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Airman receives Soldier’s Medal

Posted April 2, 2015 by

Master Sergeant Matthew A. Garcia was presented the Soldier’s Medal by Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III, Mar. 25. While deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Garcia saved the lives of two pilots who were critically injured after landing their helicopter on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan….

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Posted March 26, 2015 by (U.S. Air Force photo)

(U.S. Air Force photo) On April 18, 1942, Airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, carried the Battle of the Pacific to the heart of the Japanese empire with a surprising and daring raid on military targets at Tokyo, Yokohama, Yokosuka, Nagoya, and Kobe. This heroic attack…

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Gold Star Families to receive unique acknowledgement

Posted March 26, 2015 by David Poe

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Some memorials aren’t inlaid with platinum, or ten feet tall, or carved out of Italian Marble. According to reports, for Capt. Nathan Nylander, an Air Force meteorologist, April 27, 2011, was just another day on deployment. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Airman was deployed and at a meeting…

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Mentorship, adaptability key for recognized Airmen at OSAY

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Arizona’s military citizenry honored the best of its air and ground power at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa here March 21. The 162nd Wing nominees at the Arizona National Guard’s 2015 Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen of the Year (OSAY) Banquet were as follows: For Airman of the Year category: Senior Airman Nicholas Hoffman,…

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Diamond Sharp March 20, 2015

Posted March 19, 2015 by

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Mariam C. Bufford/ 355 SFS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Justin Mitchell Duty Title: Response Force Leader When joined the Air Force: May 20, 2006 Hometown: El Paso, TX Hobbies: Volunteering, education, fitness, reading and music Selection Reasons: As a Response Force Leader assigned to the 355 Security Forces Squadron her duty performance…

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‘Making energy efficiency a consideration in all we do’

Posted March 5, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau

D-M was recognized for being an energy efficiency installation by Tucson Electric Power during the Bright Energy Efficiency award presentation at TEP’s headquarters building, Feb. 11, 2015. The BrightEE award is given to customers who have reduced their energy use and lowered their monthly electric bills by adopting significant energy efficiency measures according to TEP….

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2014 Air Force safety awards announced, D-M a big winner

Posted February 26, 2015 by Air Force Safety Center Public Affairs

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Air Force Chief of Safety Maj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer recently announced the recipients of the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff and Chief of Safety Awards for 2014. The 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base earned the “Air Force Chief of Safety Outstanding…

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Diamond Sharp February 13, 2015

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Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Ayla Angulo / 355 FSS First Sergeant:  Master Sgt. Dierdre Mister Duty Title: Plans & Readiness NCO/ Unit Security Manager When joined the AF: January 4, 2011 Hometown: Wyanete, IL Hobbies: Outdoors, watching movies, reading, and spending time with her 9 month old Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Angulo revitalized the Mission Support…

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Female U-2 pilot blazes trail through society and space

Posted February 12, 2015 by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly amongst the stars? Have you ever stared into the night sky hoping to catch a glimpse of a shooting star? Could you imagine flying 70,000 ft. above the earth, gliding through the darkness completely isolated from all of civilization below?…

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Diamond Sharp January 30, 2015

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Staff Sgt. Amber L. Todd/12 AF Name/Squadron:  Staff Sgt. Amber L. Todd/12 AF First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Walter W. Fortenberry Duty Title: CSS Technician When joined the AF: April 25, 2006 Hometown: Tucson, AZ Hobbies:  Spending time with the family, outdoors, Sports (Miami Dolphins) Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Todd trained 12 unit program coordinators,…

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