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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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Military Saves teaches DLT Airmen importance of saving

Posted  February 28, 2013

Desert Lightning Team Airmen gathered at the Airman and Family Readiness Center from Feb. 25 through Mar. 1 to educate themselves on the importance of saving money throughout the year. “Military Saves Campaign is a campaign to encourage service members and their families to take a military saves pledge which is a commitment to begin…

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Health & Safety

Focusing on more than the bystander

Posted  February 28, 2013

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response officials across the Air Force are revamping their training programs. Bystander Intervention training is slated to be replaced with annual Sexual Assault Response Training in March. The SART will be an hour-long classroom course. Airmen can attend one of the three classes a week. Bystander Intervention Training emphasized those around…

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Becoming a support system

Posted  February 28, 2013

When I decided to attend Victims Advocate training I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted to help victims because, as a big sister, I always worry about my three little sisters’ safety. One of my sisters is in her first year of college, another is going to college this fall and the last is…

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‘Citizen Soldier’ to compete in local MMA championship fight

Posted  February 28, 2013

The first thing I noticed was the cut above his left eye and the puffiness that gave it an askew appearance. “Yo, Adrienne!” came to mind, but I pushed the thought away, shook his swollen hand and offered a somewhat apologetic smile. Tech. Sgt. Michael Parker, an F-16 jet engine mechanic at the 162nd Fighter…

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If sequestration triggers, furloughs begin in late April

Posted  February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — If sequestration is triggered next week, unpaid furloughs for civilian Defense Department employees will start in late April, Pentagon officials said here today. Sequestration is a provision in budget law that will trigger major across-the-board spending cuts March 1 unless Congress agrees on an alternative. DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale told reporters…

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World

Self-cleaning clothing: wear without wear

Posted  February 28, 2013

NATICK, Mass. — Imagine a world without dirty clothes. Quoc Truong, physical scientist at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, wants to make that a reality. “As a single father of four, I fully understand the rationale for self-cleaning clothing, especially when I look back to the time when my children were younger,” Truong…

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AF releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted  February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved…

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Start home-based business by providing family child care

Posted  February 28, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Changing diapers, creating meal plans, conducting learning sessions and making playtime fun are just some of the many tasks family child care providers take on. The FCC program exists to help military spouses create their own businesses at a very minimal cost to them. Requirements for becoming a child…

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From combat boots to cowboy boots

Posted  February 28, 2013

Few individuals readily exchange their combat boots for cowboy boots, and even fewer have donned a cowboy hat encircled with a crown, but Tech. Sgt. Lacey Johnson, a member of the 162nd Fighter Wing host aviation resource management office here, wears them all with pride, enthusiasm and love. A princess from the 2001 Tucson rodeo…

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Sitting down with World War II veterans

Posted  February 28, 2013

Throughout my career, I have volunteered several times. Most have been your standard bullet-worthy events; however, a recent opportunity caused me to look at volunteering in a whole new light. The event was an Honor Flight ceremony for World War II veterans held at the Pima Air and Space Museum. My job was to assist…

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