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Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7. Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Douglas, Arizona, during a night training mission.  He trained with Air Guard members…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

  SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

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Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

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Fuel systems repair hangar officially opens

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron’s joint fuel cell repair hangar ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13. The facility was constructed to improve efficiency within the joint fuel cell leading to the reduction in man hours and operating costs. The new hangar is Air Combat Command’s largest aircraft fuel systems repair section. It supports eight…


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AF firefighting aircraft repositioned

Posted  July 11, 2013

BOISE, Idaho (AFNS) — The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center here, has directed the repositioning of military Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System aircraft from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Mesa, Ariz. “The weather and progress on the ground have helped us in the Four Corners region,” said Col. Charles D. Davis III, the commander…

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Health & Safety

Tips for the upcoming monsoon season

Posted  July 11, 2013

With the monsoon season fast approaching, members of the D-M community should be prepared for the rough weather. A monsoon consists of hard rain with hail, severe lightning, strong winds, and flashfloods. Tucson is expected to experience monsoons from June to September. “One of the main dangers of a monsoon is a flashflood which can…

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79th Rescue Squadron deploys to Italy

Posted  July 11, 2013

Recently the 79th Rescue Squadron left for a deployment to Italy. The squadron is expected to be away for a continuous 18 months. The 79th RQS will be relieving a rescue squadron from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., from their 18 month tour. This will be the first deployment for the 79th RQS with the…

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D-M’s Vet Clinic not just for military working dogs

Posted  July 11, 2013

The Veterinary Clinic here doesn’t just provide care for military working dogs, but also for the Desert Lightening Team furry friends at home. The Vet Clinic provides services for active duty, guard, reserve and retiree pets. “As long as you’re military and use the Medical Group Clinic on base, you can use our facility for…

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Spreading the Air Force story at home

Posted  July 11, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE, Miss. — The Recruiter Assistance Program is a way Airmen can both give back to the Air Force in a unique setting and see family essentially for free, and it’s allowed to all active-duty Airmen. Having Airmen bring the Air Force story to their hometown by assisting the local recruiter can be vital. “I…

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AF leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Posted  July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian Airmen face involuntary furlough…

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All-day water outage scheduled for July 26

Posted  July 11, 2013

There will be a water outage here July 26, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance. The following buildings will be affected by the outage: 7101, 7391, 7401, 7199, 7213, 7406, 7431, 7425, 7427, 7438, 7435, 7437, 7408, 7428, 7405, 7506, 7505, 7508, 7420, 7818, 7819, 7823, 7824, 7825, 7815, 7822, 7801,…

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New manual covers mentoring program

Posted  July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A new Air Force manual that provides detailed information on mentoring within the Air Force, including the definition, program benefits and objectives, has been published. Air Force Manual 36-2643, Air Force Mentoring Program, incorporates information from, and supersedes, AFI 36-3401, Air Force Mentoring Program. “Effective mentoring is an excellent tool to ensure Airmen continue…

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Health & Safety

Special Victims’ Counsel provides advocacy, support for sexual assault survivors

Posted  July 11, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — In continuing the war against sexual assault, the Air Force recently established the Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) Program, designed to give sexual assault survivors legal assistance in navigating the criminal justice system with help from lawyers trained to handle their unique needs. The SVCs provide direct legal advice to clients throughout…

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Find a reason to quit

Posted  July 18, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — I smoked my first cigarette on a random day during technical training, and I admit to my own dismay, it was completely because of peer pressure. Months later when the ritual became less of a bonding experience with my friends and more of a habit, I was confronted with the reality…

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