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Don’t become a target

Considering recent threats against Americans and the exponential growth of social media use, becoming a target of an adversary is easier than ever. Operations Security is a process that identifies unclassified, critical information, and outlines potential threats and risks associated while developing countermeasures to safeguard that critical information. “Operations Security is any information that an…

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Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: · Wear flame retardant costumes. · Hem your costumes so you don’t…

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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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CCAF to offer General Education Mobile

Posted  January 16, 2014

Education is highly encouraged if not recommended for military members. However with the uncertainty of deployments and extended hours, committing to a seat in a college classroom is pretty difficult. The Community College of the Air Force has called upon 40 schools to offer the General Education Mobile program to active duty service members. “GEM…

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Posted  January 16, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – As a first sergeant I’ve learned some valuable lessons from my commanders. One of them is to focus my efforts on the things I can control and to plan ahead taking into consideration the effects of those actions. This is a pretty simple advice to apply. Maximize the amount of effort…

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TRICARE to end walk-in admin services

Posted  January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –TRICARE military health plan service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the U.S. on April 1, Pentagon officials said Jan. 13. While the 189 facilities will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. TRICARE service centers overseas are not…

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National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted  January 16, 2014

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The staff of D-M’s 355th Medical Group Women’s Health Clinic would like to highlight some of the changes in the guidelines for cervical cancer screening. Many women will be glad to know they will no longer need a Pap smear every year. Pap smears now begin at age…

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Retention Board Q&A

Posted  January 16, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – Airmen across Air Combat Command are starting the New Year with many questions pertaining to retention and quality review boards announced by Air Force leadership to reduce the enlisted force by thousands. Chief Michael J. Helfer, chief enlisted manager (CEM) Manpower, Personnel and Services Directorate, clarifies some of those questions and rumors…

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AF finalizing details for officer force management

Posted  January 16, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Details for implementation of two fiscal 2014 officer force management programs announced in December are being finalized to allow Air Force officials to release eligibility criteria, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. Details regarding the reduction in force board, coupled with voluntary separation pay, and the force shaping…

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34 ICBM launch officers implicated in cheating probe

Posted  January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been implicated in cheating on the ICBM launch officer proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Jan. 15. The revelations emerged during an investigation into alleged illegal drug possession, James said. The officers range in rank from…

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D-M hosting F-16 units

Posted  January 16, 2014

Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons from New Jersey and South Dakota will operate here for intermittent periods in January and February as part of the Arizona Air National Guard’s Operation Snowbird. * Twelve F-16s from the South Dakota Air National Guard are scheduled to operate at Snowbird 11-25 January. * Ten F-16s from the…

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DOD raises awareness of human trafficking

Posted  January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department officials have a zero-tolerance level for human trafficking and have stepped up awareness and education efforts to curb the crime overseas. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Brian Chin — a program manager for the department’s effort to combat human trafficking, said DOD is…

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Air Guardians visit 162nd

Posted  January 16, 2014

Members and guests of the 162nd Air Guardians, an organization consisting of Southern Arizona community and business leaders, participated in a base tour of the 162nd Fighter Wing Jan. 11. The Air Guardians mission in Southern Arizona is to educate the community about the Air Guard and to support members of the 162nd and their…

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