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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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A service-before-self mentality

Posted  October 9, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Do you have a service-before-self mentality? Do you take advantage of leadership opportunities? If you were nominated for a Developmental Special Duty, how would you respond if it was in a role you felt uncomfortable with? Would you volunteer to go on a deployment today if the opportunity presented itself? Back…

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Tucson’s rocket club to hold rare night launch

Posted  October 9, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 11, dozens of rockets will light up the night sky west of Tucson at the Fall 2014 Night Launch hosted by the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA), Tucson’s own rocket club. This event is free to the general public. Rockets are not fireworks; they must return safely to ground, usually on one…

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Turning the page in financial improvement

Posted  October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Oct. 1 marked not only the beginning of a new fiscal year but also the start of a new chapter in Air Force Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness that has been ten years in the making. The Air Force declared audit readiness July 8, meaning a component of the Air Force’s financial…

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Safeguarding ground troops from above

Posted  October 9, 2014

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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Fire Prevention Week 2014

Posted  October 9, 2014

When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago? The 2014 Fire Prevention Week campaign ran from Oct. 5-11. This year’s theme was “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” It is all about keeping you, your family, and the…

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Response team in action

Posted  October 9, 2014

Darren Felish, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services station chief, briefs hazardous material responders on safety and incident objectives prior to entering a simulated contaminated area at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Sept. 29. The purpose of this training is to exercise the cohesiveness among emergency responders. Responders were affiliated with several agencies to…

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Energy Action Month spotlights Airmen impacting operations

Posted  October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – October is Energy Action Month throughout the federal government. In the Air Force, Energy Action Month is the centerpiece of the “I am Air Force Energy” campaign to educate Airmen on ways they can maximize their energy efficiency and mission effectiveness. The Service launched its month-long series of educational opportunities and activities with a…

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‘Quest for Zero’ debuts with focus on risk management

Posted  October 9, 2014

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Air Force Ground Safety introduces the ‘Quest for Zero’ campaign to focus on risk management and on-duty safety. The campaign is designed for every Airman, in all career fields, to raise awareness of the hazards they face every day, at work and at home. “Readiness is paramount to…

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Cyber security: Our present, our future

Posted  October 9, 2014

Cyber technologies and the Internet are an integral part of everyone’s lives these days, whether at work, at home, on the go, for fun, to keep us healthy, manage our finances and even to save our lives. Most of our day-to-day routines rely heavily upon technology and cyber connectivity because of the ease they provide….

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Response team in action

Posted  October 2, 2014

Multiple agencies from D-M came together to showcase the expertise and equipment available in the event of a real-world emergency involving hazardous materials here, Sept. 29, 2014. The Multi-Agency Hazardous Material Exercise gave the agencies that participated an opportunity to see each other’s capabilities while developing a harmonious working relationship. “This training is to exercise…

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