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D-M A-10’s train at RAF Lakenheath

Posted March 26, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — A Theater Security Package comprised of A-10C Thunderbolts and Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., arrived at the Liberty Wing March 13 to train with NATO allies in new environments and cultures. “Working with our NATO allies helps strengthen the bonds between us, and demonstrates the…

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Cybercrime: How it affects you

Posted March 19, 2015 by Special Agent Monte Stephens

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho (AFNS) — Cybercrime is the fastest growing and most dynamic area of crime. Ever-increasing reliance on cyber technology is allowing criminals to operate with virtual impunity across a range of criminal activities and jurisdictions. Although the types of crimes are not necessarily new (theft, fraud, extortion, drug proliferation and…

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Women’s History Month: Remembering the past, looking toward the future

Posted March 12, 2015 by Senior Airman Matthew Lotz

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — During the 1900s, answering phone calls, maintaining records and providing minor health care were some of few roles women who served in the military were permitted to fill. Jobs left open because men left for war, gave women the opportunity to step up and volunteer on the home front….

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Where the land meets the sky Davis-Monthan deployers participate in “Show-n-Tell” in Bagram

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U.S. Airmen from the 455 EAMXS and 41 EAMU deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, participated in a “Show-n-tell” with U.S. Marines also deployed to BAF on Feb. 23. This meeting afforded an opportunity for members of both services to become better acquainted with equipment and procedures utilized during joint missions. The Airmen showcased the…

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Norway’s pilots illuminate air space

Posted March 12, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

Beginning this year, Norwegian student-pilots will receive additional training in critical areas, representing a milestone in their now 18 year association with the 162nd Wing’s F-16 Schoolhouse. “The expansion of the Norwegian syllabus affirms the good reputation our students enjoy in Tucson,” said Maj. Erik Brettingen, Norwegian exchange officer and by proclamation, the flight commander…

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Safeguarding ground troops from above

Posted March 5, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez 

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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41 EECS Scorpions execute theater electronic warfare

Posted March 5, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — With more than 6,600 sorties and 38,000 flying hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron provides premier counter-communications electronic attack capabilities here. The unit flies the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft which is configured to execute worldwide information warfare tactics.  It conducts electronic attack operations in order to…

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Davis-Monthan AFB economic impact analysis

Posted March 5, 2015 by

Davis-Monthan AFB is home of the 355 FW and its nine major tenant units, to include 12th Air Force Headquarters (AFSOUTH). At any given time, Davis-Monthan AFB has anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Airmen deployed around the world engaged in combat operations. Although these Airmen come from every state in the nation, they call Tucson…

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D-M deploys 1,100 Airmen around the globe

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Approximately 1,100 Airmen have been tasked to deploy from D-M during the first three months of 2015, more than twice the normal amount. Typically, the base would have around 500 Airmen deployed at any given time which makes this deployment a significant increase. This deployment includes Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group, 55th Electronic Combat…

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Sanctions having a mixed effect on Russia, officials say

Posted February 26, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON– U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists and the annexation of Crimea are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy but have not curtailed Moscow’s continued intervention in the region, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress today. “We are hearing, for example, more dissatisfaction of the oligarchs,…

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