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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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Events

Local Briefs April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

CCAF Graduation Thursday, May 9, 2 p.m. – Mirage Club Congratulations to our CCAF graduates!   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…

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Exchange offers employment opportunities

Posted  April 26, 2013

DALLAS – While some advertise efforts to hire veterans, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service simply does what it has for more than 117 years – extend career opportunities to veterans and their families. In fact, 10 percent of the Exchange’s workforce is comprised of veterans with military spouses and family members accounting for…

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Civilian pay transitions into ATAAPS

Posted  April 26, 2013

D-M went live with the Automated Time Attendance and Production System for civilians Sunday here, April 21. The ATAAPS program is an Air Force wide program designed to prepare audit readiness, as well as financial readiness, across the Air Force. Kimberly Hervey, 355th Comptroller Squadron ATAAPS project manager, stated the manual system provided little audit…

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Veterans

VA expedites decisions for long-standing claims

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Veterans Affairs Department is expediting compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer, VA officials announced today. Effective today, VA claims raters will make provisional decisions on the oldest claims on hand, officials said, which will allow veterans to begin collecting compensation benefits more quickly, if eligible. Veterans will…

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Health & Safety

Recognize and respond: steps to notice and prevent child abuse

Posted  April 26, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  – Take a piece of paper. Crush it in your fist. Throw it to the ground. Scream at it. Release all your stresses of the day into that scrap of parchment. Now straighten it out. Obviously, you will still be able to see the wrinkles and the tears left from your…

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General, wife die in private plane crash

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, Sue S. Brown, were killed April 19, when the Cessna 210 he was piloting crashed in Williamsburg, Va. General Brown has been the commandant of The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington D.C. since October 2010. “We are deeply…

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We are still united

Posted  April 26, 2013

Members of the Desert Lightning Team and their families participated in the Team Red, White and Blue-Tucson’s Boston Marathon Attack Response Run at Reid Park in Tucson, Ariz., April 17.

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the Every Dollar Counts campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp

Posted  April 26, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355 FW/PA First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Michael Kaczmarek Duty title: Photojournalist When joined the AF: Dec. 14, 2010 Hometown: Springhill, Florida Hobbies: Learning graphic arts, soccer, playing with her puppies, exploring Tucson, hiking Selection reasons: Airman 1st Class Christy Griffiths has been on a tear the last few months….

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Health & Safety

New AF pregnancy website offers support

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force Medical Service’s Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia, or CEMM, recently unveiled an educational and state-of-the-art website on pregnancy for Airmen and their families. The Pregnancy A to Z website, www.pregnancyatoz.org, is the CEMM’s 12th educational website. The site features videos, 3-D animations, downloadable fact sheets, a section for future fathers,…

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