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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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DoD takes steps to aid absentee voters

Posted  October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON – As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, Defense Department officials are taking steps to ensure absentee voting is even easier for service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov. In coordination with the military services and State Department, Absentee Voting Week begins today, aiming to raise awareness and remind voters of important…

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Security Forces combatives training

Posted  October 2, 2014

Members from the 355th Security Forces Squadron participated in a combatives class at Davis-Monthan, Sept. 25. The class was intended to create resilient and confident Airmen while adding an additional tool to the SF personnel’s skills in use of force, apprehension and weapons retention.

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AF ensures command visibility on sex-related offenses

Posted  October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced a new policy requiring the inclusion and command review of information on sex-related offenses in personnel service records Sept. 30. The change was directed in the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, requiring the services to document this information in service member personnel records. “Sexual harassment and…

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AF integrates TAP into new Military Lifecycle Model

Posted  October 2, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The redesigned Transition Assistance Program is in its third and final stage and will be integrated into the new Defense Department Military Lifecycle Model, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The MLC, which was implemented Oct. 1, is the latest in a series of improvements to the Transition…

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AF updates voluntary education programs for FY15

Posted  October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Active-duty Airmen who want to take advantage of military assistance programs for voluntary education in the coming academic year will experience several changes beginning Oct. 1. Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online, or AF COOL, will take the place of the military tuition assistance, or MilTA, certification program for enlisted and total-force Airmen…

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Resiliency: Does your mind run your body?

Posted  October 2, 2014

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — “Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up… but the body is never tired if the mind…

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Local Briefs

Posted  October 2, 2014

Join AFOSI We are an elite, prestigious Law Enforcement and Counterintelligence organization—in fact, THE elite, prestigious military organization, known around the world for our professional and thorough criminal, fraud, and counterintelligence investigations. We are a hard-working, select few who not only serve our country in the Air Force, but also serve the greatest men and…

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Enlisted promotion test production begins

Posted  October 2, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has begun its forty fourth year of enlisted promotion test production. This year, for the 2014 promotion testing cycle, 226 promotion tests were administered to support the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) and the United States Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Promotion System. “Today’s Air Force…

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Special delivery for 355th CONS

Posted  October 2, 2014

Col. Stephen Renner, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 355th FW command chief master sergeant, deliver pizza to the 355th Contracting Squadron here, Sept. 30. Renner and Peterson delivered the pizza as a token of thanks to the 355th CONS for working through the evening and into the early morning…

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A master marksman and Arizona Air Guardsman

Posted  October 2, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Rodriquez’s days at the 162nd Wing are filled with arranging frequencies for new equipment and maintaining communications-based systems. When he is not directly engaged in the Air Force global information grid, the Tucson-native focuses on another type of military-inspired endeavor: competitive marksmanship “I’ve always had a knack for shooting and when I…

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