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Don’t become a target

Considering recent threats against Americans and the exponential growth of social media use, becoming a target of an adversary is easier than ever. Operations Security is a process that identifies unclassified, critical information, and outlines potential threats and risks associated while developing countermeasures to safeguard that critical information. “Operations Security is any information that an…

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Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

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…

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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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Fisher House steps forward to aid DOD in paying death benefits

Posted  October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Fisher House Foundation has stepped in to aid the Defense Department so families of fallen service members can receive the full set of benefits they have been promised, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here today. The Fisher House Foundation and DOD entered an agreement that includes the $100,000 death gratuity payment….

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Vegas: also family friendly

Posted  October 10, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Popular culture has painted an image of Las Vegas as an adult playground filled with booze, exotic dancers and mobsters. But in recent years, the people of “Sin City” have added fun, wholesome attractions in and out of the brightly lit casinos to change the town’s image into a family-friendly one….

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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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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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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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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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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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