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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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History is not for me

Posted  February 21, 2013

Whenever I fill out a form that asks me about my race, I take pride in marking the box labeled African American/Black. I am proud of my skin tone; my ethnicity; and to the extent that my knowledge of it allows me, my heritage; but I am not that fond of African American/Black History month….

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It’s ORI “go time”

Posted  March 8, 2012

After nearly 18 months of preparation and a sustained deployment tempo, Desert Lightning Team units face off in their 2012 Air Combat Command Operational Readiness Inspection. The ACC Inspector General team will assess D-M’s ability to generate aircraft, cargo and personnel for deployment through a Phase I ORI here March 11 to 16. “It’s go…

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Davis-Monthan Movie Schedule

Posted  March 22, 2012

Adults – $3.25 Children – $2 FRIDAY Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 7 p.m. (PG), starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson SATURDAY Safe House, 7 p.m. (R), starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds SUNDAY Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 2 p.m. (PG), starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson

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Happenings around Tucson

Posted  March 22, 2012

Spring Training Game: Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers  March 23 Game start: 1:05 p.m., gates open at 11:30 a.m. Major League Spring Training is returning to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, March 23 at 1:05 p.m. when the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers play a charity game to benefit the…

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Local Briefs March 23, 2012

Posted  March 22, 2012

2012 Air Force Assistance Fund kick-off breakfast Davis-Monthan AFB will kick off our AFAF season with a breakfast March 26 at the Mirage Club, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Come join us for a traditional breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, biscuits and all the fixings. Share in camaraderie with base leadership and fellow personnel assigned to…

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D-M Exchange to hold semi-annual wireless sale

Posted  March 22, 2012

The proliferation and popularity of apps on mobile phones continue to grow at an incredible rate. And, according to a recent Exchange poll, military members, with their mobile lifestyle, have a higher propensity to use these tools. As a result, their need for the latest in mobile technology is even greater. To meet military consumers’…

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Official offers tips to beat summer moving rush

Posted  March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON – With military moving season about to kick into high gear, officials are urging service members to book their moving dates early and to remain as flexible as possible when doing so. Careful planning is vital to ensuring a smooth move, especially during the busiest season, John Johnson, branch chief for the personal property…

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Air Force changes name of MC-130J

Posted  March 22, 2012

Ashley M. Wright Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) ““ Officials announced a popular name change for the MC130J here March 9 that honors the Air Commando legacy and capitalizes on the versatility of the aircraft. “Air Force Special Operation…

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Health & Safety

Air Force changes fitness statements in performance reports policy

Posted  March 22, 2012

Revisions to the Air Force fitness program took effect July 1, 2010. These modifications, improvements and upgrades brought about some of the most significant changes to fitness standards in the last five years and shift a greater level of responsibility for maintaining year-round physical fitness to all Airmen.  The Air Force Fitness Program goal is…

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F-35 reaches critical juncture after strong year, official says

Posted  March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program — the centerpiece of future tactical aviation and a key to implementing new military strategic guidance — made strong progress in its development last year, a defense official said today. Frank Kendall, the acting undersecretary of defense…

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