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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

Posted June 26, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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Five dead as C-130 cargo plane crashes in Georgia

Posted May 2, 2018 by

An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed May 2 onto a busy highway after taking off from a Georgia airport, killing at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico, authorities said. Black smoke rose into the sky from a section of the plane that appeared to have crashed into a median on the…

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Deployed A-10s take to the skies

Posted July 24, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano) An aircraft maintainer assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron inspects the oil levels of an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft engine during a theater security package deployment to Lask Air Base, Poland, July 13. The U.S. and Polish air forces will conduct training aimed at…

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Arizona Air National Guard F-16 crashes

Posted September 6, 2017 by By 1st Lt. Lacey Roberts

Iraqi student pilot confirmed dead after F-16 crash A pilot was killed when an F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Sept. 5, 2017, 20 miles northwest of Safford, Ariz. An Iraqi student pilot conducting a routine F-16 training mission in conjunction with the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing in Tucson, Ariz., went down at approximately 3…

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2017 TSP contribution limits announced

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Master Sgt. Lisa Krejci

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and Internal Revenue Service have announced the annual contribution limits for the Thrift Savings Plan for 2017. They will remain unchanged from 2016 except for a traditional tax-exempt increase. Those limits are: • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination limit: $18,000 • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination catch-up limit: $6,000 • Traditional tax-exempt: $54,000 NOTE: The…

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A year in Photos — April 2016

Posted January 6, 2017 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Hass, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, uses a hook and line procedure to remotely remove a suspicious package from a vehicle during the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Month Fire Department Fitness Challenge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March…

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Desert Lightning News – Davis Monthan Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Posted June 4, 2018 by

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! Click on the link above and check out our front-page story this month: for the second time in six years, Davis-Monthan AFB has been named the top base in the Air Force by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Barrier testing ensures safety

Posted December 11, 2015 by 2nd Lt. Lacey Roberts

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing located at the Tucson International Airport performed testing and certification this drill weekend on a barrier designed to stop a military aircraft in case of an emergency. The exercise is performed annually to ensure equipment is ready to prevent a crash and save lives during an emergency…

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – May 4, 2018

Posted May 10, 2018 by

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We have a great issue with news and features prepared for you this month – starting with our cover story, which features 755th Operational Support Squadron Staff Sgt. Shane Berger.

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IRS Form 1095 available on myPay

Posted January 12, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All active-duty, Guard, Reserve, retiree and civilian Airmen will need proof of health care coverage when filing their federal tax returns for 2015. “This is the first year that Affordable Care Act requires health care validation for filing their taxes and Airmen need this information,” said Robert W. Burke, the Air Force…

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