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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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What If

Posted  April 5, 2013

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — How many of us can truthfully say they don’t have regrets? I’m talking about the times you have asked yourself, what if? What if I had taken those college classes? What if I had worked a little harder toward making rank? What if I had capitalized on an opportunity…

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Lt. Dan Band gives free show at D-M

Posted  April 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore Gary Sinise leads an ensemble of military children in clapping during a performance by the Lt. Dan Band. The band gave a free show for the Desert Lightning Team and community.   U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore Members of the Desert Lightning…

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Anonymous crime tips possible with mobile app

Posted  April 5, 2013

QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) — Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air…

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Dagger Point with Command Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams

Posted  April 5, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) command chief. He began his 24-year Air Force career as an Administration Communications Specialist and has since served in several leadership positions to include his most recent a 365-day tour to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force.

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TSA expedites airport screening for wounded warriors

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Transportation Security Administration now offers expedited airport screening to severely injured members of the armed forces. In addition to offering curb-to-gate service, TSA now allows wounded warriors to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light outerwear jackets or hats, officials said. “In recognition of the sacrifices of our…

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AF to implement force structure changes

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — The Air Force released its plan Mar. 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes…

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Triplets enlist in the162nd Fighter Wing

Posted  April 5, 2013

Col. Mick McGuire, commander of the 162nd fighter wing, will enlist Adrianna Aubuchon on April 6, 2013 at 10 a.m., at the 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson, AZ. Adrianna Aubuchon is the final of three triplet siblings to enlist in the 162nd Fighter Wing. Her siblings, Christopher Aubuchon and Andrew Aubuchon, enlisted the beginning of January…

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Outdoor Rec hosts wildlife expo

Posted  April 5, 2013

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin) A dependant pets a bearded dragon at the wildlife expo here, March 27. Outdoor Recreation teamed up with The Reid Park Zoo for National Wildlife Week to bring a reptile exhibit to the expo. Children were able to learn about the animals, and pet them. Outdoor…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M SNCO wins ACC Outstanding Airman of the Year award

Posted  April 5, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Air Combat Command announced the 2013 Outstanding Airmen of the Year winners during a spring leadership conference at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 26. Included in those winners was one of D-M’s own, Senior Master Sgt. Matthew J. Junglas. “ACC’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year represent superb Airmen doing…

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12th Air Force gives back to Tucson homeless at local soup kitchen

Posted  April 5, 2013

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Alteri-Brown, Tech. Sgt. Linda Hodgson, Ms. Mary -Claire Avery and Master Sgt. Donnie Brown, all from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), prepare sack lunches for homeless individuals at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Tucson March 28. Over the course of two days, members…

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