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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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Getting a little awkward

Posted  August 22, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Out of the more than 20,000 people in the Joint Base San Antonio community, where do I fit in? It’s a question I’ve asked myself several times since I arrived here, and while I know my primary job, I like to think I serve another purpose. It causes me discomfort on…

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DOD facilities gear up to issue ID cards to same-sex couples

Posted  August 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — DOD facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials said today. “All spousal and family benefits, including ID cards, will be made available no later than September 3, 2013,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen. The Supreme Court decision to overturn portions of the…

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New online resource available to current, future leaders

Posted  August 22, 2013

A new training resource is available for Airmen and civilians that offers supervisory and leadership development tools. The Supervisor Resource Center is an online clearinghouse developed to put Air Force tools and no-cost resources at the fingertips of Airmen any time of day. “I’m always looking for new ways to provide training for civilian employees,”…

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Officials strive to protect MWR programs

Posted  August 22, 2013

WASHINGTON – Committed to preserving quality-of-life offerings despite ever-tighter budgets, military morale, welfare and recreation officials are scaling back in some areas as they introduce innovative approaches to delivering services and programs. Military fitness centers, swimming pools, lodging facilities and outdoor recreation offices might sound to some like a footnote among competing budget requirements. But Ed Miles,…

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Health & Safety

Parents follow the yellow brick road to fitness

Posted  August 15, 2013

The Benko Fitness and Sports Center has a little something for all types of exercise enthusiasts. From bikers to runners, from swimmers to lifters, the gym offers equipment and facilities for a myriad of workouts. One group they cater to is parents. The Benko Fitness and Sports Center Munchkin Room is the only child-friendly area…

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Deadline nears for completing SNCOA course

Posted  August 15, 2013

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  – Students enrolled in Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course 14 Version 5 have until the end of September to complete the course or they will be automatically disenrolled and will have to complete the new version of the course. Airmen who haven’t completed version 5 by Sept. 30 will not receive…

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TRICARE moves forward with Prime service area reductions

Posted  August 15, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Defense Department will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options. They will…

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D-M men’s varsity basketball to hold tryouts

Posted  August 15, 2013

The D-M men’s varsity basketball team is slated to hold tryouts Aug. 29-30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benko Fitness Center here. Active duty Airmen, civilian workers, and military dependents 18 years and older are welcomed to try out. Because the team rebuilds…

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Commissaries return to normal hours Aug. 18-24

Posted  August 15, 2013

FORT LEE, Va.  – Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules the week of Aug. 18-24, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. The DeCA announcement comes in the wake of the Department of Defense’s Aug. 6 decision to curtail furloughs of its civilian workforce from 11 to six days. “This…

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Critically Manned: chaplain assistant, care for the caregiver

Posted  August 15, 2013

Chaplain assistants provide support processes to ensure the free exercise of religion in the Air Force as well as direct support for chaplain professional ministry. “We are the eyes and ears for the chaplain,” said Staff Sgt. Misinimese Liulamaga, 355th Fighter Wing chaplain assistant. “We assist the chaplain in making sure that everyone is able…

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