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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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Back to School, Air Force Style

Posted  August 6, 2015

(U.S. Air Force photo/Liz Copan) Basic cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy salute during a ceremony before Field Day, July 10, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Field Day is an annual competitive event that marks the halfway point through basic cadet training.

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AF implements restricted endorsement, stratification for E-8 EPRs

Posted  August 6, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Restricted senior rater endorsement and stratification for senior NCO enlisted performance reports will be implemented in conjunction with the July 31 senior master sergeant EPR closeout date. Endorsement and stratification restrictions for senior NCOs are part of ongoing Air Force enlisted evaluation and promotion system changes underway since…

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Crossing over: Enlisted to officer

Posted  August 6, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — For 2nd Lieutenant Shaun Chaplain, 56th Comptroller Squadron flight commander, he made the career decision he knew would change his outcome in the Air Force. From Airmen ranks to general officer, the Air Force makes sure Airmen are equipped with the tools they need to lead other Airmen. Before joining the…

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Hometown News

Posted  August 6, 2015

Army Pvt. Leila Y. Araiza Zozaya Army Pvt. Leila Y. Araiza Zozaya has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare…

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TRICARE Online and MiCare have similarities, differences

Posted  August 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE Online and MiCare Secure Messaging may seem to offer the same services, but there are important differences to these software tools, which are designed to enhance access to care for all military beneficiaries. “Both programs are endorsed by the Military Heath System, and although they may seem very similar, in actuality…

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Pursue education for career’s sake

Posted  August 6, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Everyone knows education can be a good bullet on an enlisted performance report, but few know the true value of an education in regard to a military career. The pursuit of an education can be just as valuable as the degree acquired at the end. The knowledge acquired in…

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DOD awards contract for electronic health records

Posted  August 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The award of the new modernization contract for electronic health records is a great opportunity to “save money, save time, and most importantly, save lives,” said Christopher A. Miller, the Defense Healthcare Management Systems program executive officer. In a culmination of a more than two-year effort, the Defense Department today awarded a…

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Local Briefs August 7, 2015

Posted  August 6, 2015

Soak & Sip at the Outdoor Pool Aug. 13, 5:30-8 p.m. – Outdoor Pool Fun evening planned for D-M residents 21-yrs old and up. Come enjoy some music and drinks while relaxing in the pool. Bring your own float. No outside food or drinks. Beverages and Food WILL be available for purchase. Cost $5/person. White…

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12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Warfighter of the Week: Master Sgt. Leah Chavez

Posted  August 6, 2015

Master Sgt. Leah Chavez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) A1 contingency operations and planning manager, was recognized as the Warfighter of the Week, July 10, 2015. Chavez, a native of Houston, Texas, has been serving in the Air Force for 12 years. She served five years with the Air National Guard and seven years…

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The new fight: Writing cyber into the science of war

Posted  July 30, 2015

Every year, the Aspen Security Forum brings together the top minds in defense, intelligence and homeland security. This year, more than ever, the conversation is turning to cybersecurity – protecting computer networks and everything attached to them. Cyber is constantly changing the way conflicts and combat unfold. Here, former U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William Leigher offers insights…

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