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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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Local Briefs October 10, 2014

Posted  October 9, 2014

Claims Notice for Senior Airman Chase C. Corrao Senior Airman Chase C. Corrao of the 355th Communications Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ passed away on September 28, 2014. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Capt. Sondra Williams, at 520-228-4110, 228-365-7256, or by email…

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Air Force rebuts report due to outdated data

Posted  October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force believes a recent Department of Defense Inspector General report that critiqued Air Force MQ-9 procurement plans to buy 401 Reaper aircraft, stating that 46 aircraft may not be needed, is based on data that is out of date. “The data in the report is a year old,” said Lt Gen Robert…

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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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