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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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D-M, military retirees have $1.47 billion impact on local community

Posted  April 24, 2014

D-M and military retirees circulated approximately $1.47 billion and helped create more than 4,400 jobs in the local area, according to D-M’s Fiscal Year 2013 Economic Impact Analysis, released here April 10. The EIA, an annual publication, is designed to inform the community of personnel assigned or employed at the base; annual payroll of all…

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See evil, hear evil, speak up

Posted  April 24, 2014

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AFNS) — Everyone has met one or two Airmen who agree with their leaders’ decisions even though the decisions are against Air Force policies or directives. They refuse to speak up about the violation and would rather follow orders because they don’t want to rock the boat. They may even…

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BAH recertification

Posted  April 24, 2014

The call to have all members recertify their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) “with dependent” rate is a Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) mandate in order to establish a method of complying with the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization for document retention. Members who receive “with dependent” rate include those who are married to…

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Introducing the ‘unnamed conspirator’

Posted  April 24, 2014

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) — As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a briefing was held April 18 here, to help educate Airmen on the impact of sexual assault across the service and the nation and how they can get involved in the fight to change the culture that supports it. Speaking during the…

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Academic help is a click away for military kids

Posted  April 24, 2014

The pressure is on for military students (and their parents) as kids face homework, papers, exams and standardized tests. Decrease your family’s stress levels and improve your children’s grades with personalized tutoring offered online and at no cost to children in military families. All Kindergarten-grade 12 students in eligible U.S. military families can access Tutor.com…

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Airman consumed by alcohol fights back

Posted  April 24, 2014

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA. — With his suicide note placed neatly on the bed, he got dressed and headed to work. His plan was to pretend everything was OK, arm up for training, and then take his own life. In his note, the Airman wrote to his friends, family, supervisor, leadership and himself. He apologized…

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Local Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 24, 2014

Military Children School Transitions Training   May 7-8, 8:30 a.m. – 4p.m. – Hilton Tucson East The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is offering a two day seminar aimed at “Supporting Military Children through School Transitions: Social/Emotional”.  The course is open to military parents, guidance counselors, educators, school administration and caring adults interested in learning…

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Local Briefs April 18, 2014

Posted  April 17, 2014

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet April 21, noon – 1 p.m. – Golden Corral Restaurant Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr.  The April meeting will be Monday, April 21. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30…

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Diamond Sharp April 18, 2014

Posted  April 17, 2014

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jessica Nail / 612 AOC (CPD) First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jamie Harwick Duty Title: ATO Production Technician When joined the AF: August 16, 2011 Hometown: Cambridge, Illinois Hobbies: Soccer, Playing musical instruments, and Auto-mechanics Selection Reasons:   Airman Nail was handpicked to participate in a two part development and operational testing…

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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

Posted  April 17, 2014

MARANA, Ariz. — The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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