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D-M Airmen paint planes for protection

Posted April 19, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Michael Washburn

Stepping into the paint barn on D-M feels like being on the set of the movie “E.T.” or “Outbreak.” Airmen are dressed up in white hazardous material suits like the actors in those films, except they’re not looking for a candy-munching life form or trying to stop a deadly disease from spreading. The Airmen…

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Skits educate Airmen, eliminate misconceptions

Posted April 19, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Michael Washburn

More than 400 Airmen took time out of their day to watch “Sex Signals” live show at the Mirage Club on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 10. Sex Signals is an improvised, two-person presentation geared to educate Airmen about the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. The show uses different scenarios, audience participation and…

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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Leadership

Posted April 12, 2012 by

The 355th Fighter Wing is the host unit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Davis-Monthan AFB is home to 6,100 military and 1,200 civilians. It is one of the largest and busiest Air Force bases in the United States.  Commander, Colonel John A. Cherrey  Colonel John A. Cherrey is the commander of the 355th Fighter Wing,…

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Matt Chapman

Posted April 12, 2012 by

Matt Chapman is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who brings thrills to millions of airshow fans each summer. Chapman began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics–the unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, Chapman won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited…

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History of the Twelfth Air Force

Posted April 12, 2012 by

AFSOUTH (Twelfth Air Force) provisional origins are traced back to a series of mid-1942 Allied planners’ meetings to develop a strategy for the North African invasion or “Operation TORCH.” Because this extensive operation required a new organization to provide enough manpower and equipment, Twelfth Air Force activation plans were prepared simultaneously with the invasion strategy….

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12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Leadership

Posted April 12, 2012 by

Commander, Lt. Gen. Robin Rand Lt. Gen. Robin Rand is the Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Twelfth Air Force ensures the readiness of 10 active duty wings and one direct reporting unit for contingency operations, oversees 19 gained Air Reserve…

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at D-M

Posted April 12, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Michael Washburn

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2012 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating...

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USMC MV-22 Ospry Demo

Posted April 12, 2012 by

The MV-22 Osprey flight demonstration is one of the most sought-after aerial demonstrations offered by the U.S. military. The demonstration is performed by the same aircraft and the Marines who train and deploy in support of real-world contingencies, including ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The MV-22 Osprey is one of the newest aircraft to…

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Desert Rats

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The “Desert Rats” Warbird Demonstration Team makes a high-speed run past each other in their CJ-6A Chinese basic pilot trainer aircraft. The CJ-6 aircraft, designed in 1958, are still flown today by China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. The CJ-6 is a Chinese version of the Yakovlev Yak-18A. Its predecessor, the Nanchang CJ-5, was a licence-built version…

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History of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

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Charles Lindbergh dedicates Davis Monthan Field: September 23, 1927 In 1925, Tucson’s City Council purchased 1,280 acres of land southeast of town to relocate the city’s municipal airport. Unknown at that time this new site would become the nucleus of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Six years earlier Tucson had the proud distinction of opening the…

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