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Highway to the drop zone

Posted August 19, 2016 by Airman Nathan H. Barbour

High winds and dust whipped the uniforms of two Airmen as they attempted to rescue a woman trapped in the cab of her semitractor-trailer.

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SSgt STEP above the rest

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class Nathan Barbour

Staff Sgt. Rachel Merriman, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman, was recently promoted to the rank of technical sergeant, but she didn’t receive her stripe in the usual fashion. Merriman was hand-selected by her leadership to be promoted through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program. She promoted on April 18, just two days after…

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Founder of Tucson’s Air Guard, dies at 92

Posted June 29, 2016 by 2nd Lt. Lacey Roberts

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Donald E. Morris, 92, died Tuesday, June 7. He is survived by his wife Cherie, two children, two grandchildren, five great grandchildren as he leaves behind one of Arizona’s greatest military legacies. The Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing, owes its modern-day success and mission capability to Morris, the unit’s…

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943rd RQG finance office wins 2017 AFRC award

Posted May 4, 2018 by LUKE JOHNSON

The 943rd Rescue Group finance office was recently awarded the 2017 Air Force Reserve Command’s Financial Analysis Office of the Year for their support of the group’s personnel recovery mission. The finance office efficiently handled more than $30 million in funding for the unit to support various deployments and other costs associated to ensure the…

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7,501 selected for promotion to technical sergeant

Posted July 22, 2016 by Kat Bailey

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force has selected 7,501 staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant of the 33,569 eligible. The overall selection rate was 22.35 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 380.67. Officials selected 2,020 Airmen with a promote now recommendation for 26.93 percent of the total selects; 2,348…

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Davis-Monthan named top base in the Air Force

Posted May 21, 2018 by

The Office of the Secretary of Defense named Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona the top base in the Air Force for the second time in six years. The base won the 2018 Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award, which recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of service members

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Hometown Heroes

Posted September 1, 2017 by

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Geoffrey Weber Graduated from the College of Naval Warfare at the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. He is a 1985 graduate of St. Joseph Central High School, Pittsfield, Mass. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.  Weber is the son of Jim Weber of Richmond,…

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Remembering 9/11

Posted September 17, 2016 by

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers Members from the Tucson Highlanders Pipes and Drums Scottish Pipe Band performs during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 9, 2016. The band played “Amazing Grace” to honor those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks….

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Face of Defense: Soldier dies rescuing people in burning building

Posted February 2, 2018 by by TERRANCE BELL

FORT LEE, Va. — Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah sacrificed his life to save others in a burning building in New York City. The 27-year-old New York National Guardsman, a wheeled vehicle mechanic who graduated Dec. 14 from the Ordnance School at the Sustainment Center of Excellence, caught the attention of senior officials as well as…

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Airmen stop woman from jumping off bridge

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Ron Mullan

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. ­— What started as an ordinary day for three Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base soon turned into anything but ordinary. Their quick reaction and application of the Air Force’s wingman concept saved a life May 10. Capt. Justin Phelps and 1st Lt. Camden Rogers, 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron,…

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