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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

MARANA, Ariz. – The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Into the wild blue yonder

The Military Personnel Exchange Program allowed a Sailor to switch places with an Airman, giving the Sailor a chance to experience the Air Force. Navy Lieutenant Commander Eric Anderson, 354th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, transferred from the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. for a three year tour…

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: 12th AF Airmen Conquer Hard Charge

A team comprised of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Airmen and their civilian counter parts recently boosted morale by participating in the Hard Charge Televised Obstacle Mission held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson on March 29. According to the Hard Charge website, the purpose of the event was to raise both money and…

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USMES provides a starting line for beginning athletes

Every work area has at least one. One person who brings their lunch to work neatly packed into plastic containers. The same person changes into their fitness apparel at work before they leave for the gym. You may ask yourself “How does someone achieve that level of dedication toward being physically fit?” It starts with…


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Air Force spouse’s children’s book helps families

Posted  May 2, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Deployments can mean long days and nights for the families who are left behind, but there are ways to ease the pain of separation and maintain a normal routine. The wife of an Air Force brigadier general, who knows the stressors of deployment well, has used her family’s experiences as the…

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What goes down the stormdrain will come up

Posted  May 2, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Do you know what is going down your storm drain? Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or lawns and send them into the storm drain system that eventually ends up in rivers, streams and lakes. Ultimately, these pollutants can migrate…

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Loving boyfriend or worst enemy?

Posted  May 2, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – Would you be strong enough to make it out alive? Staff Sgt. Evon Pretulak, 366th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity director, was one of the lucky ones who did. There are many reasons to join the military; however, for most, falling victim to domestic violence isn’t one of them. Never thinking…

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Local Briefs May 3, 2013

Posted  May 2, 2013

CCAF Graduation Thursday, May 9, 2 p.m. – Mirage Club Congratulations to our CCAF graduates! Legal Office Closure The Legal Office will be closed May 17, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Legal will also be closed May 23 – 27. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its…

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The “Last One” departs

Posted  April 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo Eddie Caro, crew chief on F-4 Phantom tail number 68-0599, launches the final F-4 delivery to BAE Systems in Mojave, Calif., from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. BAE Systems will convert the aircraft into a drone and eventually deliver the jet to Tyndall AFB, Fla. The final F-4 regenerated from storage at the 309th…

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D-M recognizes top volunteers during “National Volunteer Week”

Posted  April 26, 2013

D-M recognized its top volunteers by presenting the “Volunteer of the Year” award here, April 23. Desert Lightning Team members were recognized during the 355th Fighter Wing standup as part of National Volunteer Week. Military Volunteer of the Year Senior Airman Zachary Hurst, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, was the 2012 Air Combat Command Scouting Salutes…

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New AF pregnancy website offers support

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force Medical Service’s Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia, or CEMM, recently unveiled an educational and state-of-the-art website on pregnancy for Airmen and their families. The Pregnancy A to Z website, www.pregnancyatoz.org, is the CEMM’s 12th educational website. The site features videos, 3-D animations, downloadable fact sheets, a section for future fathers,…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  April 26, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355 FW/PA First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Michael Kaczmarek Duty title: Photojournalist When joined the AF: Dec. 14, 2010 Hometown: Springhill, Florida Hobbies: Learning graphic arts, soccer, playing with her puppies, exploring Tucson, hiking Selection reasons: Airman 1st Class Christy Griffiths has been on a tear the last few months….

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the Every Dollar Counts campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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We are still united

Posted  April 26, 2013

Members of the Desert Lightning Team and their families participated in the Team Red, White and Blue-Tucson’s Boston Marathon Attack Response Run at Reid Park in Tucson, Ariz., April 17.

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