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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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Crime and Punishment: June – August 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Article 15 Actions – August During August 2012, D-M commanders administered 11 Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in…

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Health & Safety

D-M chapels increase spiritual health of Airmen, families

Posted  September 27, 2012

Spiritual health is one of the four pillars in Comprehensive Airman Fitness. One of the Air Force’s major resources in strengthening this component is the chapel systems. Be it a religious service or some morale-boosting down time, the services provided by D-M’s chapel are designed with Airmen and their families in mind. Davis-Monthan has two…

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Herschel Walker talks to Airmen about resiliency

Posted  September 27, 2012

Herschel Walker, the former professional football player and 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, came to D-M to talk to Airmen about resiliency at the base theater Sept. 21.

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Innovate, Airmen innovate!

Posted  September 27, 2012

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Air Force must innovate its way into the future, today! It’s been nearly two decades since Joel A. Barker wrote his book Paradigms in which he describes a state where business and organizational cultures become stagnant and fail to adapt to rapidly changing environments, essentially getting stuck in…

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TSP Roth option now available

Posted  September 27, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Federal civilian employees and members of the uniform services now have the option of being taxed up front rather than during their retirement years-at a possible higher rate, with a Roth Thrift Savings Plan program, starting Oct. 1, 2012. TSP is a retirement savings plan, based on member contribution-meaning…

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Exchange now accepting Medagate worldwide

Posted  September 27, 2012

DALLAS – As of Sept. 8, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is officially the first retailer to accept the Medagate Over the Counter (OTC) benefits card on a worldwide basis. Medagate is a card-based program provided by Medicare and Medicaid Services that enables merchants to accept payment at the register for medicine and…

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D-M to have Wingman Day Warrior Challenge

Posted  September 27, 2012

The life of a military member can often be filled with stress. Whether it’s because of a job, a deployment or being away from their support system, Airmen need ways to relax, have fun and build morale within their unit. In an effort to strengthen the morale and welfare of D-M Airmen, the base is…

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Veterans

Retired, separated wounded warriors can still pursue CCAF degree

Posted  September 27, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force combat-related wounded warriors wishing to continue their Community College of the Air Force education can now do so after separating or retiring thanks to provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. This legislative change supports the Secretary of the Air Force’s priority to ensure combat-related wounded…

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Warrior of the Week September 28, 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Roberto M. Mendez Family: Teresa and Roberto Mendez (mother and father) Josh, Bianca, and Meriah (siblings)

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When the walls came tumbling down

Posted  September 27, 2012

A 1950s-era home that had weathered Arizona’s extreme heat and monsoons for decades was no match for a 72,000 pound excavator being operated by Col. James Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, Sept. 19. It was a day when the last of 12 homes scheduled for demolition at Soaring Heights came tumbling down. Soaring Heights leaders…

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