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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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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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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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Wearing leadership

Posted  May 16, 2013

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – “Six-thirty-third Air Base Wing Public Affairs, Senior Airman – I mean, Staff Sgt. Denton speaking.” It happened again and again without fail. I had to correct myself every time I answered my office phone. It was more than a little frustrating. However, as unnerving as it was, my mistake also made me…

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DARPA seeks bold, imaginative, innovative officers

Posted  May 16, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency needs eight motivated officers for the fiscal 2013 Service Chiefs’ Fellows Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Application packages for the three-month program, which begins in September, are due to the AFPC officer developmental education branch by May 31, said Master Sgt. Teresa Dixon,…

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DEERS locks down access to some information updates

Posted  May 16, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Base identification card issuing offices will no longer be able to manually correct or update certain types of personnel information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 9. DEERS is the system used to enroll Airmen and their eligible family members for an…

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Hagel orders retraining of recruiters, sexual assault responders

Posted  May 16, 2013

WASHINGTON – Amid a spate of allegations of criminal behavior by military recruiters and service members involved in the Defense Department’s efforts to prevent sexual assaults and help that crime’s victims, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the services to retrain, re-credential and rescreen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters. In a statement,…

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Torch lighting kicks off 2013 Warrior Games

Posted  May 16, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) – The 2013 Warrior Games began May 11, when Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder, with the help of Prince Harry and Olympian Missy Franklin, lit the official torch during the event’s opening ceremonies at the U.S. Olympic Training Center here. From May 11-16, more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from the…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE: Beneficiaries must sign up for automatic payment by May 31

Posted  May 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve who pay monthly premiums by check must switch to an electronic form of payment by May 31 to avoid losing coverage. TRICARE will only accept monthly premium payments using recurring automatic payments by credit or debit card, or by recurring electronic funds transfer from a linked bank…

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CAF week starts Monday

Posted  May 16, 2013

The Air Combat Command-mandated, quarterly Comprehensive Airman Fitness week begins May 20, here. CAF is comprised of four pillars: physical, social, spiritual and mental fitness. Leadership has decided that for this quarter’s CAF week, the focus will be on social fitness. “CAF is an Air Force concept that is significant to mission accomplishment and personal…

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D-M deployment manager helps maintain mission readiness in theater

Posted  May 16, 2013

SOUTHWEST ASIA  – When thousands of maintenance troops are called to serve in Southwest Asia, it takes the work of skilled Airmen to get them trained, processed and ready to fight. Getting them into the theater of operations and back home, however, is a task for the specialized few; enter the deployed maintenance unit deployment manager. UDMs…

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Local Briefs May 24, 2013

Posted  May 24, 2013

Summer Camp for Youth with Autism There is still time left to register for Tucson Alliance for Autism Summer Day Camps.  The Explorer Camps are for children ages 7 to 14 with high functioning autism.  The focus will be on leisure skills, social communication, friendship and fun.  The Wildcat Teen Camp is for teens ages…

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Health & Safety

Shifty supplements: dangers of dietary aids

Posted  May 24, 2013

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – With summer on the horizon, everyone is looking to get that perfect beach body. For many of us, reaching that goal means hitting the gym, eating better and eventually fitting into the bikini or trunks gathering dust in the closet. While those goals to become more physically fit are admirable, service members…

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