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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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Veterans

VA: New rates for compensation and pension benefits in 2014

Posted  December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. “We’re pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric…

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Air Force

Exchange’s online mall expands

Posted  December 12, 2013

DALLAS – The addition of several new stores in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Online Mall is adding up to greater selection and savings for military shoppers. Hat Club, World of Powersports and Candy Crush candy boxes have all recently joined more than 40 third party sites offering exclusive discounts and promotions to…

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Diamond Sharp December 13, 2013

Posted  December 12, 2013

Airman 1st Class Jonathan Kelly / 355th Communications Squadron Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jonathan Kelly / 355th Communications Squadron First Sergeant: Master Sgt. DeAndre Blagburn Duty Title: Knowledge Operations Manager When joined the AF: November 2012 Hometown: Wilkes Barre, PA Hobbies: Playing Basketball and Fantasy Football Selection Reasons:   Airman 1st Class Jonathan Kelly overhauled…

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Salutes & Awards

Best of the West Basketball Tournament

Posted  December 5, 2013

Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. and Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. compete in a basketball tournament at D-M Nov. 29. D-M hosted the Best of the West Basketball Tournament where the D-M team placed fourth.

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Air Force

Scholarships for Military Children program opens Dec. 3

Posted  December 5, 2013

FORT LEE, Va.,– Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program become available Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 28, 2014. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not…

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Local

355th SFS Airmen provide much needed protection down range

Posted  December 5, 2013

Security Forces Airmen play a critical role in supporting the mission at D-M and down range. They are responsible for the safety and security of personnel, aircraft, and cargo. Recently a group of 355th Security Forces Squadron Airmen returned from a deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Most commonly defenders will provide ground security without having…

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Salutes & Awards

U of A welcomes home D-M heroes

Posted  December 5, 2013

Air Force members stand on the field during a “Welcome Home Heroes” ceremony during halftime of a University of Arizona football game at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Nov. 16. The ceremony recognized military members who have recently returned home from deployments.

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Events

UA students tour 25th OWS

Posted  December 5, 2013

Graduate and doctoral students from the University of Arizona visited the 25th Operational Weather Squadron here Nov. 22. Sixteen students from the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geosciences and Planetary Sciences participated in a tour along with Dr. Xubin Zeng, UA Department of Atmospheric Sciences professor and honorary commander for the 25th OWS. “I’ve been involved…

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Local

Green thumbs for everyone

Posted  December 5, 2013

The Desert Lightning Team 1st Six raised funds for a greenhouse to be built at the School Age Program here. “The DLT 1st Six is an organization on base that supports community outreach in the D-M area by providing assistance that would benefit the base, the Department of Defense members and their families,” said Tech….

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U.S.

Prepare now for tax season, DOD official advises

Posted  December 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With a month left before the start of tax season, service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said the director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth said. In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson suggested…

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