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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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DOD adds synthetic marijuana to random drug testing

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” the director of DOD’s drug testing and program policy said here today. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Army Lt. Col. Tom Martin said that…

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D-M’s Santas-in-blue visit local schools

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Santas-in-Blue program made its first stop of the year at the San Xavier Mission School, Dec. 10. More than 40 D-M Airmen joined Santa in passing out Christmas gifts to several hundred children. This year the program will be visiting three schools and passing out nearly 2,100 gifts to over 1,000 students. “When you…

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DOS rollback included in FY14 force management

Posted  December 19, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – In addition to force management programs announced in July, the Air Force will implement the Enlisted Date of Separation Rollback Program for fiscal year 2014, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Dec. 17. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below…

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Commissary scanning IDs

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Defense Commissary Agency has implemented a new policy requiring a Department of Defense ID card bar code be scanned in order to make purchases at all commissaries throughout the military. “The purpose of the scanning IDs is to positively identify authorized patrons for the commissary, just like the Department of the Air Force or…

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Alaskan NORAD Region keeps Santa safe, on schedule

Posted  December 19, 2013

OINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Children around the world know the role the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, plays in tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve flight around the world. What many don’t know is the role an organization in Alaska plays in ensuring Santa makes his deliveries. U.S. and Canadian servicemembers of the Alaskan NORAD…

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ANG director visits Tucson Airmen

Posted  December 19, 2013

The director of the Air National Guard arrived at the Tucson International Airport Thursday, touring facilities and speaking with Airmen from the 162nd Fighter Wing and the 214th Air Reconnaissance Group. Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III’s visit to the guard units included attending an annual conference involving weapons and tactics issues for America’s air…

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Southern Arizona to host annual train show

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) will be hosting the Tucson Garden Railway Society of Tucson during the holiday season.  Numerous operational train displays will be set-up in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, Building 4 for patients, employees, volunteers, families, children, and especially the young at heart.  The train show will be held…

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VA warns of marketing scam

Posted  December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -The Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VA’s national call center and the GI Bill call center. Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will…

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CFC: Supporting those when they’re not “bulletproof”

Posted  December 12, 2013

It was 2006 and I was on the tail end of a combat tour in Afghanistan where, over the course of the deployment, I flew combat missions employing the Laser Guided Bombs and 30mm in support of Americans on the ground. With my squadron’s tour at an end, we were at a base in the…

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Local Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 12, 2013

National Active and Retired Federal Employees to meet Jan. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. – U-Like Buffet The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their monthly luncheon meeting on January 13, 2014, at the U-Like Buffet, 330 South Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85711.  The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and…

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