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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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BBB warns of charity scams in wake of Boston Marathon bombing

Posted  April 18, 2013

Tucson, AZ – At least one poorly-conceived charity scam has already emerged in the wake of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday, and more are likely. BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the national charity monitoring arm of Better Business Bureau cautions donors about potential red flags concerning tragedy-related philanthropy. “Tragedies inspire…

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Free issue and household hazardous materials

Posted  April 18, 2013

The Hazmart here has a Free Issue storage area. Shops can return excess new and serviceable hazardous materials to Hazmart. These returned items have already been paid for and are available to shops that have a need and are authorized to use them. D-M personnel are encouraged to make use of the Free Issue storage…

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Leadership comes from every level

Posted  April 18, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona – Are people born with natural leadership traits or are they created? Is this ability based on position, rank and/or even character? Do you believe the Air Force has an effective career progression plan in developing leaders? Although leadership is defined in many ways, the best definition heard to date and a…

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March 2013: Crime and Punishment

Posted  April 18, 2013

Article 15 Actions:  During March 2013, D-M commanders administered seven Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct…

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D-M welcomes home deployed Airmen

Posted  April 18, 2013

More than 300 pilots and aircrew from the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Maintenance Group here returned this week after a six-month deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

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Former Airman now NBA pro

Posted  April 18, 2013

EALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) – The court was shining and cameras flashing as a crowd of thousands gathered in the Sleep Train Arena to watch the Dallas Mavericks duel the Sacramento Kings April 5.

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Fusilier Kinne Speaks to Angel Thunder 13

Posted  April 18, 2013

British Fusilier Derek Kinne recounts his time as a prisoner of war during the Korean War to Angel Thunder 13 participants at the Angel Thunder opening ceremony. During his two-and-a-half-year capture by the Chinese, Kinne made two unsuccessful attempts to escape from the prison camp, assaulted a Chinese guard and suffered from several severe injuries….

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Dagger Point; Brig. Gen. Jacobsen

Posted  April 18, 2013

Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Jacobsen is the commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which is headquartered at Quantico, Va. Jacobsen started his Air Force career in 1980 as a graduate of Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Slippery Rock University, Pa. After four years as a missiles launch officer and crew commander…

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New resources promote fitness culture

Posted  April 18, 2013

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas   – To help improve Total Force fitness levels, Air Force Personnel Center officials are fielding new fitness resources accessible online, in person or on DVD. These resources, including the Operational Fitness Program, Xtreme Wednesday Workouts, the Air Force Fitness DVDs and the Fitness on Request kiosks are available to all…

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Is your security clearance current?

Posted  April 18, 2013

To support the Air Force’s global mission, you must commit to maintaining your personnel readiness. So, your immunizations are current, you have a solid family care plan in place and your finances are squared away, but are you really prepared to deploy and support the global mission? Have you forgotten anything? What about your security…

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