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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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Child & Adult Care Food Program Public Release FY 2014

Posted  August 15, 2013

The Family Child Care office here announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Any person that believes he or she has been discriminated against…

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Turn old phones into cash at Exchange

Posted  August 15, 2013

DALLAS – Military shoppers who have an old cell phone or two lying around gathering dust can now trade them in for credit toward a Smart Phone upgrade at the Exchange Mobile Center. A trade-in can result in instant credit toward the purchase of a new Smart Phone, accessory or even insurance for a new…

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Commentary

“Our” Airman’s Creed

Posted  August 15, 2013

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the 18th Chief of Staff of the Air Force, introduced the Airman’s Creed on April 18, 2007. It provides Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that we cherish. The Airman’s Creed was not created to regain some ideal that was lost or never otherwise identified, rather, it…

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Salutes & Awards

Logistician of the Year

Posted  August 15, 2013

Senior Airman Sammie Ervan, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron base support plan manager, was awarded the Air Force-level Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year award here Aug. 6. Ervan was nominated for the award in 2012. His supervisor at the time, Staff Sgt. Mariko McClain, prepared the package without his knowledge. “The first I heard about…

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Local Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 15, 2013

Scheduled Power Outage There will be an electrical outage Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance. The following buildings will be affected by the outage: 5303, 5301, 5309, 5314, 5315, 5305, 5318, 5329 and 5320. Please plan accordingly. DM Thrift Shop now open DM Thrift Shop reopened on August 6th!…

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Early retirement application window closes Aug. 19

Posted  August 15, 2013

Airmen interested in early retirement through the Temporary Early Retirement Authority Program must submit their application no later than Aug. 19, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. TERA, or the 15-year retirement program, is one of several force management programs the Air Force has implemented for fiscal 2014 to meet end-strength goals, said Lt. Col….

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Health & Safety

Enlisted Airmen may be eligible for medical prep school

Posted  August 15, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Active-duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but “intent to apply” emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 12. The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program offers enlisted…

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Heat injuries — No time to get complacent

Posted  August 15, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – The high temperatures for Arizona through the month of August continue to stay in the low 100s. But, it’s only halfway through the summer and heat injuries can still happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, people who work in hot environments may be at risk for…

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Air Force looks to fill developmental special duties

Posted  August 15, 2013

The Air Force has recently identified 10 special duties as enlisted developmental positions that need all openings occupied. This gives commanders the opportunity to nominate their top Airmen to their respective major commands. The special duties will be filled by the most qualified staff sergeants, technical sergeants and master sergeants. The list of developmental special…

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Airmen donate to local shelter

Posted  August 15, 2013

The Career Development Center is holding an in-house pet supply donation for the Pima Animal Care Center. During an office pow-wow, leadership and their Airmen brainstormed ways they could give back to the community. They came up with volunteering with a local shelter. Everyone attended a volunteering briefing. After volunteering a few times the Airmen…

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