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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

MARANA, Ariz. – The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Into the wild blue yonder

The Military Personnel Exchange Program allowed a Sailor to switch places with an Airman, giving the Sailor a chance to experience the Air Force. Navy Lieutenant Commander Eric Anderson, 354th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, transferred from the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. for a three year tour…

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: 12th AF Airmen Conquer Hard Charge

A team comprised of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Airmen and their civilian counter parts recently boosted morale by participating in the Hard Charge Televised Obstacle Mission held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson on March 29. According to the Hard Charge website, the purpose of the event was to raise both money and…

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USMES provides a starting line for beginning athletes

Every work area has at least one. One person who brings their lunch to work neatly packed into plastic containers. The same person changes into their fitness apparel at work before they leave for the gym. You may ask yourself “How does someone achieve that level of dedication toward being physically fit?” It starts with…


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Customs and courtesies still apply in electronic communication

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE LANGLEY EUSTIS, Va. — Modern communication is quick and convenient, and has dramatically altered the way the Air Force fights. Air Force information systems provide each Airman with direct and immediate access to the world. While information systems such as email, webpages, electronic transfer points and data links vitally enhance productivity by providing…

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2013 Vanguard nominees sought

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are seeking nominees for the 2013 Noncommissioned Officers Association Award. The award annually recognizes one enlisted member from each of the uniformed services for acts of heroism that result in saving someone’s life or preventing serious injury. The act must have occurred between Jan. 1…

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AF officials eliminate civilian skill code requirements

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials have rescinded the manual used to define civilian position skill codes in one of several ongoing administrative actions geared toward transforming civilian hiring, determining employee training and development needs, and selecting employees for training under competitive procedures, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Skill codes…

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Good grades pay off at the Exchange

Posted  November 2, 2012

DALLAS – According to the Military Child Education Coalition, an estimated 80 percent of military connected children are forced to move between 6-9 times as they complete their K-12 education and, along with geographical moves, comes changes in educational settings and curriculums. With these unique challenges in mind, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service…

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Online access simplifies dependent updates

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Family situations can be complicated, but updating family benefit information doesn’t have to be, now that it can be done online. Dependent family members must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, and in many instances must have a valid dependent identification card, to access medical,…

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AF accepting distinguished civilian award nominations

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 58th Annual Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. This is the highest award presented to DOD career civilian employees whose careers reflect exceptional devotion to duty and significant contributions of broad scope to DOD operational efficiency, economy, or other improvements,…

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EMS refurbishes Heritage Park

Posted  November 2, 2012

Members from the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron corrosion control and sheet metal flights are working to refurbish several aircraft at Heritage Park on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We are maintaining Heritage Park,” said Senior Airman Clint Black, 355th EMS aircraft structural maintenance. “We are making sure it is kept at a standard so people will…

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D-M Airman saves residents from fire

Posted  November 2, 2012

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Cacopardo, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, poses for a photo with residents he saved in Tucson, Oct. 25. Sergeant Cacopardo pulled the residents from the house after the garage caught fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths) A Staff Sgt. from the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron…

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Local Briefs – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Gate/Road Closure Craycroft Gate and Craycroft Road, from Golf Links to Arizola/Quijota, will be closed Nov. 11-12. Drivers can enter and leave the base through the Swan Gate. The visitor center will be located at the Swan Gate. Craycroft gate is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and reopen at 5 p.m. Nov….

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UofA Career Day gives glimpse of officer duties

Posted  November 9, 2012

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Rolland Holland, 355th Operation Support Squadron Airfield Operations Flight commander, talks with University of Arizona ROTC cadets about his career field in the Air Force at a Career day held at the UofA campus Nov. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook) Officers from a wide…

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