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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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563rd Rescue Group practices rescue tactics

Posted  November 21, 2013

An HH-60 Pavehawk from the 55th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., flies over Tucson during alternate insertion and extraction training with the pararescuemen of the 48th Rescue Squadron, Nov. 13 Air Force pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron rappels from a 55th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pavehawk during alternate insertion and extraction training…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M welcomes five new Chief Master Sergeants

Posted  November 21, 2013

Congratulations on joining on the ranks of Chief Master Sergeant! (C) MSgt Kevin Wendt, 612 Support Squadron (C) MSgt Todd Popovic, 48th Rescue Squadron (C) MSgt Brett McCracken, 355th Operational Support Squadron (C) MSgt Nathan Zinn, 68th Guardian Angel Training Flight (C) MSgt Christian Cahalan, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

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Local Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted  November 21, 2013

Retiree’s Will Night Dec. 12, 4 – 7 p.m. The legal office will be offering a Retiree Wills Night on Dec. 12, from 4 – 7 p.m. Retiree Will Nights are held twice a year as a way to provide estate planning to retirees. To make an appointment please call 520-228-4912. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club Dec. 12, 11…

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Health & Safety

How to combat bullying in the digital age

Posted  November 21, 2013

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Watching the news, many parents may feel perplexed by the recent surge of “cyberbullying.” Cyberbullying? What is that? This relatively new phenomena is unchartered waters for most parents and keeping children safe in this new technological arena can be anxiety provoking. Cyberbullying is defined as deliberately using digital media to communicate false,…

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Health & Safety

VA to offer dental insurance program

Posted  November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON – VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced today. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services…

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D-M Airmen honored during Phoenix Suns game

Posted  November 21, 2013

Master Sgt. David Biddinger, 48th Rescue Squadron pararescueman, assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and his wife, Teresa Biddinger, stand center-court inside US Airways Center, Phoenix during a Phoenix Suns game Nov. 10. Sergeant Biddinger was honored during half-time for the critical medical assistance that he and seven other Airmen provided during the deadly 19-vehicle…

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Veterans

Lunch with a veteran

Posted  November 21, 2013

Fifteen Airmen sat with veterans for a luncheon hosted by Atria Bell Court Gardens Retirement Community in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 13. Joan Smith, the community’s engaged life director, connected with D-M to make the event happen. “I contacted [355th Public Affairs office] about getting volunteers from the base,” Smith said. “When she told me how…

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Exchange offers holiday savings

Posted  November 21, 2013

DALLAS – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can spare the turkey as the Exchange carves up prices Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The bountiful savings begin at www.shopmyexchange.com on Thanksgiving Day with Dooney and Bourke crossbody handbags for $99 and a 14K 1 ct. TDW diamond ring marked down $1,051 to $799. In-store, shoppers will find even more…

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Officer attaché duty applications due Dec. 12

Posted  November 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Active duty line of the Air Force captains, majors and lieutenant colonels interested in attaché duty must submit an application by Dec. 12, Air Force officials said Nov. 19. The Air Force Personnel Center and the Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs office are accepting applications…

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Helping them help you

Posted  November 21, 2013

The Airman and Family Readiness Center here caters to all members of the Desert Lightning Team, whether they are active-duty retirees or families. With such a broad customer base, the A&FRC sees a lot of business and they recently received a systems upgrade to increase the quality of their services. The facility received 24 computer…

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