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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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Why enforce the standards?

Posted  June 13, 2013

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) – In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force instructions or technical orders. They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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Salutes & Awards

Tucson recognizes 612th AOC

Posted  June 13, 2013

A ceremony recognizing the 612th Air and Space Operations Center’s contributions to Tucson’s Adopt-a-Street program was held here, June 6. The 612th AOC adopted Kolb Road (from Golf Links to Escalante Road) in March of 2012 and have since performed more the 220 hours of regular cleanups. In addition, the organization has also taken on…

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Events

SAI offers low-cost activities to single Airmen

Posted  June 13, 2013

Outdoor Recreation here is giving Airmen an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities around Arizona through the Single Airmen Initiative program. SAI is an Air Force-wide program that allows each base a set amount of money during phases to provide Airmen an opportunity to have fun at a low-cost. There are 4 phases in year,…

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Sports

Benko hosts monthly 5K

Posted  June 13, 2013

The Benko Fitness and Sports Center here hosts a 5K run once a month for Desert Lightning Team members. The fitness center holds these runs to encourage Airmen health and morale. A 5K is five kilometers, or 3.1 miles. The runs are usually held on Sunglow Road, located right inside the Swan gate. The most…

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Health & Safety

D-M OSI Agent saves drowning child

Posted  June 13, 2013

Special Agent Christopher Martin, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 217, saved an eight-year-old boy from drowning at a youth football team pool party in Marana, Ariz., June 2. Martin was poolside talking with his wife and daughter, scanning the pool for his other children, when he noticed something was motionless under the water….

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Keeping service in perspective

Posted  June 13, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) – If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?” What would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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D-M closes library for remainder of fiscal year

Posted  June 13, 2013

D-M Library here will close its doors June 14 for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. Base leadership decided to close the base library due to fiscal challenges. “As we continue to face these challenges, we are forced to make tough decisions with regard to where our valued dollars are invested,” said Lt. Col. Donald…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M honors three Purple Heart recipients

Posted  June 13, 2013

Three Desert Lightning Team members received Purple Heart medals for an event that occurred during their recent deployment. On Oct. 5, 2012, a 107mm rocket hit the air conditioning unit directly outside the Metals Technology shop at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan injuring three Airmen deployed from D-M. Airman 1st Class Michael Kristopik and Airman 1st Class…

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Furloughs close Commissary on Mondays

Posted  June 13, 2013

The Commissary here is slated to close on Mondays beginning July 8, as a result of the civilian furloughs. The decision comes from the Defense Commissary Agency following Department of Defense protocols related to automatic federal government budget reductions. The Defense Commissary Agency chose Mondays, as they are one of the slowest sales days for…

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HC-130J prepares for first ever deployment

Posted  June 13, 2013

Since the arrival of the first HC-130J Combat King II to D-M Nov. 15, the men and women of the 563rd Rescue Group have been working to get the aircraft to full-operational capability. The 79th Rescue Squadron is preparing to take the new HC-130J Combat King II on its first ever deployment. They will be…

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