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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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D-M recognizes top volunteers during “National Volunteer Week”

Posted  April 26, 2013

D-M recognized its top volunteers by presenting the “Volunteer of the Year” award here, April 23. Desert Lightning Team members were recognized during the 355th Fighter Wing standup as part of National Volunteer Week. Military Volunteer of the Year Senior Airman Zachary Hurst, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, was the 2012 Air Combat Command Scouting Salutes…

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The “Last One” departs

Posted  April 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo Eddie Caro, crew chief on F-4 Phantom tail number 68-0599, launches the final F-4 delivery to BAE Systems in Mojave, Calif., from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. BAE Systems will convert the aircraft into a drone and eventually deliver the jet to Tyndall AFB, Fla. The final F-4 regenerated from storage at the 309th…

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Local Briefs May 3, 2013

Posted  May 2, 2013

CCAF Graduation Thursday, May 9, 2 p.m. – Mirage Club Congratulations to our CCAF graduates! Legal Office Closure The Legal Office will be closed May 17, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Legal will also be closed May 23 – 27. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its…

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Loving boyfriend or worst enemy?

Posted  May 2, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – Would you be strong enough to make it out alive? Staff Sgt. Evon Pretulak, 366th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity director, was one of the lucky ones who did. There are many reasons to join the military; however, for most, falling victim to domestic violence isn’t one of them. Never thinking…

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What goes down the stormdrain will come up

Posted  May 2, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Do you know what is going down your storm drain? Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or lawns and send them into the storm drain system that eventually ends up in rivers, streams and lakes. Ultimately, these pollutants can migrate…

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Air Force spouse’s children’s book helps families

Posted  May 2, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Deployments can mean long days and nights for the families who are left behind, but there are ways to ease the pain of separation and maintain a normal routine. The wife of an Air Force brigadier general, who knows the stressors of deployment well, has used her family’s experiences as the…

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First Lady announces certification plan for veteran jobs

Posted  May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – First Lady Michelle Obama today unveiled the new Information Technology Training and Certification Partnership to put thousands of service members to work with industry-recognized IT certifications in hand before they leave the military. Obama, who made the announcement at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing at the White House, said a…

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Students tour D-M squadrons

Posted  May 2, 2013

First grade students from the Family Life Academy of Tucson paid a visit to the installation April 23. More than 20 students, along with family members, visited the 358th Fighter Squadron and the 55th Rescue Squadron to get an inside look at their mission. “It was around first grade that I decided I wanted to…

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Knowledge, tips help with PT test prep

Posted  May 2, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Physical fitness is a priority in the Air Force. While some Airmen dread taking physical fitness tests, there are ways to prepare for it. “One mistake I see from time to time are Airmen who do not prepare ahead of time for their physical fitness test, which can lead to either…

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted  May 2, 2013

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) – Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have been perceived as a nerd. But, his brilliant mind and leadership skills now…

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