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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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Same-sex spouses eligible for join spouse, accompanied assignments

Posted  September 6, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force military members with same-sex active duty spouses are now eligible for join spouse assignment consideration and those with a civilian same-sex spouse are now eligible for command sponsorship consideration, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Following a June 26 Supreme Court decision finding Section 3 of…

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Diamond Sharp September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Daniel O. Trudeau / 355 CES First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Bill Fortenberry Duty title: Structures Shop Chief When joined the Air Force: Nov. 19, 2002 Hometown: Onawa, Iowa Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, old Chevy muscle cars Selection Reasons: Tech. Sgt. Trudeau is one of Civil Engineering’s most stellar NCO’s. He led his…

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Subject matter experts work together to enhance base security

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin Master Sgt. Kurt Lugar, 355th Security Forces superintendent, looks over a map of Tucson with a team of subject matter experts. Lugar and the SMEs are planning ways to defend base assets from possible threats. With millions of dollars worth of assets, the Air Force…

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Fighting in her own way

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths Ellen Jimenez, the chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, displays 355th Fighter Wing jersey given to her by base leadership for her efforts in supporting the base. As a member of the MAC, Jimenez has helped to foster…

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Airmen use hardships to help others

Posted  September 6, 2013

Two D-M Airmen hosted a Go Gold event, August 16, to give back to something that has changed their lives.

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Official notes progress in suicide prevention effort

Posted  September 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense Department’s suicide prevention program, the Pentagon official in charge of the effort said here Aug. 30. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Jacqueline Garrick said…

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Stress management vital to Airmen

Posted  September 6, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts. “People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington,…

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Humanitarian assignments bring Airmen close to home, help them ‘be there’

Posted  September 6, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — When future Airmen begin their paperwork at a military entrance processing station, they are informed their assignments will largely be determined by “the needs of the Air Force.” This need of an organization to fill job positions across the globe with qualified personnel often means Airmen will be stationed…

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Airman logs many miles since retirement

Posted  September 6, 2013

Many military members get to travel the world, but one retired Airman estimates he’s traveled at least 100,000 miles ... on foot.

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Benefits of SCRA and MILITARY STAR Card don’t always intersect

Posted  September 6, 2013

DALLAS – The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), introduced in 1940 as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, was established to protect active duty service members from what might happen to their financial or legal obligations after they start military service. Decades later, the Military Star Card was established in response to military leadership’s…

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