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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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‘Good debt’ can bolster earning potential, official says

Posted  August 8, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Establishing “good debt” can be valuable for future earning potential, particularly in today’s challenging economy, a Defense Department official advised here recently. Obtaining a student loan for a college education or a higher degree to pursue a professional career is an example of good debt for service members and their families when…

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DLT Airmen selected for promotion

Posted  August 8, 2013

The Air Force notified 268 Airmen here August 1 that they had been selected for promotion to the rank of staff sergeant. There were a total of 34,078 Airmen eligible to for promotion. With a selection rate of 32.9 percent, 11,212 of those Airmen will join the noncommissioned officer tier. The Desert Lightning Team promotees…

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Arizona VA National Wheelchair Games team brings home multiple medals

Posted  August 8, 2013

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is hosting the SAVAHCS VA Wheelchair Game competitors, medal recipients and their families today at 1 p.m. in the Community Living Center, conference room C108.  SAVAHCS had eight Veteran patients from southern Arizona, one from Phoenix, and one from Prescott, Arizona participating in this year’s National Wheelchair Games…

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Safe HelpRoom: new support avenue for sexual assault victims

Posted  August 8, 2013

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Sexual assault victims now have a way to network with other survivors from the privacy of their own homes, thanks to the launch of a DoD chat service called Safe HelpRoom. Part of the Department of Defense’s ongoing fight against sexual assault among the ranks of service members and DOD civilians,…

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No more redundant inspections: AF implements new system

Posted  August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force recently implemented a new inspection system, aimed at giving more power to wing commanders. With the signing of Program Action Directive 13-01, Air Force inspection system Implementation Tiger Team transitions from the planning phase to the execution phase. The program, which was beta tested by United States Air Forces in Europe-Air…

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Perseverance: An Airman’s commitment to health, triathlon and career

Posted  August 1, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – There’s a chill in the water of the pool contrasting the dry heat outside. Above the surface there is chaos, but Beneath the water there is a sense of solitude, leaving the swimmer alone with only her thoughts. Swimming laps requires constant focus – keeping the body streamlined, pushing muscles…

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New management gives club new offerings

Posted  August 1, 2013

Mirage Club is used for a myriad of things, from retirement ceremonies, to inprocessing briefings to squadron Christmas parties. It is a resource greatly utilized by the base. Jerry Edwards, Mirage Club manager, hopes to take it a step farther. “We want the club to be a place people look forward to going after work…

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The Air Force gets a new travel agent

Posted  August 1, 2013

The Air Force is constantly in motion. Deployments, temporary duty assignments and permanent changes of station have personnel and equipment moving around the world at any given time. All of this travel requires planning and paperwork, and the Air Force recently got a new travel agent to handle all of that. WingGate Travel is the…

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Academy ranks among US top colleges

Posted  August 1, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) – The U.S. Air Force Academy is ranked today as one of the top universities in the nation with the latest rankings from Forbes. Forbes released its annual best college rankings July 24, listing the Academy as the 31st best university in the nation. The U.S. Military Academy ranked 7th and…

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Diamond Sharp August 2, 2013

Posted  August 1, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman Jonathan C. Bass/ 355 Equipment Maintenance Squadron Airman Jonathan Bass has constantly shown dedication to the community, his church and the military. He was elected as Dorm Council President by his peers, communicating the needs of over 100 dorm residents to the First Sergeants. Additionally, Airman Bass honored our nation’s heroes by marching…

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