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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…

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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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AF launches enhanced professional development site

Posted  February 20, 2014

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  — The Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development recently made available a new tool to assist civilians with their professional development. The Civilian Development Resource Center is an online clearinghouse providing access to development roadmaps and learning programs and thousands of no-cost courses, books, videos, job aids, simulations, articles and much…

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Green Machine

Posted  February 20, 2014

A base-wide Green Machine will take place Feb. 18-21. Green Machine is a project that allows the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron to focus efforts on trimming trees and picking up debris from facility managers around the base. An e-mail notification from CE was sent to all facility managers with the information needed to prepare their…

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D-M hosts 16.4 MW solar array ribbon cutting ceremony

Posted  February 20, 2014

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Davis-Monthan photovoltaic solar array project was held here, Feb. 13. The 16.4 megawatt solar array is the largest of its kind on any U.S. Department of Defense installation. “It is satisfying and gratifying, after 25 years in this industry, the leadership that has been shown and continues to…

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Don’t know what you got (till it’s gone)

Posted  February 20, 2014

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AFNS) — In the fall of 1988, the hair metal band Cinderella delivered to the world a pearl of wisdom beyond their years when they melodically destroyed our eardrums with “Don’t know what you got (till it’s gone).” This power ballad’s intended message refers to the harsh reality lovers…

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Think before sending: Protecting PII

Posted  February 20, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Network security is more than just a buzzword. It is an important tool used to secure not just information related to national security but also personal security. The Air Force, Army and the entire Department of Defense take information assurance and the protection of personal information seriously. As of October 2013, individuals…

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Local Briefs

Posted  February 20, 2014

Leaders Are Readers Book Club Are you looking for some mentorship and development? Do you like to read? Then Leaders are Readers is for you! Our purpose is to enhance the professional growth of all Desert Lighting Team members through reading and mentoring. Leaders are Readers discuss leadership novels from the CSAF Reading List as…

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D-M girls selected for Military child of the year award

Posted  February 20, 2014

Two local area children whose parents are stationed here have been selected as semi-finalists for Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year. The two finalists are Karrington Pryor, age 13 and Caylin Taylor, age 8. Karrington is the daughter of Tech. Sgt. Abbi Cabeen, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, section chief, and step-daughter of Master Sgt….

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Sports

Former road warrior lives lifestyle of fitness

Posted  February 20, 2014

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.  — Life is full of accomplishments. For some, those may include passing a college exam, winning an award or learning to drive. For one Airman, running 48.6 miles over four days was his most recent challenge. You might even say this test of endurance left him feeling a bit ‘Dopey’. In January,…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE For Life begins notifications for pharmacy pilot program

Posted  February 20, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – TRICARE For Life beneficiaries soon will receive letters guiding them to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy for some prescriptions as part of a congressionally mandated pilot program, officials of the military health care plan said. TRICARE For Life is secondary coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have both Medicare…

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Airmen help other Airmen stay fit

Posted  February 20, 2014

The members of the Fitness Assessment Cell detail are responsible to ensure that Airmen here stay fit to fight during their enlistment. The FAC detail team is made up of Airmen who are designated Physical Training Leaders in their work areas. PTLs are responsible for helping fellow Airmen maintain physical fitness standards, by assembling challenging…

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