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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael Voss) Health & Safety

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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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 12, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) – “Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye…

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Voluntary separation programs continue through August

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Eligible officers and enlisted members have until Aug. 1 to submit their application for separation under the fiscal 2013 voluntary force management programs, Air Force officials reminded Airmen today. Announced in February, FY13 force management programs support the Air Force effort to reduce manning to the authorized end-strength by Sept. 30….

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Hagel seeks to limit convening authority powers under UCMJ

Posted  April 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will ask Congress to change military law so that commanders cannot overturn major convictions, the secretary announced in a written statement issued April 8. Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice currently gives power to “convening authorities,” or commanders, to set aside a conviction or decrease punishment following a…

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MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  – If you married, have a new address or experienced significant life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center officials advised. The Military Personnel Data System manages such military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions,…

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Local

“Paradise” for D-M personnel and families

Posted  April 12, 2013

An estimated 3,000 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base personnel and their families spent Saturday afternoon at DM enjoying free food, games, live music and a car show at a picnic in the park hosted by the DM 50. “This is one of the most popular events of the year for thousands of folks who sacrifice their…

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Salutes & Awards

AFSOUTH Airman presented with the Purple Heart

Posted  April 12, 2013

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Col. James Bortree, 612th Air and Space Operations Center commander, stands at attention with Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Darren C. Fackler, 612th AOC Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, during Fackler’s Purple Heart recognition ceremony here April 4. An Airman assigned to the 612th Air and Space Operations…

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Softball season set to kickoff

Posted  April 12, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christine Halan Kristopher Henson, second baseman for the Desert Lightning 1st Six Council softball team, swings his bat at a pitch during the Company Grade Officer Council and 1st Six softball game here Aug. 25. The CGOC defeated the 1st Six, 18-16. The softball season is scheduled to…

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354th FS and 355th MXG return home from deployment

Posted  April 12, 2013

Air Force members wait in a hangar with “Welcome Home” signs for the return of deployed Desert Lightning Team members on the flightline. The deployment included members of the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Maintenance Group, who were deployed for six months to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force members of the 354th Fighter Squadron…

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Events

Local Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 18, 2013

Retired Officers’ Spouses Club The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its last monthly luncheon meeting of the season on Thursday, May 2 at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr., located off Swan Rd., one mile north of Sunrise Dr.  Special guest speaker is Matt Welch, Tucson Botanical Gardens Volunteer Docent. Social…

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May 2013 is Career Month at Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  April 18, 2013

The DMAFB Annual Career Fair will be held on Tues, May 21, from 10am to 2pm at the Mirage Club. Representatives from numerous local and national companies, including state and federal government agencies, will be on hand to provide information on career opportunities with their respective organizations.  The Airman & Family Readiness Center will be…

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