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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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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp October 11, 2013

Posted  October 10, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Richard Marshall / 755 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Brian Young Duty Title:   Electrical Environmental Apprentice When joined the AF: Oct. 10, 2012 Hometown:  Orlando, Fla. Hobbies: Martial Arts, Reading, Watching Documentaries, & Riding Motorcycle Selection Reasons: Airman 1st Class Brian Marshall has distinguished himself both as a basic training…

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To serve with honor

Posted  October 10, 2013

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite up to par. Start over.” That was about the tempo of my first week assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard. Welcome to the life of the new guy. I remember stepping through the front door of the honor…

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Events

D-M soars high

Posted  October 10, 2013

Morethan 600 residents at Davis-Monthan enjoyed the 7th Annual Soaring Heights National Night Out, Oct. 1. National Night Out, which has been a part of the D-M community for 30 years, is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and also helps generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts. “Our residents live…

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Local

Members from the 55th ECG return home

Posted  October 10, 2013

Members from the 55th Electronic Combat Group welcomed home deployed squadron members, Oct. 7. The 11 ECG Airmen returned from a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  While deployed, members of the 55th operated an EC-130H Commando Solo aircraft. The Airmen were deployed for three months, but to family and friends, it seemed…

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Health & Safety

Flu defense takes seconds

Posted  October 3, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  – If you want to avoid that aching, tired, runny nose, fever, sneezing and coughing period of misery, you can save yourself with just one quick jab of a needle. Flu season is here, and Air Force health officers say it’s time to get the shot. The seasonal flu vaccine for…

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Local

Help out Santa Claus with fee-free Exchange layaway

Posted  October 3, 2013

Holiday shoppers can keep their loved ones’ gifts out of sight and under wraps until the time is right thanks to the return of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s fee-free layaway plan. Through Dec. 24, the Davis-Monthan Exchange will waive the $3 processing fee for all layaway purchases. Improving on the Exchange’s year-round…

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Diamond Sharp October 4, 2013

Posted  October 3, 2013

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. James R. Dillahunt / 355 SFS/S3OA First Sergeant:  Master Sgt. John Brown Duty Title: BDOC Controller When joined the AF: Aug. 30, 2005 Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana Hobbies:  Sports – Baseball/ Football Selection Reasons:   On July 4, 2013, Staff Sgt. Dillahunt was posted as crowd control during the fireworks display at…

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Health & Safety

Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted  October 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the…

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Sports

D-M holds Attack Fitness

Posted  October 3, 2013

D-M holds Attack Fitness The 355th Force Support Squadron held the Attack Fitness Competition at the Haeffner Gym, Sept. 27. The first workout consisted of 500m row, 20 back squats at body weight and 30 pull-ups. The second work consisted of a box jumps, and overhead weight. The third involved swimming eight against time and…

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Events

Local Briefs October 4, 2013

Posted  October 3, 2013

Officers’ Spouses’ Club to meet Join the Officers’ Spouses’ in playing Bunko on October 17 at the “Bookno” Luncheon.  11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Mirage Club.  Reservations required by October 14.  Go to www.dmosc.org to make a reservation. Society of Military Widows to meet The Society of Military Widows will have their luncheon at…

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