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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson) World

Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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Health & Safety

Desert medic chosen for commissioning program

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths Tech. Sgt. Pamela Jirsa, 355th Medical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the orthopedic clinic, applies a cast to a patients arm at the 355th Medical Group. Jirsa was accepted into the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program for the year of 2013. Not everyone gets to…

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421st FS pilots respond, work together in ‘amazing’ ‘non-incident’

Posted  July 5, 2013

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  — On June 11, a 421st Fighter Squadron pilot used all his previous flight safety training and then some, as he leaned on his wingman and his experience to respond to an in-flight emergency. During a four ship G-Awareness Exercise, at 9:35 a.m., Capt. Justin Ankenbruck discovered his control stick had…

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Health & Safety

355 MDOS

Posted  July 5, 2013

The 355th Medical Operations Squadron ensures combatant commanders that their warfighters are medically fit-to-fight and provides combat-ready medical personnel to execute medical support of missions worldwide. The squadron provides medical care to maximize the health and welfare of our current and retired warriors and their family members both in theater and at home. Tech. Sgt….

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp July 5, 2013

Posted  July 5, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jose A. Chavez/755 OSS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Maberry Duty Title: Mission Support Network Operator When joined the Air Force: Sept. 28, 2010 Hometown: San Dimas, CA Hobbies: Playing golf and spending time with family Selection Reasons: Airman Chavez acquired Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency certification by attending a…

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D-M Airmen arrive on scene to support tornado victims

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church The path of a recent tornado in Moore, Okla., May 22. A tornado categorized as an EF5, the strongest category possible, with winds ranging from 200 to 210 mph struck Moore May 20. The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports 24 fatalities related to the…

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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey White Retired Lt. Col. Harry Pawlik, a World War II concentration camp survivor, recalled several obstacles from the time he was captured by Nazi forces at the age of 10, to the day he graduated from the Naval War College during a recent interview. SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE…

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Airmen work to end veteran homelessness by 2015

Posted  July 5, 2013

Col. Michael T. Rawls, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, spoke at a press conference at city hall in Tucson, June 21, about ending veteran homelessness by 2015. The White House has announced an initiative to end veterans homelessness by 2015, and Tucson is one of 25 flagship cities selected to lead this effort. Tucson’s mayor,…

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Commentary

Independence Day: Freedom at its finest

Posted  July 5, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNS) — In a few days, we, as Americans, will celebrate one of the most, if not the most, important date for the U.S. — our Independence Day. As I try to figure out what I’ll be doing for the Fourth of July weekend, I also want to take the time to reflect on…

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DOD contractors to get new whistleblower protections

Posted  July 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – Beginning July 1, whistleblowers working for Defense Department subcontractors will begin receiving protection against reprisals through a new law intended to better protect those who expose possible wrongdoing. In addition, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, contractors who report suspected waste, fraud and abuse within their company…

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Furlough Days expected to begin soon

Posted  July 5, 2013

With the upcoming furlough days there are several units which will now be open four days a week. The expected furlough days are scheduled to take place between July 8 and September 21. 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group- Closed on Fridays Airman and Family Readiness Center- Closed on Fridays Child Development Center- will maintain…

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