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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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Sports

Skeet shoot isn’t just for adults

Posted  August 1, 2013

During the early morning of July 21, shooters gathered to practice their shooting skills at the D-M skeet range. Many of the patrons were retired older gentlemen with a few middle-aged men, but what stood out was the man targeting clay pigeons, who wasn’t even yet a teenager. Ryan Meger shoots skeet and participated in…

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Local

755th AMXS Airmen help homeless youth

Posted  August 1, 2013

Two airmen from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here are on a mission to help the homeless youth of Tucson. Airman 1st Class John Collard and Senior Airman Thomas Nguyen are working with a local nonprofit organization, “Youth On Their Own.” This organization is a drop-out prevention program that supports the high school graduation of…

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Commentary

755th AMXS brings DUI awareness

Posted  August 1, 2013

Rarely am I able to pass through any of the base gates without my eyes being drawn to the status board showing the latest driving under the influence or alcohol related incident. Often the ‘days counter’ does not get above 30 days before another Airman is highlighted for failing to follow the law. It is…

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DoD

Services continue efforts to open combat jobs for women

Posted  August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Defense Department continues working toward its goal of ensuring the mission is met with fully qualified and capable personnel, regardless of gender, the Pentagon’s director of officer and enlisted personnel management said here yesterday. Speaking at a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on women in service, Juliet Beyler said the services and…

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Air Force

One of AF most decorated heroes passes away

Posted  August 1, 2013

SHALIMAR, Fla. (AFNS) – One of the most decorated Airmen in Air Force history, whose career spanned three wars and four decades, has passed away. Retired Col. George Everett “Bud” Day, an Air Force pilot, shot down during the Vietnam War and imprisoned in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” along with Sen. John McCain, defiantly resisted the North Vietnamese for…

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Air Force

Airmen deliver ideas for IT improvements through ‘Every Dollar Counts’ campaign

Posted  August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – As the Air Force continues to adapt to current fiscal challenges, the service is scrutinizing every dollar spent on mission, personnel, and readiness. To do this, the Air Force is examining every policy, purchase, practice and procedure to identify potential cost savings. Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, the Air Force Chief, Information Dominance and Chief…

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Air Force

354th FS and other CAF units resume flying

Posted  July 25, 2013

The 354th Fighter Squadron here resumed flying operations July 16 after being put in a stand down for approximately three months due to sequestration. The 354th FS was one of several units under Air Combat Command that had to stop, or curtail, its flying operations after returning from a deployment. This was done to ensure…

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Events

Local Briefs July 26, 2013

Posted  July 25, 2013

Summary courts officer notice for Gabriel R. Garza It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. Gabriel R. Garza, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Capt. John R. Ware, 355th CMS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal property and…

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Air Force

Voluntary fiscal 2014 force management programs announced

Posted  July 25, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – The Air Force will implement several officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal 2014, officials said. Force management programs enable the Air Force to both size and balance the force, with the goal of meeting mandated end strength numbers in the right career fields and at the right grades,…

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Health & Safety

355th MDG holds health, fitness fair

Posted  July 25, 2013

The 355th Medical Group, Patient Education Function here held a Family Health and Fitness Fair July 19 at the base exchange. The PEF holds the fair every summer to give the 355th MDG and other base agencies a chance to connect with people outside of the work environment. Many base agencies were at the fair…

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