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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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Commissaries Support Military Spouses

Posted  May 24, 2013

FORT LEE – With more than 4,000 spouses employed in commissaries worldwide, May 10, Military Spouse Day, has special meaning to the Defense Commissary Agency. Military spouses make up 28 percent of the commissaries’ worldwide workforce, a notable statistic considering the demands of military life. “Military life is very mobile, and it can be hard…

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SAVAHCS receives Performance Excellence Trophy

Posted  May 24, 2013

VA Under Secretary for Health Robert A. Petzel, M.D. (right) presents the Robert W. Carey “Trophy Award” for Excellence to Jonathan H. Gardner (center), MPA, FACHE, Director for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS), as Robert D. Snyder, VA Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning looks on (left).  The formal presentation was…

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Klomp Award highlights Dutch, 162nd alliance during demo training

Posted  May 24, 2013

When the Netherlands Detachment Tucson Arizona (NTDA) here at the 162nd Fighter Wing require a high level of professionalism in supporting their training mission, they count on the Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) in collaboration with the 148th Fighter Squadron to successfully negotiate the challenges of preparing pilots for battle. Once a year, however, members of…

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First of its kind: Enlisted mission planning course graduates weapons school

Posted  May 24, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The first-ever course taught at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School for enlisted intelligence professionals, the Advanced Enlisted Mission Planning Course, graduated six enlisted students for class 13-1 here May 17. When these Airmen return to their home units, they will work closely with their intelligence weapons officers and chiefs of…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  May 24, 2013

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s Pilot for a Day program invites children in the local community who have catastrophic illnesses to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of Davis-Monthans flying squadrons for an entire day. On May 16, the 79th Rescue Squadron hosted Abrium Reyes, a 10-year-old Tucsonan recovering from Acute Lymphoblastic…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  May 24, 2013

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Josiah Gevry / 25 OWS, Bravo Flight First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marc Miller Duty Title: Shift Supervisor When joined the Air Force: Aug. 24, 2010 Hometown: Killingly, Connecticut Hobbies: Cross Fit, Tom Brady, New England Patriots Selection Reasons: Senior Airman Gevry was hand-selected for Shift Supervisor. He leads a five person team…

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Green Knights MMC hosts ride for safety

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club chapter at D-M is hosting a guided motorcycle tour to Bisbee, Ariz. May 23. The tour is part of the Green Knights’ annual safety day ride. There have been many accidents already this year, and the ride is being held to help reduce those accidents. Any U.S. military member,…

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DLT members help kids reach new heights

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin John Brauneis, a flight instructor, shows Wright Flight student how to board a Beech Bonanza A36 at Tucson International Airport, May 18. Brauneis is a volunteer pilot for Wright Flight. Wright Flight took its last participant of the year up for their graduation flight May 18,…

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Unit deployment manager now special duty position

Posted  May 24, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Unit deployment manager is now a two-year-controlled special duty assignment (identifier 8U000); a change Air Force officials say will help professionalize the position and improve deployment program continuity. In past the UDM retained his or her Air Force specialty code, and even though UDMs were working outside of their specialty,…

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Where’s the money coming from?

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore A contractor fills a hole around a plant in the construction area of the walking plaza to be built here. Though the walking plaza is being built now, it was paid for with money from the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. When sequestration hit, the Department of…

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