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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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Health & Safety

Safe HelpRoom: new support avenue for sexual assault victims

Posted  August 8, 2013

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Sexual assault victims now have a way to network with other survivors from the privacy of their own homes, thanks to the launch of a DoD chat service called Safe HelpRoom. Part of the Department of Defense’s ongoing fight against sexual assault among the ranks of service members and DOD civilians,…

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No more redundant inspections: AF implements new system

Posted  August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force recently implemented a new inspection system, aimed at giving more power to wing commanders. With the signing of Program Action Directive 13-01, Air Force inspection system Implementation Tiger Team transitions from the planning phase to the execution phase. The program, which was beta tested by United States Air Forces in Europe-Air…

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Perseverance: An Airman’s commitment to health, triathlon and career

Posted  August 1, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – There’s a chill in the water of the pool contrasting the dry heat outside. Above the surface there is chaos, but Beneath the water there is a sense of solitude, leaving the swimmer alone with only her thoughts. Swimming laps requires constant focus – keeping the body streamlined, pushing muscles…

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New management gives club new offerings

Posted  August 1, 2013

Mirage Club is used for a myriad of things, from retirement ceremonies, to inprocessing briefings to squadron Christmas parties. It is a resource greatly utilized by the base. Jerry Edwards, Mirage Club manager, hopes to take it a step farther. “We want the club to be a place people look forward to going after work…

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The Air Force gets a new travel agent

Posted  August 1, 2013

The Air Force is constantly in motion. Deployments, temporary duty assignments and permanent changes of station have personnel and equipment moving around the world at any given time. All of this travel requires planning and paperwork, and the Air Force recently got a new travel agent to handle all of that. WingGate Travel is the…

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Academy ranks among US top colleges

Posted  August 1, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) – The U.S. Air Force Academy is ranked today as one of the top universities in the nation with the latest rankings from Forbes. Forbes released its annual best college rankings July 24, listing the Academy as the 31st best university in the nation. The U.S. Military Academy ranked 7th and…

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Diamond Sharp August 2, 2013

Posted  August 1, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman Jonathan C. Bass/ 355 Equipment Maintenance Squadron Airman Jonathan Bass has constantly shown dedication to the community, his church and the military. He was elected as Dorm Council President by his peers, communicating the needs of over 100 dorm residents to the First Sergeants. Additionally, Airman Bass honored our nation’s heroes by marching…

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Officers, enlisted members offered early retirement

Posted  August 1, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Technical and master sergeants, captains, majors and lieutenant colonels in certain Air Force specialties may apply to retire with fewer than 20 years of active service under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA is one of several…

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Local Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 1, 2013

DM Thrift Shop to reopen Aug. 6 DM Thrift Shop is reopening on August 6th!  Come check out our new merchandise including a variety of Longaberger Baskets and dishes.  We are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-2 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.- noon. Consignments are Tuesdays and Wednesdays…

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Kids become paint technicians for a day

Posted  August 1, 2013

On Base Auto Body here held a “Kidz Kar Show” event July 17 at the School Age Program across from the Youth Center. The annual event gives members of the auto body shop a chance to connect with customers on a different level by interacting with their children. The auto body shop’s first event was…

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