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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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Celebrating Heritage in a Very Modern Way

Posted  May 10, 2012

The month of May honors the Asian-Pacific American heritage, and its committee decided to lend its customs a modern twist by performing a traditional Asian-pacific dance during a flash mob at the base exchange here May 4. The flash mob took place in the D-M BX food court, with...

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D-M first sergeants host annual steak sale

Posted  May 10, 2012

Desert Lightning Team first sergeants held the 2012 Annual First Sergeants’ Steak Sale at Bama Park May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fundraiser provided Airmen with a dinner plate consisting of a steak, a loaded baked potato, coleslaw, a dinner roll and a drink for $10. The profits from the sale help…

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Military wives eligible for vocational scholarships

Posted  May 10, 2012

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — Operation Homefront and the Women’s Self Worth Foundation will offer the Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship to wives of uniformed service members who attend certain vocational training programs in the medical field and meet eligibility requirements. Overall, 22 vocational training scholarships will be awarded, totaling $237,500. Two $30,000…

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Space Day is out of this world at the Pima Air & Space Museum

Posted  May 10, 2012

David S. Ricker Staff Writer Space Day at the Pima Air & Space Museum was an out of this world experience for a number of students from the Tucson area. The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non-government...

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D-M Fit Warriors: April 2012

Posted  May 10, 2012

The Airmen pictured below achieved a 100% for their Physical Training Score in April. Congratulations! From left to right: Capt. Michael McKenzie, 12th Air Force, Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Senior Airman Christia Morrissey, 355th Medical Support Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Steven McKnew, 943rd Rescue Group

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Local Briefs May 11, 2012

Posted  May 10, 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.   Outdoor Rec trip to Wyatt Earp Days in Tombstone Sunday, May 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. In honor of the West’s most famous lawman, Tombstone put together great…

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25th OWS keeps heads in the clouds

Posted  May 3, 2012

The 25th Operational Weather Squadrons is one of three weather squadrons who forecast weather in the United States. After completing a seven-month technical training course at Keesler AFB, Miss., Airmen come to the 25th OWS for two years of on-the-job training before going...

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Counselor discusses SBP and former spouse coverage

Posted  May 3, 2012

If you are getting ready to retire and were previously married, it is a smart idea to review your divorce paperwork prior to making a decision concerning the Survivor Benefit Plan. Some former spouses will ask and receive SBP as a former spouse through official court orders. Please keep in mind that the language in…

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Load crews compete for quarterly victory

Posted  May 3, 2012

Three load crews from different squadrons competed against one another to see who the best crew was at the load crew of the quarter competition here April 20. The winners for this quarter were Staff Sgt. Brian McConnell, Senior Airman Justin Fuller and Senior Airman Oscar Medina, all from the 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “Each…

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Air Force officials to launch myPers

Posted  May 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are launching a new name for online personnel services and human resources knowledge: myPers. Rebranding the Air Force Personnel Services website, previously known as AFPERS, requires more than just a flip of the switch. Members of the Air Force Personnel Center are in the process…

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