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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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F-16s being regenerated into drones

Posted  July 18, 2013

Less than three months after the last F-4 phantom II departed from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group for drone conversion, maintainers here are already turning the wrenches on Air Combat Command’s fourth generation of aerial targets, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. With AMARG’s entire F-16 regeneration team gathered to document the event on July…

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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted  July 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders today. The senators had requested detailed information on how…

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Save money at the Auto Hobby Shop

Posted  July 18, 2013

Car maintenance can get pricey pretty fast. But luckily for military members and their dependents, the Auto Hobby Shop can save you some money. “If you need it done, we will save you money.” said Thomas Strong, 355th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop manager, about their services. The Auto Hobby Shop is open Tuesday…

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Exchange celebrates 118 years of service

Posted  July 18, 2013

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service celebrates a past, present and future of savings and service on July 25, the organization’s 118th anniversary. In recognition of this historic milestone, the Exchange is offering two fantastic dining deals for authorized patrons to enjoy. First, Express locations worldwide will be offering any size fountain…

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162nd Fighter Wing graduates first Iraqi pilots

Posted  July 18, 2013

While the Republic of Iraq builds a strong defensive posture in the Middle East as it faces the challenges of securing its new democratic course at home, the 162nd Fighter Wing at the Tucson International Airport graduated two Iraqi air force (IqAF) F-16 pilots June 27. An occasion one would arguably find unimaginable a decade…

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FY13 Technical sergeant-selects not eligible for NCORP Phase II

Posted  July 18, 2013

With the June 27 public release of technical sergeant selections, the Total Force Service Center has seen an increase of calls from technical sergeant-selects concerned about being selected for non-voluntary retraining as part of the Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program Phase II. However, they are not eligible for non-voluntary selection. The NCORP is a two-phase program…

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Ten special duties become developmental opportunities

Posted  July 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Selection for 10 special duty fields is now a nominative rather than volunteer-based process, Air Force officials announced today. In the past, any qualified Airman who met eligibility criteria defined in the special duty catalog could apply for a special duty opportunity. However, as resources become scarcer, Air Force leaders…

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Cheating Death: A story about second chances

Posted  July 18, 2013

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) – May 27, 2012, is a day that Tech. Sgt. Mark Hopkins will never forget — even though it’s a day he can barely remember. It was the day he made a choice that drastically altered his life forever, and almost ended it in the process. “All I remember is…

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D-M’s BSP under annual review

Posted  July 18, 2013

D-M’s base support plan is now under its annual review. A base support plan lists a base’s resources and capabilities. It’s a chart developed for every base with a permanent presence. The program is Air Force-wide and controlled by each base’s Log Plan office. “Reviews have to be completed before the calendar date of the…

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Local Briefs July 19, 2013

Posted  July 18, 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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