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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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Team D-M journeys through the jungle

Posted  October 3, 2013

Approximately 450 military members, spouses and children attended a community outreach and information fair hosted by the Airman and Family Services flight at the Mirage Club, Sept. 19, 2013. The event, Jungle Journey, was held to provide families vital information about community services including early intervention programs, mentorship programs, counseling services, special education, school supports…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted  October 3, 2013

There are many awareness’s recognized in the month of October, one of which is Domestic Violence. The Family Advocacy office, here, is showing their support for the cause base wide. The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed October 1987 after it was spearheaded by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and given the approval…

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Combined Federal Campaign: Why I give

Posted  October 3, 2013

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – I was sitting in a daze in a cold and uninviting waiting area outside an emergency operating room about one month before my high school graduation in 2005. I listened to the robotic beeps of medical machinery when I realized my life was about to change forever. Earlier that night,…

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Suicide Prevention: Don’t be afraid to ask ‘why’

Posted  September 26, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – I was a young Airman, accused of a crime I didn’t commit – I faced a court martial with an outcome of a dishonorable discharge, years in prison and civil limitations for the rest of my life. I was ultimately found not guilty, but not before I tried to kill myself….

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Dagger Point: A First Sergeant’s point of view

Posted  September 26, 2013

Master Sgt. Angela Womack is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) First Sergeant. She began her 18-year career as an Aerospace Medical Technician. In addition to holding a variety of positions in the medical career field, she has also served as the Professional Military Education Instructor for Airman Leadership School and the Family Readiness…

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The 358th fights to support life

Posted  September 26, 2013

Members of the 358th Fighter Squadron inspect and ensure that aircrew flight equipment is mission ready at Davis-Monthan, Sept. 19. AFE technicians operate various types of test equipment such as altimeters, oxygen testers, leakage testers, radio testers and other types of testers to conduce reliability testing of AFE. A flight helmet sits on a shelf…

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AF PFT enhancements to start Oct. 1

Posted  September 26, 2013

Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to be implemented Oct. 1. In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need for slight improvements….

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Single logon offers retirees simple access to secure sites

Posted  September 26, 2013

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen concerned about losing access to benefits web pages once they retire should establish their Department of Defense self-service logon identification account today, Air Force Personnel Center officials suggested. The common logon, developed by the DOD and Veterans’ Administration allows beneficiaries of DOD or Veterans’ Affairs…

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Local Briefs September 27, 2013

Posted  September 26, 2013

Love & Logic Parenting Classes Would you like to learn skills for raising responsible children?  Love & Logic makes parenting fun rather than frantic.  FREE Love & Logic classes are being offered at Borman Elementary School on D-M.  Classes will run from Nov. 6 – Dec. 19, from 3-5 p.m.  Free child care will be…

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Every Airman Counts: Auto crash leads one Airman to path of depression

Posted  September 26, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – It was a normal summer day for Ashley Barnett as she drove down the highway, reminiscing about her vacation. With her home city of Philadelphia behind her, she was on her way back to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Unfortunately, nothing could prepare her for what happened next. “In that one second,…

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