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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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Home-cooked meals away from home

Posted  October 24, 2013

For many young Airmen, their first duty station is the first time they have lived on their own. The base chapel is doing its part to ease the transition. Every Sunday, The LOFT hosts a dinner for the Airmen living in the dorms. The meals are provided by spouses, enlisted members, and off-base groups. The…

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AF holds sexual assault offenders accountable, convictions now online

Posted  October 24, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — You should know that the Air Force publishes sexual assault convictions online. Anyone can review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. After only few minutes reviewing these cases, you will see many are similar – they involve the…

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Enlisted EPME course return policy explained

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is giving three options to Airmen who were sent back to their home station while in the process of completing their respective Enlisted Professional Military Education course, as a result of the government shutdown. For the 900 affected Airmen who were attending Airman Leadership School or Noncommissioned Officer Academy…

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D-M reminds community to stay safe on Halloween

Posted  October 24, 2013

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: Wear flame retardant costumes. Hem your costumes so you don’t trip and…

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Furloughed civilians are back on the job

Posted  October 24, 2013

More than 1,300 civilian employees returned to work here Oct. 17. All furloughed civilian employees were recalled after Congress passed legislation that ended the more than two-week government shutdown. An initial wave of civilian recalls happened Oct. 7 as a result of President Barack Obama signing the Pay Our Military Act into law. The act…

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D-M Exchange offering ghoulishly good deals at food court

Posted  October 24, 2013

Ghouls and ghosts and their parents can enjoy a pre-trick or treat meal at an eerily low price as food orders made with a Military STAR Card at Davis-Monthan  Exchange-operated restaurants on Oct. 31 will be discounted 20 percent. “This is a frightfully good deal,” said the Davis-Monthan Exchange’s General Manager Cathy J. Ely. “There…

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Federal employee’s charitable donation drive re-activated

Posted  October 24, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – Combined Federal Campaign activities in the Continental United States may now resume, according to a memo from the director of the Department of Defense’s CFC program. Campaign activities were suspended during the 17-day government shutdown according to the campaign management office. The deadline to donate to the CFC is still November…

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New commander set to lead Arizona F-16 fighter wing

Posted  October 24, 2013

The Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard announced Oct. 9 a new leader for the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport. Col. Howard “Philip” Purcell will serve as commander of the Arizona Air National Guard’s international F-16 Fighting Falcon training wing. Colonel Purcell is currently the vice wing commander of the 192nd Fighter…

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New NCO corps structure for Civil Air Patrol announced

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Civil Air Patrol took a step forward Oct. 17, with the signing and approval to restructure their noncommissioned officer corps to align with the Air Force NCO corps. For the past 72 years, members of the Civil Air Patrol volunteer forces have completed three key missions – emergency services, aerospace education…

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923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Posted  October 24, 2013

Crew chiefs from the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief guide a blade from an HH-60G Pave Hawk onto a stand. For easy transport and storage, the Pave Hawks are equipped with folding rotor blades. Airman 1st Class Rodney Stewart, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, applies masking tape to a blade tip on a…

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