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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

Core elements work together

Posted  September 18, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force has built a suicide prevention program based on 11 overlapping core elements that stress community involvement and leadership in the prevention of suicides in the military: Leadership involvement — Air Force leaders actively support the entire spectrum of suicide prevention initiatives in the community. Addressing suicide…

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Health & Safety

Keep sports safe

Posted  September 18, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Playing sports is fun and it helps people keep in shape and relieve stress. However, if one is not careful, playing sports can result in injuries that keep Airmen on the sideline and out of work. “The main cause of sports-related injuries is over aggressive play and people going…

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DoD

Ice bucket challenge – What does DOD say?

Posted  September 18, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — If you have been following social media lately, you’ve seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over your newsfeed and Instagram. This has become an internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease….

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Air Force

Air Force Enlisted Village: Not just a place to live, a place to call home

Posted  September 18, 2014

I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s Association, Tyndall’s E-1 to E-4 Professional Association, and was amazed at what I saw. This was also the first time I…

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Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

Posted  September 18, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them…

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Sports

Mixed Martial Airman

Posted  September 18, 2014

After nine years of intense training and preparation, Tech. Sgt. Michael Parker is getting the opportunity of a lifetime. September 26, 2014 marks the day that validates the 162nd Wing aircraft engine mechanic’s hard work and dedication as a mixed martial artist. He will fight in the prominent Bellator MMA fight promotion at Grand Canyon…

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Local Briefs September 19, 2014

Posted  September 18, 2014

Society of Military Widows to meet Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. – Tucson Country Club The Society of Military Widows will have their luncheon and meeting at the Tucson Country Club on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be a joint luncheon with the Military Officers Association of America (M.O.A.A.).and will be attended…

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World

Unique training empowers AFSOUTH Airmen to strengthen partner capacity

Posted  September 18, 2014

Eleven firefighters and one civil engineer from the 612th Air Base Squadron at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras will become the first group in their squadron qualified to provide partner nation firefighting training, after a Mobile Training Team event scheduled for Sept. 15-19. The Air Advisor Academy sponsored MTT engagement, which will focus heavily on…

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2014 D-M Day at U of A

Posted  September 18, 2014

Approximately 2,000 Davis-Monthan personnel attended the annual DM-50 Tailgate followed by the University of Arizona Wildcats vs. the Nevada Wolf Pack football game at Arizona Stadium Sept. 13. The tailgate party and game tickets were provided at a reduced rate by the DM-50 and the U of A to show appreciation for D-M’s Airmen. For…

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9/11 Remembrance ceremony held at D-M

Posted  September 18, 2014

A 9/11 Remembrance ceremony was held here Sept. 11, 2014. The ceremony was held to honor and remember the lives lost during the Sept. 11 attacks. During the ceremony, U.S. Air Force Col. Rodger Schuld, 355th Mission Support Group commander, spoke on America’s uniqueness in that a country filled with people from different ethnic backgrounds…

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