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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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SecDef directs review of Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — In light of recent discussions concerning the new Distinguished Warfare Medal and its order of precedence relative to other military decorations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the award, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. Little said Hagel directed Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the…

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Hagel orders review of sex assault case, convening authority

Posted  March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed two separate reviews to ensure that the U.S. military justice system is appropriately protecting victims of sexual assault as well as dispensing justice to the accused, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. The orders are an outgrowth of a case against Air Force Lt. Col….

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Resiliency combats challenges

Posted  March 14, 2013

The challenges faced by Airmen are many. Beyond the immediate physical threats generated by deployments, our Airmen must deal with the mental and social effects of being in a high-intensity, stressful and dangerous environment, sometimes for months at a time. These same deployments often force spouses to become “single parents,” due to the myriad of…

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Troop financial readiness important to force, official says

Posted  March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — “It’s never too early to start saving for retirement no matter how young you are,” said a top Pentagon official, reminding those in uniform of how important it is to act now to ensure long-term financial readiness. The message from Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon’s office of Family Policy/Children and Youth,…

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D-M Airman saves time earning a degree

Posted  March 14, 2013

A local Airman doesn’t attend college, but rather spends his time earning college credit through the College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, as well as the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program. Airman 1st Class Connor Proctor, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 avionics technician, spends most of his off-duty time studying for CLEPs and…

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Exchange offers pricing parity

Posted  March 14, 2013

Whether servicemembers are here at Davis-Monthan, on exercise or deployed, they can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. The practice is known as pricing parity and the prices for products available around the world are established centrally. “While price differentiations can occur with…

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An AGE old family tradition

Posted  March 14, 2013

Staff Sgt. Mathew Stewart, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment craftsman, has a unique family history with the Air Force. Every member in his immediate family has been an enlisted Airman in our great Air Force. What makes his family history even more interesting is the fact that every one of them has served…

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Excellence In All They Do: AZANG Recognizes Outstanding Airmen

Posted  March 14, 2013

Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith 162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs There may have been no stream of paparazzi lining a red carpet at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa, but the Arizona Air National Guard’s own stars showed up in their service and mess dress uniforms at the 2013 Outstanding Airman of…

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Sale gives new life to excess C-130s

Posted  March 14, 2013

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Retired Marine Corps KC-130R aircraft will live to fly another day as part of a foreign military sales case between the U.S. Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. Six KC-130R excess aircraft are on a journey to restoration and active-duty status with the Japanese Maritime…

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Davis-Monthan Exchange diners save green on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted  March 14, 2013

Diners using their MILITARY STAR® Card at Davis-Monthan Exchange restaurants on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) will find a pot of savings as 20 percent will be taken off their bill. “The Irish won’t be the only lucky ones this St. Patrick’s Day,” said the Davis-Monthan Exchange General Manager Cathy J.Ely. “Anyone using a MILITARY…

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