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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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162nd FW holds fun run alongside F-16s

Posted  October 31, 2013

At the first ever 5k and Family Fun Run held here Sept. 28, runners sped by F-16s on their way to the finish line. More than 45 participants turned out for the event sponsored by the Top 3 and Family Appreciation Day Committee. After 6 months of planning, $200 was raised to support the FAD….

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Officials announce deadlines for holiday mail delivery

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays. Officials at MPSA, an extension of the U.S. Postal Service, have published a chart at http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/xmas.htm that shows deadlines for various mailing options, broken down by the APO/FPO/DPO…

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D-M recognizes workforce equality

Posted  October 24, 2013

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to provide information on disability employment issues, as well as celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring…

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Local Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 24, 2013

Summary courts officer notice for Gabriel R. Garza It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. Gabriel R. Garza, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Capt. John R. Ware, 355th CMS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal property and…

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Arizona Runs for the Fallen

Posted  October 24, 2013

A flag-bearing relay team of 20 active-duty service members start to run the Arizona Run for the Fallen event at Freedom Park in Tucson, Oct. 18. Each mile of the run was dedicated to fallen service members from Arizona who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn

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Dagger Point with the 12 AF (AFSOUTH) commander

Posted  October 24, 2013

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. He has served Airmen for more than 31-years as a command pilot with more than 4,950 hours in the F-15C, F-22, OV-10, T-38 and the A-10 aircraft, and has commanded at the unit, squadron, group, wing, numbered Air Force and joint-levels….

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Note to breast cancer: ‘I am not your victim’

Posted  October 24, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — I’m sure by now most people don’t need to be reminded that October is breast cancer awareness month. How could you have missed it? With all the ribbons, “Save the Ta-Tas” T-shirts, bracelets, earrings, shoe laces and other pink doodads it’s fairly hard to forget. Don’t get…

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Last cargo mission out of FOB Sharana

Posted  October 24, 2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan – The aircrew of “Growler 51” set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government. Twelve hours and three round-trip flights later, the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Airmen…

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The 355th Legal Office has new office hours

Posted  October 24, 2013

The 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office has new business hours: Legal Assistance: Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closed 3rd Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. for training) Walk-in Attorney Appointments: Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (active duty and dependents only) THE LEGAL OFFICE IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. Note: For deployers…

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Get creative at the Arts & Crafts Center

Posted  October 24, 2013

The Arts & Crafts Center here offers many services, classes and products for base members. When the government began reducing our footprint and the amount of money spent at base levels, the center picked up activities and services that were removed when certain organizations closed. “The library use to run the Reading & Crafting program,…

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