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Don’t become a target

Considering recent threats against Americans and the exponential growth of social media use, becoming a target of an adversary is easier than ever. Operations Security is a process that identifies unclassified, critical information, and outlines potential threats and risks associated while developing countermeasures to safeguard that critical information. “Operations Security is any information that an…

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Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: · Wear flame retardant costumes. · Hem your costumes so you don’t…

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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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Events

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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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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Veterans

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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Air Force

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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Salutes & Awards

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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DoD

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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Salutes & Awards

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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