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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

MARANA, Ariz. – The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Into the wild blue yonder

The Military Personnel Exchange Program allowed a Sailor to switch places with an Airman, giving the Sailor a chance to experience the Air Force. Navy Lieutenant Commander Eric Anderson, 354th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, transferred from the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. for a three year tour…

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: 12th AF Airmen Conquer Hard Charge

A team comprised of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Airmen and their civilian counter parts recently boosted morale by participating in the Hard Charge Televised Obstacle Mission held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson on March 29. According to the Hard Charge website, the purpose of the event was to raise both money and…

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USMES provides a starting line for beginning athletes

Every work area has at least one. One person who brings their lunch to work neatly packed into plastic containers. The same person changes into their fitness apparel at work before they leave for the gym. You may ask yourself “How does someone achieve that level of dedication toward being physically fit?” It starts with…


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Local Briefs March 28, 2014

Posted  March 27, 2014

Retired Officers’ Spouses Club to meet April 3, 11 a.m. – Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its next monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 3 at Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar, 4660 East Camp Lowell Dr., on the southwest corner of Swan Rd. and Camp Lowell Dr. Special guest…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE service center walk-in service ending

Posted  March 27, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va., – Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers in the U.S. will no longer be available as of April 1. TRICARE Service Centers are customer service outlets that are operated by our regional contractors. They are usually located in military hospitals and clinics. Because our overseas areas are unique, we will continue walk-in service at TRICARE…

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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

Posted  March 20, 2014

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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D-M rescue squad mentors U of A rugby team

Posted  March 20, 2014

Members from the University of Arizona Rugby team visited the 55th Rescue Squadron here, March 7 – 8. The two-day visit was a part of the third annual Combat Wildcat event, where the players toured the 55th RQS and participated in team building exercises. Similar to basic military training, the main goal of Combat Wildcat is…

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AF requests BRAC from House Appropriations Committee

Posted  March 20, 2014

The Air Force presented to the House Appropriations Committee panel its fiscal 2015 budget request March 12, showing it will take more risk with military construction and military housing and is requesting another round of base realignments and closures. “In the (fiscal year) 15 President’s budget request, the Air Force attempted to strike the delicate…

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D-M engages in testimonials for Women’s History Month

Posted  March 20, 2014

D-M hosted a Women’s History Month panel enabling Airmen to come together and listen to women’s stories of overcoming obstacles in their lives and workplace, March 12. Women’s History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in…

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Health & Safety

AF improves its personnel reliability program

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Changes are coming to the Air Force’s program used to ensure personnel who perform nuclear-related duties are of sound mind and body on the job. The decades-old Personnel Reliability Program, or PRP, is used by all branches of service with duties tied to nuclear weapons to ensure personnel are reliable to perform nuclear-related responsibilities,…

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Air Force continues force management programs

Posted  March 20, 2014

Washington (AFNS) – Air Force leaders announced a resumption of all force management programs March 15 following a recently discussed strategic pause. “After providing senior leadership a chance to evaluate the programs and assess our early progress, we are ready to resume immediate processing of voluntary applications in most categories and begin notifying Airmen of their…

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Desert Lightning Team’s 2013 Annual Award Winners

Posted  March 20, 2014

Cathleen Harrison, 355th Comptroller Squadron senior accountant. Harrison won the 355th Fighter Wing Senior Civilian of the Year award for 2013. Tech. Sgt. Adam Boubede, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron electrical systems craftsmen, reviews a design drawing. Boubede won the 355th Fighter Wing Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award for 2013.  Marie Guinee, 355th Comptroller Squadron…

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Transportation official urges planning before PCS moves

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON – With warmer weather comes peak moving season, so when orders are in hand, people should plan ahead to ensure the most hassle-free relocation, a senior official who oversees personal property moves for military families said in a recent interview. Navy Capt. Aaron Stanley, personal property program director for U.S. Transportation Command’s Military Surface…

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