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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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“It is my duty as a pararescueman to save life…”

Posted  October 31, 2013

Eight Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at D-M were first responders on a 19 vehicle accident involving more than 20 people on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak, Ariz., Oct. 29. Six pararescueman, a combat rescue officer and a communications specialist were driving through a dust storm with reduced visibility after jump training in Eloy,…

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Local Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

Society of Military Widows to meet The Society of Military Widows will have their meeting and a Thanksgiving luncheon at noon, Nov. 16 at the Mirage Club at D.M. Air Force Base. For your reservations, please call Kay Spargur 574-6628 ten days prior to the luncheon. NARFE Association, Chapter 55 to meet The National Active and Retired Federal…

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Airmen find frightening ways to volunteer

Posted  October 31, 2013

Airmen from D-M received the opportunity to rack up volunteer hours in October by helping out at a local farm. More than 100 military members helped during Buckelew Farm’s “Terror in the Corn”; dressing up in costumes, providing security, and helping with make-up and moving props. Master Sgt. Manolito Carrabis, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron readiness and…

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Attention all Airmen: Sexual assault convictions are now published on-line

Posted  October 31, 2013

As members of the Desert Lightning Team it is important that you are aware of the “back to basics” approach the Air Force has taken with regards to strategic communications and the on-going battle to combat sexual assault.  Beginning immediately, sexual assault convictions, and the perpetrators of these crimes will be published on-line.  You will…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp November 1, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Erin Litchfield / 41 ECS First Sergeant:  Senior Master Sgt. Richard Davis Duty Title: EC-130H Acquisition Operator When joined the AF: Jan. 17, 2012 Hometown: Marana, AZ Hobbies: Camping, hiking, paintball, basketball, and collecting swords & chess sets Selection Reasons:   Airman 1st Class Litchfield completed her CDC’s and all 5-level…

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Cruisin’ without bruisin’

Posted  October 31, 2013

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – When people think of stupid and reckless decisions, buying a motorcycle is usually on the top of their list. However, while knowing this, I personally canceled a plane ticket and bought a motorcycle in North Carolina and drove it to Columbus AFB; to say the least, my leadership was a little…

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AWACS unit makes history fielding nearly all-female flight crew

Posted  October 31, 2013

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Members of the 552nd Air Control Wing and 513th Air Control Group made history recently by fielding a nearly all-female flight crew. The crew, comprised of 19 women from every operational flying squadron within the wing and four men, took to the air on Aug. 23, in what is believed to…

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A special thanks from Pima Air and Space Museum

Posted  October 31, 2013

The Pima Air & Space Museum would like to thank all of the personnel from Davis-Monthan AFB who volunteered at our recent family events, Night Wings and Night of Fright.   Together, these events served more than 4,000 people in our community.  It’s a great feeling for us to be able to host these community events…

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Students hold drive to save lives

Posted  October 31, 2013

The American Red Cross held a blood drive in the Sonoran Science Academy gym Oct. 24, 2013. The blood drive was hosted by the school’s National Honor Society in coordination with the ARC. The NHS members were contacted after they submitted a blood drive request to the ARC for a volunteer service project. “This was…

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Article 137: What is it and how does it apply to me?

Posted  October 31, 2013

The Article 137 briefing originates from the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It outlines specific articles within the UCMJ that must be explained to enlisted members at certain times during their career. If you are an enlisted member of the Armed Forces then this briefing will apply to you. Article 137 states these articles must…

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