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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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Sir, the mission has changed

Posted  September 13, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In a speech at the Cooper Union in New York City on Feb. 27, 1860, President Abraham Lincoln said, “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” He called to all…

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612 ACOMS remembers 9/11 victims

Posted  September 13, 2012

“Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing…

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Warrior of the Week September 14, 2012

Posted  September 13, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Jennifer L. Dane Hometown: Lubbock, Texas Unit: 612th AOC/ISRD Job title: Operational Intelligence Analyst

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Free AFCLC online course offers CCAF credit

Posted  September 13, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — Officials at the Air Force Culture and Language Center, part of Air University’s Spaatz Center at Maxwell Air Force Base Ala., are now taking applications for the fall session of its “Introduction to Culture” course. Enrollment began Sept. 6 and continues through Oct. 3. This general education course…

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Airmen urged to reenlist, extend before Military Personnel Data System upgrade

Posted  September 13, 2012

Air Force officials are urging Regular Air Force Airmen who are eligible to reenlist or extend their current enlistment in December and early Jan. 2013 to complete these personnel actions through the myPers website and their base military personnel sections or force support squadrons by Nov. 15 to avoid processing delays and military pay issues….

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SFS Master Sergeant receives Bronze Star

Posted  September 13, 2012

A master sergeant from the 355th Security Forces Squadron was awarded a Bronze Star at the base theater here September 4. Master Sgt. Brian LaMasney, 355th SFS, installation…

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Local Briefs September 21, 2011

Posted  September 20, 2012

USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program The Family Child Care Office at D-M AFB announces the sponsorship of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against in any USDA related…

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Airman, wife make harmonious music

Posted  September 20, 2012

Music is the soundtrack to our lives. We listen to it at work, at home, in the car and even when riding in elevators. Music can be an expression of our emotions for those who listen to it, as well as those who create it. For Senior Airman Kai Eilert, 43rd Electronic Combat Group airborne cryptologic linguist, and his wife Annette,…

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Test Your Aerobic Fitness

Posted  September 20, 2012

The Health and Wellness Center recently introduced a new piece of equipment; something that could help you improve physical fitness test scores…

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Patriot Golf Day raises $50K for military charities

Posted  September 20, 2012

At the third annual Patriot Golf Day held here Sept. 10 a banner at Ventana Canyon Country Club in northwest Tucson welcomed golfers and promised them the day’s outing would be…

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