population the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program will serve is particularly in need, Curtis L. Coy, the VA’s deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity, said…

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Development team to select chief nurses in June

Posted  June 1, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Lieutenant colonel and lieutenant colonel-select nurses interested in chief nurse opportunities must ensure their Airman Development Plan is up to date and statement of intent is submitted by the June 11 suspense, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The nurse corps development team will convene in June to select…

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Command Chief impacts more than just DLT

Posted  June 1, 2012

Chief Master Sergeant Vincent Howard, 355th Fighter Wing command chief master sergeant, was honored as one of the 25 Most Influential African Americans in Southern Arizona at a ceremony held at the...

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Commentary

The weight loss ‘secret’

Posted  June 1, 2012

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) — Two controversial topics that often dominate the headlines in our country are obesity and weight loss. We are bombarded day and night with advertisements for weight loss pills, diets and workout contraptions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34 percent of American adults 20 years and…

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Stay hydrated, stay healthy

Posted  June 1, 2012

Do you have dry skin, headaches, dry mouth and fatigue? If so, congratulations, you may be dehydrated. As the weather in Tucson is hitting the triple digits, it’s becoming more imperative to drink water...

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Program helps those leaving military

Posted  June 1, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Leaving the military and entering the civilian world can be a hard transition for many people to make. The Transition Assistance Program is one way the military helps those leaving the service. The Defense Department’s TAP program was designed to smooth the transition of military personnel and family members…

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Diamond Sharp June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

(above) Airman 1st Class Jamie King, 923 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. John Brown Duty Title: Knowledge Operator When joined the AF: March 9, 2010 Hometown: Pittsboro, North Carolina Hobbies: Reading and bike riding Selection Reasons: – Integral member of squadron UCC team; trained three…

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Nellis AFB Rescue Squadrons to hold memorial run for “Pedro 66”

Posted  June 1, 2012

“There’s never a day I don’t remember the guys, the crash. Never a day I don’t hurt. I wake up thinking about it. I go to bed thinking about it. There’s nothing you can do except put your head down and keep...

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Local Briefs June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 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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