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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

MARANA, Ariz. – The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Into the wild blue yonder

The Military Personnel Exchange Program allowed a Sailor to switch places with an Airman, giving the Sailor a chance to experience the Air Force. Navy Lieutenant Commander Eric Anderson, 354th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, transferred from the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. for a three year tour…

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: 12th AF Airmen Conquer Hard Charge

A team comprised of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Airmen and their civilian counter parts recently boosted morale by participating in the Hard Charge Televised Obstacle Mission held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson on March 29. According to the Hard Charge website, the purpose of the event was to raise both money and…

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USMES provides a starting line for beginning athletes

Every work area has at least one. One person who brings their lunch to work neatly packed into plastic containers. The same person changes into their fitness apparel at work before they leave for the gym. You may ask yourself “How does someone achieve that level of dedication toward being physically fit?” It starts with…


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Airman provides emergency care to fellow wingman

Posted  April 5, 2013

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Master Sgt. David Alderton, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Force Protection, thanks Tech. Sgt. Aaron Metrejean, 355th Maintenance Group, for helping him during a near fatal motorcycle accident on I-19 in Tucson, March 27. Metrejean rushed to Alderton’s side after Alderton was thrown from his motorcycle when…

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Local Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Brain Waves for Fathers Fri, Apr. 12, Noon-4 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn more about the mechanics of early childhood brain development.  This exciting new program is for fathers of young children (ages birth through five). Please RSVP at 228-5690. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Tues, Apr. 16, 9-10 a.m. – Airman &…

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Diamond Sharp – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Cox, Joshua /355 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Shulski Duty title: A-10 Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief When joined the AF: Jan. 3, 2012 Hometown: Dayton, Ohio Hobbies: Basketball, Paintball Selection reasons: Airman Cox was hand selected as the assistant dedicated crew chief on the Wing Flagship. Meticulous maintenance practices have contributed…

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12th AF takes down active-shooter during exercise

Posted  April 12, 2013

Members of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) A4/7 Directorate employed tactical defense skills to subdue an assailant during an active-shooter exercise at the 12th AF headquarters building here April 4.

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Local Vet is presented with last Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Medal

Posted  April 12, 2013

Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th FW Commander, and Commander Ross Orvik, DMAFB Navy Squadron Commander, honor Clarence Ellquist, a World War II Veteran and DMAFB employee of 14 years, as he is presented the very last Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Medal during a presentation Apr. 8. The award was presented by U.S. Congressman Ron Barber. Ellquist was…

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DLT Airmen unload 40K books for children

Posted  April 12, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths Airmen and Tucson citizens sort books at the Bookman’s warehouse for First Book Tucson April 2. Approximately 40,000 books were unpacked, sorted and stacked for children from pre- kindergarten to high school. Sixty-four Airmen from the Desert Lightning Team assisted First Book Tucson with unloading…

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Women’s History Month Series: Lt. Col. Jennifer Short

Posted  April 12, 2013

Lt. Col. Jennifer Short, 358th Fighter Squadron commander, is one of nearly 20 female A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots Air Force-wide. Short grew up in a military family. Her dad was a fighter pilot, and her brother went to the Air Force Academy when she was in high school.

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From the Ground Up: Climbing to the top of the world

Posted  April 12, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – Six continents. Seven years. More than 100,000 feet climbed and next month, the USAF 7 Summits Challenge team is setting out to climb to the top of the world. At 29,035 ft., Mount Everest is the highest peak on Earth. If successful, six Airmen will become the first American military team…

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TRICARE offers new prescription coverage to help kick tobacco

Posted  April 12, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – TRICARE beneficiaries living in the U.S. now have a new weapon in their fight to kick the tobacco habit. Tobacco cessation medications are now covered through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program. The medications are available to beneficiaries with a prescription who are 18 years or older, but not eligible for Medicare. Though a…

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It shouldn’t hurt to be a child

Posted  April 12, 2013

April is national Child Abuse Awareness Month, a time dedicated to child abuse awareness and prevention activities. Michelle McLoughlin, 355th Fighter Wing Family Advocacy outreach manager, says that by providing access to quality childcare, affordable health services, parenting education resources, and substance abuse and mental health programs, communities can make progress toward what the month…

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