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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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Families list retirement, pay as top issues

Posted  May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Military families regard the possible change of military retirement benefits as their top concern, according to the results of a major survey re-leased today. The 2012 Military Family Life-style Survey also shows that pay and benefits, the impact of deployments...

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Fight the Bite

Posted  May 10, 2012

In recent weeks, more people have been spending time out of the house to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. Unfortunately, the warmth has also brought out the local mosquito population, which may be carrying diseases such as the West Nile Virus. So far, there is still no human vaccine for the WNV infection, and treatment…

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355 FW says goodbye to 355 Fighter Wing Commander

Posted  May 10, 2012

The commander of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is being reassigned to the Pentagon, this upcoming summer. Col. John A. Cherrey, who has led both the 355 Fighter Wing and installation since June 2010, will be going to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. in June to work a staff job at Headquarters...

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Warrior of the Week May 11, 2012

Posted  May 10, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. Janis C. Romawac Family: Single Hometown: Moreno Valley, Ca Unit: 12th Air Force Intelligence Directorate Job title: Latin American Intelligence Analyst Job description: Develops and delivers intelligence briefings to the 12 AF/CC, CFACC, CAOC Director and AFFOR staff. Produces AOR-focused medium to long…

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ACC confident in the F-22

Posted  May 10, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, talked with media at Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 30 about the national security imperative for the F-22, the status of efforts to identify a root cause for unexplained physiological incidents, and risk mitigation efforts since the Raptor’s return to…

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Air Force provides aircraft pilot safety testimony to Congress

Posted  May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — The military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition discussed tactical aviation programs during congressional testimony here May 8.

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Critical Days of Social Media: Safety tips for the virtual world

Posted  May 10, 2012

It was Saturday during a recent unit training assembly when our firefighters extinguished a blaze at the GE Apparatus Service center across the street from our main gate on Valencia Road – by Sunday an unknown unit member had posted cell phone video footage of the fire on You Tube for all to see. Our…

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Capitalizing on club membership

Posted  May 10, 2012

On April 15, the Desert Lightning Team kicked off a three-month club membership drive to increase the membership base in our club system and emphasize to customers the benefits of being a member. This drive is a great opportunity to make the clubs into what we want and need in the near future. The reality…

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A home away from home for dormitory Airmen

Posted  May 10, 2012

For Airmen living in the dorms, life outside of work can be isolating. Most are away from their friends and family, and may not know a lot of people living around them. The Airmen’s Ministry Center runs an area...

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Arizona heat ushers in Critical Days of Summer

Posted  May 10, 2012

It wasn’t your ordinary safety briefing the Friday before drill weekend. There was laughter, a few snickers, then – applause. “Well done. This is the first time I’ve seen applause following a safety briefing,” said Colonel Mick McGuire, 162nd Fighter Wing commander here. He was addressing Lt. Col. Jeffrey Waterbury, the wing’s new safety officer…

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