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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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USAF Thunderbirds

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2014 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 61st season of flying. The precise, calculated maneuvers that make the Thunderbirds a fan favorite require the pilots to have…

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Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…


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Veterans

VA to cut red tape for veterans and survivors

Posted  January 10, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today it is cutting red tape for Veterans by eliminating the need for them to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR). VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits, and staff that had been responsible for processing the old form will instead focus…

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Air Force Tuition Assistance Program changes policy

Posted  January 10, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force tuition assistance program changed its policies on Jan.3 to emphasize the importance of Airmen maintaining a 2.0 grade point average and a 3.0 for graduate level degrees. “The tuition assistance program is set up to assist our Airmen in getting their degrees,” said Alice Patton, chief…

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Local Briefs

Posted  January 10, 2013

Focus on Fathering Jan 11 to Mar. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn about child development, connecting with your child, parenting when you are apart, discipline and more. Eight different workshops will be offered. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Maximize Your Tax Refund  Jan 15, 10-11 a.m. and noon – 1…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 21, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students…

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Van Pooling, a less expensive way to get to work

Posted  December 21, 2012

Did you know that you could commute to work for FREE? Yes, your employer, the federal government, will provide up to $1,500.00 per year to cover your commute costs if you vanpool or ride the bus. Not only will you commute for free, but you’ll save on maintenance costs and wear and tear on your…

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Air Force

Don’t break the bank this holiday season

Posted  December 21, 2012

The holiday season can often be an expensive time for Airmen. Buying gifts for family or friends can sometimes cause Airmen to find themselves in financial turmoil. Michael Starkey, Airman and Family Readiness Center financial counselor, shares some tips to help keep Airmen out of the red. “Holiday spending is sometimes wrapped around emotions,” Starkey…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 21, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Benny Crawford Family: Tashema: Wife; SaNya: 9 year old daughter; Nadya: 6 year old Daughter Hometown: El Paso, TX Unit: 355 Medical Support Squadron Job title: NCOIC BX Pharmacy Job description: Pharmacy Tech Most rewarding job aspect: Serving the 53K beneficiaries of our community Goals: Getting a bachelor degree Hobbies: Playing or watching…

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Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH rates

Posted  December 21, 2012

Washington (AFNS) — The Department of Defense released today the 2013 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Overall rates will increase an average of 3.8 percent this year. For members with dependents, average increases in BAH are approximately $60 per month. A typical E-6 with dependents, for example, will…

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Health & Safety

Air Force leaders issue holiday message

Posted  December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following holiday message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: The holiday season is a perfect time to celebrate the many blessings…

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‘Bust through blues’ with positive attitude

Posted  December 21, 2012

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — At the end of each day, I ask myself: Is the universe a happier and better place because of my existence? I’m sure we’ve all had an experience like the one I had last week. I was waiting in line at the grocery store behind someone who was…

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