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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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Personal Property Section keeps household goods moving

Posted  April 19, 2012

A successful move is not a matter of chance; it is the result of planning and hard work by you and the Personal Property Section. At the center of these efforts are you – the property owner. If you expect a good move, YOU must play an active role. Our experts at the Personal Property…

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Royal Air Force trains with A-10s

Posted  April 19, 2012

The Royal Air Force’s Tornado GR4 is scheduled to be at Davis-Monthan until April 23 for Exercise Torpedo Focus. Torpedo Focus is a heavy...

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Air Force accepting nominations for chief of staff award

Posted  April 19, 2012

Each year the Air Force chief of staff presents the Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award to teams that use a systematic approach to enhance mission capability, improve operational performance and create sustained results. Nominations for this year’s award are due June 29. Major commands, headquarters Air Force, including field operating agencies and direct reporting…

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358th FS reestablishes ‘First Friday’ with Easter extravaganza

Posted  April 19, 2012

The 358th Fighter Squadron held an Easter egg hunt for their military members’ children here April 6. The Easter egg hunt helped the Airmen meet each other’s family. About nine children participated in the hunt, all of them looking for more than 60 eggs. “I recently took command and really wanted to get…

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Leaders should walk and talk instead of click and send

Posted  April 19, 2012

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — Recently, I received and reviewed, with great concern, the alarmingly high Air Force suicide rates for fiscal 2012. As of March 27 we have had 30 suicides for the year compared to 23 at this same time last year. You may be thinking, “Chief, why are you telling…

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D-M holds Day of Remembrance to honor Holocaust victims

Posted  April 19, 2012

On April 17, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base honored victims of the Holocaust. Through the stories of five Holocaust survivors and a Holocaust historian, our community gained a rare glimpse into the lives of those tormented by the horrors of the era. The Davis-Monthan Air...

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Former POWs share their stories with the Tucson community

Posted  April 19, 2012

Southern Arizona celebrated EX-POW Recognition Day April 9 by sharing the stories of former prisoners of war at the Southern Arizona VA...

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New housing website prepares Airmen for moving

Posted  April 19, 2012

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — With the summer moving season just around the corner thousands of Airmen and their families can now use a new housing website to help prepare for their move. The website,www.housing.af.mil, provides dormitory information for unaccompanied Airmen while detailing housing options and support services available at Air Force installations. For…

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Dr. Peter Rhee receives Hometown Hero flight

Posted  April 19, 2012

A familiar face was in the backseat of an F-16 trainer here April 12. Dr. Peter Rhee, chief of trauma at the University Medical Center (UMC), was chosen as the Hometown Hero for the “Thunder and Lightening Over Arizona” open house. Rhee, was the lead trauma surgeon on Jan. 8, 2011, for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle…

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355th Legal Office to assist with sonic boom damage claims

Posted  April 19, 2012

A team of Air Force claims representatives will be available April 19-20 at the Murphy-Wilmot Library to discuss any legal claims related to the sonic boom that was reported over Tucson on April 13. Murphy-Wilmot Library is located at 530 N. Wilmot Rd. The team will be available April 19 from 9 a.m. until 3…

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