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FTAC changes bring new perspectives

Posted March 29, 2013 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

Courtesy Photo Airman 1st Class Jaime Heathe, 355 Operational Weather Squadron, sweeps as Airman 1st Class Luke Ivazic, 355 Component Maintenance Squadron, holds the dust pan here Aug 25. The center is designed to help first-term Airmen transition from technical school to a first duty station environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christine Halan)…

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Pilot for a day

Posted May 24, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s Pilot for a Day program invites children in the local community who have catastrophic illnesses to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of Davis-Monthans flying squadrons for an entire day. On May 16, the 79th Rescue Squadron hosted Abrium Reyes, a 10-year-old Tucsonan recovering from Acute Lymphoblastic…

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The Air Force gets a new travel agent

Posted August 1, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The Air Force is constantly in motion. Deployments, temporary duty assignments and permanent changes of station have personnel and equipment moving around the world at any given time. All of this travel requires planning and paperwork, and the Air Force recently got a new travel agent to handle all of that. WingGate Travel is the…

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Reservist protects her country with two careers

Posted September 26, 2013 by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

Most of the time you’ll find Yvette Orellana serving as a federal police officer for the U.S. Forest Service in Santa Barbara, Calif., patrolling in her squad car, writing tickets, protecting natural resources, as well as serving her local community as a mentor to teens heading down the wrong path. One might assume that in…

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AF announces force management programs to reduce size

Posted December 12, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced force management programs Dec. 11 designed to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration. Fiscal 2014 force management initiatives are in addition to the announcement made in July, stating the Air Force will implement several force management programs…

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Raptor crews preserve mission through adversity

Posted March 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt Angela Ruiz

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz Three F-22 Raptors from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, are parked on the flightline here, March 2. Four F-22’s were diverted to D-M and during landing three of the Raptors’ right side tires deflated as a safety precaution due to an increase in tire pressure, caused…

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CRE employed for ANGEL THUNDER

Posted May 22, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

A contingency response element of the 621st Contingency Response Wing from Travis Air Force Base, California, is participating in exercise ANGEL THUNDER at Davis-Monthan AFB and Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. The CRE provides continuous on-site management of Air Mobility Command airfield operations including command and control, aerial port services, maintenance, security, weather, and intelligence — those…

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Creation of the Coin Challenge

Posted July 31, 2014 by Capt. Ashley Walker

A challenge coin, also endearingly known as a round medal object, bears an organization’s insignia and is presented by commanders to a member of the unit to recognize special achievement. The Air Force challenge coin tradition is long-standing and is known throughout all specialties, and to all ranks. “While some dispute when the services started…

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Security Forces combatives training

Posted October 2, 2014 by (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)

Members from the 355th Security Forces Squadron participated in a combatives class at Davis-Monthan, Sept. 25. The class was intended to create resilient and confident Airmen while adding an additional tool to the SF personnel’s skills in use of force, apprehension and weapons retention.

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New generation of officer training

Posted January 15, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Heather Davis

January 2015 marks the beginning of a new era for Air Force officer training as candidates from all three service components, active duty, the Reserves and the Guard, will begin training side by side. The Air Force began transitioning to a combined basic officer training school last fall with new curricula and partially integrated classroom…

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