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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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Smaller Air Force will protect quality, readiness

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – To roll with unprecedented strategic and fiscal challenges, the best path forward for the Air Force is to become smaller to protect a high-quality, ready force, top Air Force officials said today. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III briefed Pentagon reporters, addressing…

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Airmen featured in upcoming documentary series

Posted  January 18, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — A six-episode television documentary exploring Air Force combat rescue in Afghanistan through the stories of deployed Airmen will begin airing in February. The show, “Inside Combat Rescue,” provides a real-time look at the experiences of Airmen working to save the lives of NATO coalition members, Afghan security forces and…

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VA deployment of paperless claims processing system underway

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today the nationwide transition to paperless processing of Veterans’ disability claims at its regional benefits processing offices is underway. VA is aggressively building a strong foundation for its new electronic claims processing system, called Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) – a lasting solution that will transform how…

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Local Briefs – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

Divorce in Arizona & Child Support Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn how to file for divorce in Arizona plus get up-to-date Child Support info from the AZ Attorney General’s Division of Child Support. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Society of Military Widows to meet The Society of Military Widows…

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New resource helps troops, families plan deployments

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department launched a new resource to help troops and their families plan for the “before, during and after” of deploying. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, explained “Plan My Deployment” during an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. “This is a new, interactive, online…

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U.S. Southern Command commander visits D-M

Posted  January 18, 2013

Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, U.S. Southern Command commander, discusses the mission of the 612th Air and Space Operations Center with Col. James Bortree, 612th AOC commander here, Jan. 14. The 612th AOC provides command and control of air and space power in USSOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility, to include 31 countries covering a sixth of…

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Local Briefs January 25, 2013

Posted  January 24, 2013

Basketball Coaches Needed The D-M Youth Center is in need of basketball coaches for ages 5/6 and 7/8 years.  Season runs Jan. 22 to Mar. 16. Training will be provided. If you are interested please call 228-8844/8390 or e-mail Kathy.sands@dm.af.mil. Focus on Fathering Learn about child development, connecting with your child, parenting when you are…

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Military kids website helps parents, educators

Posted  January 24, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD – The Defense Department website for military children has added new features to help parents and educators explain difficult topics of the military lifestyle to children. Since its launch in January 2012, MilitaryKidsConnect.org has served more than 125,000 visitors and won five industry excellence awards. To mark the one-year anniversary, the website…

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Hitting the dusty trail

Posted  January 24, 2013

Capt. Collin O’Bryant, the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130 pilot trains and runs ultra-marathons that range from 40 to 55 miles each week.

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Pentagon to lift rule excluding women from combat

Posted  January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military, a senior defense official said today. The policy change will begin a process in which the services…

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