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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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D-M Fighter Squadron wins Luke’s 2012 Turkey Shoot

Posted  December 6, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Three U.S. Air Force pilots from the 357th Fighter Squadron, competed in a bombing competition Nov. 16, and won Top Team, as well as various other awards while there. The event, ‘Haboob Havoc,’ was hosted by the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Nine different squadrons…

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Local Briefs – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

Managing Stress and Avoiding the Holiday Blues Dec. 7, 1-2:30 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center This time of year can be extremely stressful for many of us. Join us for a free 30-minute yoga session featuring chair yoga and pranayama breathing exercises. Discussion topics will include recognizing stress, defining your holiday expectations, coping…

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OTS shortens course length, increases efficiency

Posted  December 7, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — Beginning in January, the Air Force Officer Training School’s Basic Officer Training course will be shortened by three weeks, officials announced Dec. 4. Cutting the course from 12 weeks to nine weeks was the result of finding efficiencies in the course’s scheduling processes and curriculum, said the OTS…

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October 2012 Crime and Punishment

Posted  December 7, 2012

ARTICLE 15 ACTIONS: During October 2012, D-M commanders administered eight 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 additional misconduct…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 7, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students…

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162nd FW: Fun, sun, and family time

Posted  December 7, 2012

The 162nd Fighter Wing’s November Unit Training Assembly incorporated wing-wide block training, Airmen recognition, and family appreciation fun. Saturday kicked off with the first ever annual block training which combined more than 30 hours of computer-based training into one single training event. The event included a multitude of subject matter experts, educational slides, and informative…

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Equipment accountability affects you!

Posted  December 7, 2012

There are many reasons why you may need to have equipment issued to you during your time in the Air Force. You might need a gas mask for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive training or body armor and a helmet so you can be qualified on a weapon for an upcoming deployment. If…

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Base chapels offer religious services for the holidays

Posted  December 7, 2012

Hope and Desert Dove Chapels host several religious services in the month of December. The following Catholic services take place at Desert Dove Chapel: Immaculate Conception/Mary Vigil Mass – December 7 at 5 p.m. Advent Penance Service (Children’s Ministry provided) – December 11 at 6 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass (Children’s Ministry provided) – December 24…

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CSAF directs Air Force-wide inspection

Posted  December 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Commanders across the Air Force will conduct health and welfare inspections starting Dec. 5 to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. The health and welfare inspection is a tool routinely used by unit commanders, command chiefs, and first sergeants. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A….

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