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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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Air Guard helps grant ‘Bucket List’ wish for ailing senior

Posted  May 24, 2012

Dreams of blasting off the tarmac in a fighter jet don’t fade with age as one Arizona senior taught Airmen here May 17. When approached by the Bucket List Foundation, a non-profit much like the Make a Wish...

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Job Fair provides informed decisions for future civilians

Posted  May 24, 2012

The Airman and Family Readiness Center launched the annual job fair for Desert Lightning Team members at the Mirage Club May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “There is everything from local hires to international organizations that are looking for people that might want a contracting job somewhere,” said Master Sgt. April Little, 355th…

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The amazing race for culture

Posted  May 24, 2012

More than 40 Desert Lightning Team members gathered at the golf course track to participate in the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month amazing race May 11. The race was 1.5 miles long and was entered by two-person teams. Each team had to visit the seven stations set up...

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Their legacy lives on at American cemetery in UK

Posted  May 24, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, England (AFNS) — Service members from across the United Kingdom will make their way to the Madingley American Cemetery Memorial Service here May 28 to remember the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who fell during World War II in defense of the…

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Additional civilian employee self-service requests available online

Posted  May 24, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center human resources officials have expanded a self-service initiative allowing civilians to request updates to their personnel records online. Employees can now request updates for résumés, name changes, veterans’ preference for reduction in force, awards, education, training, certification and licensure. The initiative empowers…

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Local Briefs May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

Annual Build-Boat Competition The 2012 Build-a-Boat competition is scheduled for today at the Outdoor Rec pool. Squadrons must be present with their full crew to register nlt 8 a.m. on May 24. Boat building will be from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Wing Safety will inspect all water craft at 9:30 a.m., and the race will…

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Final EA/FONSI available for the D-M 2012-14 Capital Improvement Program

Posted  May 24, 2012

The U.S Air Force has released a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) for its 2012-14 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) at Davis-Monthan. The CIP identifies construction and demolition projects to improve facilities at Davis-Monthan AFB, ensuring that the installation has the upgrades necessary to support is mission to protect and preserve…

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Free National Park entrance for military and family

Posted  May 17, 2012

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Members from all branches of the U.S. military gathered at the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, Va. May 15, as the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented a unique opportunity for service members and their families.

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D-M celebrates Nurse Appreciation Week

Posted  May 17, 2012

The 355th Medical Group on D-M is celebrated National Nurse Appreciation Week from May 6-12. There were a number of events for the nurses and technicians to enjoy, most notably a luncheon May 9 with special guest speakers Capt. Merilys Brown and Col. Donna Cousino. Brown was a flight nurse during World War II and…

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New Air Force Housing website makes PCS smoother for Airmen

Posted  May 17, 2012

More often than not, when Airmen receive orders to move to a new location there are a million questions with no answers in sight, but now with the new housing website, Airmen and their families can find help with just about every question they have. The website features links to all Air Force bases’ sites…

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