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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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Halloween on-base trick-or-treating hours announced

Posted  October 25, 2012

Trick-or-treating hours are set for Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. More than 10 two-man teams from the 355th Security Forces Squadron will be out on the streets in the Soaring Heights community ensuring the safety and well-being of all children participating in Halloween festivities. The Soaring Heights Welcome Center staff will…

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AF releases RFP for new helicopter

Posted  October 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced today the posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of this high priority Air Force acquisition program. The RFP defines an integrated, capability-based, best-value approach….

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D-M – It’s time for your flu vaccine

Posted  October 25, 2012

It’s that time of year again – flu season. Right now, the 355th Medical Group is administering the flu vaccination to Active Duty and high risk beneficiaries who will be identified by a phone call or letter. Our Immunizations clinic will be open for all beneficiaries to receive the flu vaccine on Nov. 1. The…

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Veterans honored with send-off to WWII Memorial

Posted  October 25, 2012

Members of the 162nd Fighter Wing gave a heroes’ send-off Oct. 16 to World War II Veterans as they embarked on a journey from Tucson to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington…

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The Loft to reopen in November

Posted  October 25, 2012

Since early September, The Loft has been under renovation, but it is now scheduled to re-open for dormitory Airmen in early November. Construction on The Loft began a few months after receiving the base received the Commander in Chief Annual Award for Installation Excellence (CINC award) money. “We received money from the CINC award so…

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SFS Airman receives Hero of the Year award

Posted  October 25, 2012

Staff Sgt. Aaron Escalante, 355th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, was one of four to receive the Hero of the Year award at the fifth annual Tucson observance of Heroes Day, Oct. 18.

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Local Briefs – November 2, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

Private Sector Resume Workshop Nov. 7, 10-11:30 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Prepare for your next career! Topics include writing a resume for the private sector and successful interviewing skills. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Federal Resume/Interview Tips Information Nov. 7, 1-4 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Class covers basic federal resume…

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Davis-Monthan Exchange offers fee-free holiday layaway

Posted  November 2, 2012

A good program just got better as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. “Fee-free” means that while the Davis-Monthan Exchange collects an initial $3 processing fee for new layaways, that amount…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  November 2, 2012

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Vito Delcore, 25th OWS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marc Miller Duty Title: Weather Forecaster When joined the AF: Dec. 14, 2010 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Hobbies: Volunteer firefighter, snowboarding, skydiving, rock climbing, hiking, shooting, photo editing, and car repair. He aspires to be a FDNY Fire Fighter and is currently waiting on…

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Cadet reaches podium at Ironman World Championship

Posted  November 2, 2012

Cadet 1st Class Samantha Morrison prepares to swim at the Iron Man Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Oct. 13. Morrisson is assigned to Cadet Squadron 06 and is the Air Force Academy’s 102 triathlete. (Courtesy photo) U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The first cadet to qualify in the Ironman World Championship, Cadet 1st Class Samantha…

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