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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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DeCA scholarship applications now available

Posted  December 7, 2012

FORT LEE, Va. (AFNS) — In 2012, the Scholarships for Military Children Program celebrated a major milestone as it reached more than $10 million in scholarships awarded to 6,742 students from around the globe. Applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program will be available starting Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide. You can also…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 7, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jonathan J. Bailey Family: Married; no children Hometown: Floodwood, MN Unit: 355 Security Forces Squadron Job title: Response Force Member Job description: Safeguard personnel and property including protection level resources valued over $32 billion dollars—most in the DoD. Provide anti-terrorism and force protection for 18,000 military and civilian personnel. Enforce standards of…

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Davis-Monthan Theater to dim lights

Posted  December 7, 2012

According to industry trends, by early 2013 movie theaters using 35MM prints will be virtually non-existent as theaters across the country convert to digital picture and sound. As a result, Army & Air Force Exchange Service theaters, which use 35MM prints, have been undergoing extensive reviews to determine the cost-effectiveness of converting its theaters to…

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D-M volunteers collect canned goods for Airmen in need

Posted  December 7, 2012

Members of D-M lent a helping hand by donating canned goods and turkeys to those families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. For three weekends, the Chapel Gospel Service volunteered their time to collect food items, as well as prepare boxes for U.S. Air Force active duty Airmen and families in need. “We had some…

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Thrift savings plan contribution limits increase in 2013

Posted  December 14, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2013 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions increased from $17,000 to $17,500 for 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The TSP catch-up plan contribution limit will remain at $5,500. TSP is a long-term retirement savings plan…

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Local Briefs December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

Christmas Tree Recycling Recycle your Christmas trees at the Golf Links Sports Park. North West corner of Golf Links and Craycroft Roads from Dec. 26 – Jan. 6. DO NOT TAKE TO BASE RECYCLING CENTER. EFMP Youth Bowling Event Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – D-M Lanes Bowling Center Youth Programs is partnering with EFMP…

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Civilian leaders take honorary command

Posted  December 14, 2012

Did you know the majority of the squadrons on base have an active duty commander and a civilian counterpart known as an honorary commander? The 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office manages, maintains and coordinates the HCC program here, which allows community leaders from around Tucson to take a closer look at Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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355th Medical Support Squadron

Posted  December 14, 2012
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That others may play

Posted  December 14, 2012

Depending on who you are speaking with, if you ask someone about the importance of video games, you may receive answers ranging from ‘they are a waste of time’ to ‘they are my life.’ One Airman here on D-M may not be the latter, but gaming has played a part in his life and career….

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AF pilot immersed in Dutch life during exchange program

Posted  December 14, 2012

VOLKEL AIR BASE, the Netherlands (AFNS) — For the past two years, Maj. Dan McGuire, an F-16 pilot, and his wife, Jen, called the Netherlands home. McGuire participated in the Air Force Personnel Exchange Program and served as an exchange pilot with the Royal Netherlands air force. He was assigned to the 312th Tactical Fighter…

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