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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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Health & Safety

Former MTI’s road to recovery transformed tragedy into inspiration

Posted  November 26, 2013

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) – In the pitch blackness and pre-dawn stillness, his booming voice alone was enough to send several dozen new trainees into a frenzied scramble from the comfort of their bunks. His scowl was enough to keep those trainees frozen into a formation of stone figures. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Zien was…

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World

Thankfulness leads one airman to serve

Posted  November 26, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – Serbian paramilitary forces surrounded Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the Bosnian conflict, bombarding the city with heavy artillery in 1992. U.S Air Force Capt. Merima White, 99th Medical Operations Squadron Family Medicine Residency resident physician, then 9 years-old, survived the conflict as a young child and attributes her experiences to who she is…

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Health & Safety

Thanksgiving safety tips for adults, children, pets

Posted  November 26, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Thanksgiving is a day during which families may come together, enjoy a turkey and other various dishes and talk about all the things they are thankful for. It can also turn into a day of disaster if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken. “On Thanksgiving we get three times more fires…

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Dagger Point: New changes to the special duty program

Posted  November 26, 2013

Master Sgt. Angela Womack is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) First Sergeant. She began her 18-year career as an Aerospace Medical Technician. In addition to holding a variety of positions in the medical career field, she has also served as the Professional Military Education Instructor for Airman Leadership School and the Family Readiness…

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Commentary

This Thanksgiving focus on what really matters

Posted  November 26, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. – If you want the perfect Thanksgiving, remember this: what time you eat doesn’t matter, the table setting doesn’t matter, who wins the football game doesn’t matter, and most importantly, the food doesn’t really matter. What matters are the shared moments with our friends and families, and the warm memories that will…

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Events

More than just a tour

Posted  November 26, 2013

Students from schools around the Tucson community were given a tour of D-M Nov. 14. The visit was sponsored by the Southeast Regional Cooperative of the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Ten students with hearing impairments, accompanied by teachers and parents, were treated to an A-10 display and guided on a tour of…

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Commentary

ALS: A journey to becoming a successful leader

Posted  November 21, 2013

I was once told that a true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. I…

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DoD

Pentagon beefs up contractor information security requirements

Posted  November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON – An amendment published yesterday to the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement will require defense contractors to incorporate established information security standards on their unclassified networks and to report cyber-intrusion incidents that result in the loss of unclassified controlled technical information from these networks. The amendment will apply to all new contracts that will use…

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Salutes & Awards

Community College of the Air Force Graduates

Posted  November 21, 2013

Congratulations to the following 2013 Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Fall Graduates, job well done! Senior Master Sgt. ERIC REYESFERNANDEZ Tech. Sgt.  CARRIE EZELL Tech. Sgt. CARRIE TODD Staff Sgt. JANIS ROMAWAC Master Sgt.  ANGELA BANKS Staff Sgt. JUSTIN HEADLEY Senior Airman NICOLE BELL Senior Airman MELISA FERNANDEZ Senior Airman BRIAN HUCK Senior…

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Importance of on-the-spot corrections

Posted  November 21, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – A senior NCO asked me about five months ago if I had some time to discuss some [Airmen] issues. “Sure, let’s discuss it over lunch,” I replied. “I’ll meet you at the food court.” To my surprise the member asked if we could go somewhere else, and said that he avoids…

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