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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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Sports

D-M 50 hosts a night of fun and football

Posted  September 20, 2012

The annual D-M 50 Univer-sity of Arizona game and tail-gate provided food and fun for military members and their families Sept. 15 at University Mall. More than 2,000 members of the Desert Lightning Team could be found at the corner of University Boulevard and Campbell Road on Saturday, where the D-M 50 provided a buffet-style…

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Veterans

Dempsey: Public trust requires apolitical military

Posted  September 20, 2012

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wants service members and veterans to consider what using the uniform for partisan politics does to the trust Americans have in their military. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey has maintained throughout his 38-year career that the American military, as a whole, must remain apolitical — meaning being…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week September 21, 2012

Posted  September 20, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Jennifer L. Dane Family: Michael and Phyllis Acree (Parents), Tyler Acree and Phillip Acree (Brothers).

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Health & Safety

Turn in your medication for safe disposal

Posted  September 20, 2012

The 355th Security Forces Squadron will host the Drug Enforcement Agency National Pharmaceutical Take Back Day at the Base Exchange Pharmacy Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The pharmacy will be accepting unused, unwanted or expired medication for safe disposal. This is an effort put forth by the DEA to crack down on the control of…

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Health & Safety

‘On house’ medical services not really free

Posted  September 20, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many times have you heard that those in the military receive “free” medical care? Well, it is free isn’t it? Not even close. In fact, every aspect of a person’s medical care has a cost. Each year the Defense Department spends more than $50 billion for medical care,…

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World

AFSOUTH hosts Brazilian Air Force

Posted  September 20, 2012

U.S. Air Force photos by Capt. Justin Brockhoff Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Forces (Air Forces Southern) commander and Col. John Gordy, vice commander, prepare to greet five key leaders from the Brazilian Air Force. The distinguished visitors from Brazil visited AFSOUTH to discuss bilateral relations and building partnerships, Sept. 15 – 21. Our…

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Events

Local Briefs September 28, 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Short Sales & Other Homeowner Relief Programs Sept. 28, 10-11 a.m. (**NEW time**) – Airman & Family Readiness Center A HUD Quality Assurance representative will provide current information on short sales, dealing with lenders, recent legislation providing relief for homeowners, and scams associated with the current mortgage situation. Please RVSP at 228-5690. Arizona Empowerment Scholarship…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp September 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Staff Sgt. Asia Cook, 755th AMXS Staff Sgt. Asia Cook, 755th AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Chris Blue Duty Title: Debrief NCOIC When joined the AF: Aug. 9, 2005 Hometown:  Moreno Valley, California / Atlanta, Georgia Hobbies: Crafts, skydiving, football, and modeling. Selection Reasons:  Sergeant Asia Cook is the NCOIC of debrief and responsible for…

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Events

Soldiers secure virtual battlefield during Coalition Virtual Flag exercise

Posted  September 27, 2012

Airmen, Soldiers and members of the Australian, Canadian and British air services took part in a Coalition Virtual Flag exercise at the 612th Air and Space Operations Center here, Sept. 17-20. Coalition Virtual Flag’s purpose was to train on command and control in a simulated real-time environment. Allied AOC facilities from all around the world…

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Local

D-M Thrift Store holds Grand Re-Opening

Posted  September 27, 2012

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Moore) U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Wilma English, D-M Thrift Store manager, cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening of the D-M Thrift Store on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 8. The store is now located on Flora St….

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