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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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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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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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Health & Safety

New TRICARE copays take effect

Posted  January 31, 2013

TRICARE prescription copayments increased Feb. 1. The prescription costs are now based on the type of prescription and where it’s filled. According to www.tricare.mil, Congress signed the increases into law under the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires TRICARE to increase copays on brand name medications not filled at military pharmacies. Copays…

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Defense Department expands women’s combat role

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — Following a unanimous recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule for female service members.

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Promotion cycle study reference CDCs available online

Posted  January 31, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The 2013 promotion cycle study reference CDCs, in addition to those published for 2012, are now available on the e-WAPS Online Reference Library Database (e-WORLD). “For Airmen testing out-of-cycle, having access to past versions of the CDCs ensures they have appropriate study material for the cycle they’re competing in,”…

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Pay yourself first

Posted  January 31, 2013

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland (AFNS) — My grandparents used to say to me, “Pay yourself first.” Being only 10 years old at the time, I’d shrug my shoulders, give them my best thanks-for-the-advice look and say “OK.” But deep down inside, I didn’t really know what they meant. After all, I was just a kid…

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A new area for workout warriors

Posted  January 31, 2013

The Haeffner gym officially opened a new workout area for Department of Defense ID card members to use Jan. 28. The new equipment includes medicine balls, various free weights, rowing machines, pull-up bars, two ropes that hang from the gym’s ceiling, kettlebells and even an oversized tire. All the equipment for the new workout area…

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AMARG brings the F-4 back to life

Posted  January 31, 2013

The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group is on track to finish the F-4 Phantom phase of Air Combat Command’s full-scale aerial drone program. The regenerated planes will be converted into drones to be used by several bases for target practice. The regenerated planes will be used at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., for U.S. Army…

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DOD to begin review of family, military community programs

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A new task force will start work next month on a 120-day review of all family and military community programs across the Defense Department to determine their effectiveness and identify gaps and potential efficiencies, a senior defense official said. Charles E. Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and…

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Air Force launchs new standards program

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force bases and customer-service oriented services will now be held to a uniform set of standards, thanks to the recently launched Air Force Common Output Level Standards program. It’s a program that will standardize the delivery of installation support services so that Airmen and other customers will have common experiences and…

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DOD, USDA partner in ‘win-win’ distance learning program

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON – A new education program offers a “win-win” approach to helping military community members further their careers while aiding the Defense Department’s family support and child and youth development services, a Pentagon official said. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, children and youth, explained the Military Academic Advancement Program to the…

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Diamond Sharp February 1, 2013

Posted  January 31, 2013

Senior Airman Jeffery L. Gunter/ 924 MXS, (924 FG) Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Jeffery L. Gunter/ 924 MXS, (924 FG) First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. John K. Harris Duty Title: Aircraft Structural Maintenance Journeyman When Joined the AF:  September, 2001 Hometown: Willits, CA Hobbies: Poker, working out, hiking, fishing, softball and off-roading. Selection Reasons:  Airman Gunter…

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