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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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Enlisted evaluation and promotion systems implementation timeline

Posted  September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In July, the chief of staff and chief master sergeant of the Air Force announced a series of incremental changes to the Enlisted Evaluation and Weighted Airman Promotion Systems scheduled for implementation from August 2014 through January 2017. The evaluation and promotion systems changes are slated for implementation in a phased manner…

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Diamond Sharp September 19, 2014

Posted  September 18, 2014

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Sergei Matseyuk / 355 LRS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. David Argabright Duty Title: IPE Journeyman When joined the AF: November 2012 Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico Hobbies: Soccer, Computer, Sightseeing/Exploring Selection Reasons:   Airman 1st Class Matseyuk processed over 400 personal equipment issues and returns in support of training requirements, real world…

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D-M brings resiliency

Posted  September 18, 2014

Practicing resiliency isn’t a program; it’s a way of life. Resiliency by definition is an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Every person should be resilient and D-M is making it easier for Airmen to find the resources available to help them work on it. Vincent Howard, 355th Fighter Wing…

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67 plus years of airpower

Posted  September 18, 2014

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — What does the Air Force want for its 67th birthday; new state of the art fighter jets, more unmanned aircraft, new maintenance facilities or how about additional satellites to launch into space? The answer is none of the above. What the Air Force really wants for its birthday…

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Diamond Sharp September 19, 2014

Posted  September 18, 2014

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Roberto Chavira/ 355th Security Forces Squadron First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marc Miller Duty Title: Security Forces Trainer When joined the AF: October 2006 Hometown: El Campo, Texas Hobbies: Craft Beer, Dallas Cowboys football and finger painting Selection Reason:   While stationed at D-M, Staff Sgt Chavira has deployed to Afghanistan, Kuwait, Chile,…

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Crash Recovery Training

Posted  September 18, 2014
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Eliminating stigma: A leadership responsibility

Posted  September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As a child, a close relative of mine committed suicide. In those days, mental health was only discussed in hushed tones and little support was available. I was shaped by this experience and in my military career, I have tried to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing their problems and…

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Dietary Supplements: Safety still an issue

Posted  September 11, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Being a Servicemember is as physically demanding, at times, as being a professional athlete. As a result, Servicemembers are especially conscious of physical training requirements and the need to remain fit and ready. In recent years, a larger percentage of Servicemembers have begun to rely on dietary supplements to help them stay…

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Air Forces Southern hosts first Aeromedical Symposium

Posted  September 11, 2014

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather R. Redman) Pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., demonstrate casualty care to dozens of military medical professionals from Latin American nations Aug. 28. Air Forces Southern hosted the Aerospace Medicine Symposium as a multinational key leader engagement designed to strengthen aerospace…

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D-M pararescuemen hone skills in Bagram’s excess structures

Posted  September 11, 2014

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Pararescuemen from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, participated in a mission rehearsal where they practiced breaching, clearing, patient care and egress skills. Air Force rescue forces, conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery. The 83rd ERQS partnered with Joint Task Force Trailblazer, U.S. Army 2nd Engineer Brigade,…

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