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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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Mentorship impacts young service members

Posted  November 21, 2013

You’ve just enlisted in the military, but you have no idea how it works or what are you supposed to do. Who do you go to for help? “It’s a requirement for senior leaders to help build and mentor younger enlisted service members,” said Master Sgt. Brian Young, 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant. “(Us…

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Exchange keeping the ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving

Posted  November 21, 2013

DALLAS – With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving Day will be on family and shopping will have to wait until Friday. Customers will not have to wait long…

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Military spouse competes on reality cooking show

Posted  November 14, 2013

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Seonkyoung Longest, wife of Master Sgt. Jacob Longest, is one of nine contestants in a new television show, “Restaurant Express” that aired for the first time on the Food Network, Nov. 3. Born and raised in South Korea, Seonkyoung said that while cooking is a passion of hers…

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ACOMS First Six Association lauded by Tucson Community

Posted  November 14, 2013

A ceremony honoring the 612th Air Communication Squadron’s First Six Association was held in the Tucson community, Nov. 7. The group was officially recognized by several community leaders at Erikson Elementary School for adopting one of Tucson’s local parks, Vista del Prado Park. The Vista del Prado Park project was taken on by Tech. Sgt….

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted  November 14, 2013

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing commander,…

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ACC Commander: ‘I will die before I give up’

Posted  November 14, 2013

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan  – The Commander of Air Combat Command visited Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 8, to meet with Airmen and leadership during a tour of the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility. Gen. Mike Hostage said understanding the conditions and expectations of the Airmen here will help to ensure training standards continue to prepare Airmen to…

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Local Briefs November 15, 2013

Posted  November 14, 2013

Society of Military Widows to meet Saturday, Nov. 16, Noon – Mirage Club The Society of Military Widows will have their meeting and a Thanksgiving luncheon at the Mirage Club. For your reservations, please call Kay Spargur 574-6628 ten days prior to the luncheon. DMOSC November Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m – Mirage…

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Shutdown cost DOD $600 million

Posted  November 14, 2013

Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, the Pentagon’s top financial officer said. During a Pentagon news conference, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said that in addition to the lost productivity, the shutdown generated a number of other costs that have…

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Honor and Camaraderie: Chaplain receives knighthood and continues to serve

Posted  November 14, 2013

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – He may not wear medieval armor while on horseback wielding a man-sized sword, but he does live by a code of honor as a knight. Through dedication and motivation, Chaplain Maj. David Kruse, 82nd Training Wing, has achieved knighthood through the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during a…

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AF Portal goes mobile, gets face-lift

Posted  November 14, 2013

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Expected to launch by the end of 2013, the Global Combat Support System-Air Force, or GCSS-AF, is rolling out a revamped portal, which simplifies navigation, improves performance on low-bandwidth connections and works from mobile devices. “The old system had become cluttered, difficult to navigate and was in need of an update,” said…

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