Events

April 10, 2014

Welcome

On behalf of the men and women of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, we’d like to personally welcome you to the 2014 “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona” Open House. We are honored to have you here as our special guests and hope to make your visit with us as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Our goal is for you to leave today with a better idea of who we are and what our Airmen do every day.

This year’s theme, “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future,” pays tribute to our veterans and heritage and looks to today’s Air Force and the exciting capabilities on the horizon. Here at Davis-Monthan, we have shared a long-standing strong community partnership with the state of Arizona, particularly with the residents of Southern Arizona. Our roots go back to 1927 when the Davis-Monthan Airfield was dedicated by famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. The airfield was renamed Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in 1948 when the U.S. Air Force was designated its own service, emerging out of the U.S. Army Air Corps. We are proud of our history and proud to be part of this community.

It is our pleasure to share with you a piece of our mission and the Air Force mission this weekend. Our team of Open House planners have arranged an impressive array of aircraft and equipment displays showcasing our nation’s combat and airpower capatility. We will have the opportunity to show you the Desert Lightning Team’s own para-rescue men, A-10s, HH-60 helicopters, and C-130s, as they demonstrate their unique capabilities during a Combat Search and Rescue Demonstration. Among the many other performances this weekend, you will get to see the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Jump Team. I’m sure one of the major highlights will be watching the unparalleled teamwork of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as they demonstrate the aerobatic capability of the F-16.

As you take in the excitement and awe that will surround you this weekend, you will also see many of your nation’s finest. I encourage you to take a minute to approach our uniformed service members and learn who they are and what they do each day. A large number of them will have recently returned from a deployment supporting combat opperations; as at any given time, the Desert Lightning team has approximately 500 men and women deployed throughout the world. Every one of them has a story and plays an important role in your United States Air Force. Our Airmen come from a long tradition of service to country, as our Airman’s Creed states: we are “faithful to a proud heritage, a tradition of honor, and a legacy of valor. I am an American Airman… I defend my country with my life.” We think we have some of the greatest Airmen here at Davis-Monthan and we think you’ll agree as you interact with them this weekend.

Again, we would like to welcome you to the “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona” Open House and to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. We want to thank you for your continued support of this base and of our great Airmen. We sincerely hope you enjoy the weekend with us as we display your nation’s combat air power.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
IronMan_pict

Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces...
 
 

Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to...
 
 

Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter...
 

 

Adapt, overcome, succeed

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Change is inevitable, especially in today’s Air Force. If you’ve been serving for more than a few years, it’s likely you’ve experienced everything from new physical fitness requirements to the implementation of force management programs. Enlisted performance reports and feedback forms have been altered and changes to the promotion system are...
 
 

Living in the New Normal

The Military Child Education Coalition, or MCEC, will be hosting Living in the New Normal Institute, Feb. 4-5. LINN-I is a free two-day institute outlining specific community resources, deployment information and practical strategies for encouraging resilience in all children. Some learning outcomes to expect from the training are differentiating affective aspects of children dealing with...
 
 
Training_pict4

Air Force, Army conduct joint service training

U.S. Air Force and Arizona Army National Guard units conducted joint training at a southern Arizona military training range Jan. 20. A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of D-M, and a UH-60A Black Ha...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin