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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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Air Force leaders issue holiday message

Posted  December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following holiday message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: The holiday season is a perfect time to celebrate the many blessings…

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Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH rates

Posted  December 21, 2012

Washington (AFNS) — The Department of Defense released today the 2013 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Overall rates will increase an average of 3.8 percent this year. For members with dependents, average increases in BAH are approximately $60 per month. A typical E-6 with dependents, for example, will…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 21, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Benny Crawford Family: Tashema: Wife; SaNya: 9 year old daughter; Nadya: 6 year old Daughter Hometown: El Paso, TX Unit: 355 Medical Support Squadron Job title: NCOIC BX Pharmacy Job description: Pharmacy Tech Most rewarding job aspect: Serving the 53K beneficiaries of our community Goals: Getting a bachelor degree Hobbies: Playing or watching…

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Don’t break the bank this holiday season

Posted  December 21, 2012

The holiday season can often be an expensive time for Airmen. Buying gifts for family or friends can sometimes cause Airmen to find themselves in financial turmoil. Michael Starkey, Airman and Family Readiness Center financial counselor, shares some tips to help keep Airmen out of the red. “Holiday spending is sometimes wrapped around emotions,” Starkey…

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Van Pooling, a less expensive way to get to work

Posted  December 21, 2012

Did you know that you could commute to work for FREE? Yes, your employer, the federal government, will provide up to $1,500.00 per year to cover your commute costs if you vanpool or ride the bus. Not only will you commute for free, but you’ll save on maintenance costs and wear and tear on your…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 21, 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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Local Briefs

Posted  January 10, 2013

Focus on Fathering Jan 11 to Mar. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn about child development, connecting with your child, parenting when you are apart, discipline and more. Eight different workshops will be offered. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Maximize Your Tax Refund  Jan 15, 10-11 a.m. and noon – 1…

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Air Force Tuition Assistance Program changes policy

Posted  January 10, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force tuition assistance program changed its policies on Jan.3 to emphasize the importance of Airmen maintaining a 2.0 grade point average and a 3.0 for graduate level degrees. “The tuition assistance program is set up to assist our Airmen in getting their degrees,” said Alice Patton, chief…

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VA to cut red tape for veterans and survivors

Posted  January 10, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today it is cutting red tape for Veterans by eliminating the need for them to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR). VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits, and staff that had been responsible for processing the old form will instead focus…

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Military OneSource provides tax assistance service

Posted  January 10, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — As tax season nears, Military OneSource and H&R Block have joined forces again to provide a free online tax preparation service for service members. During an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Tony Jackson, a program analyst for the Military OneSource program office, detailed the services available for…

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