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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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Dempsey: No plans to close military commissaries

Posted  January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans to close military commissaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. But Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey added that the budget environment is forcing the department to look for savings anywhere possible. The chairman first addressed this issue during his Facebook…

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D-M spouse hopes to “Survive” on reality TV

Posted  January 30, 2014

The spouse of a Desert Lightning Team member is hoping to be selected as a contestant on the hit reality TV game show, “Survivor.” Luella Moore, wife of Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Moore, 41st Electronic Component Squadron, has submitted her application via the show’s website. Applicants must include recent pictures of themselves and a video describing…

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Processing four legged deployers

Posted  January 30, 2014

Receiving orders is only the first step to actually putting boots on the ground. When Airmen get tasked to deploy there are several things that must be squared away to include a psychical, training records and mental health screening. “Mushe will get a full physical from the Doc which will include checking his vitals, gums,…

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Diamond Sharp January 31, 2014

Posted  January 30, 2014

Name/Squadron: Technical Sgt. Benny Crawford / 355th Medical Support Squadron First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Anthony Duty Title: Pharmacy Flight Chief When joined the AF: March, 1999 Hobbies: Football, working out, referring youth sports, spending time with family, and cheering on the New Orleans Saints! Selection:  Technical Sgt. Crawford is the epitome of a…

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FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted  January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a…

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Get your taxes done for free

Posted  January 30, 2014

The Davis-Monthan Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Office offers free tax preparation for airmen, soldiers, Marines, guardsman, dependents and retirees by trained tax preparers who are well versed in military specific tax issues. The VITA tax center submits tax returns electronically, so you can receive your refunds in as little as one week! The Tax Center…

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162FW members deliver meals to homebound community members

Posted  January 30, 2014

Fondly referred to as ‘Heroes and Angels’, volunteers from the 162nd Fighter Wing deliver meals, and kindness, to homebound individuals in Southern Tucson. Master Sgt. Joe Duyck, lead technician of database management here at the 162FW, has been volunteering with Mobile Meals of Tucson, Inc. for three years. He describes his biggest joy in volunteering…

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D-M hosts women’s basketball tournament

Posted  January 30, 2014

Women from Tucson, Phoenix and Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, gathered at Benko Fitness Center here for the Martin Luther King Jr. Women’s Basketball Tournament Jan. 18-19. The D-M Mustangs women’s basketball team asked Master Sgt. Luis Colon Jr., 355th Maintenance Group programs office safety representative, to coordinate the event after he successfully set up…

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Airmen participate in local schools Career Day

Posted  January 30, 2014

Desert Lightning Team members volunteered at Dietz Elementary School for career day, Jan. 29, 2014. Staff Sgt. Ki Nam, 355th Security Forces Squadron Military Dog handler, brought his partner, Benny, 355th SFS MWD, to the school to show and tell students about his career. Students ranging from the first grade through the sixth grade participated…

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Little Blue Book: Pocket-sized guide of Air Force values, regulations

Posted  January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – There are some who are familiar with Air Force Instruction 1-1, “The Little Blue Book.” Those who have been in the Air Force some 20-30 years may have even seen it. However, most people may not have any idea what prompted the Air Force Chief of Staff to launch this initiative….

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