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Thunderbolt bounces back after belly landingThunderbolt bounces back after belly landing

On the evening of Sept. 30, an A-10 stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was coming back to base for a routine landing after completing a standard sortie. Just when everything seemed to be going as planned, disaster struck! The main landing gear failed to extend, putting the pilot in a tough spot. During an…

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Down and out at Dyess: Air Force Assistance Fund to the rescue

It was scary, leaving home and joining an organization such as the United States Air Force. The people, job, and location were all brand new. When I joined the military, I came from a less than honorable home life.  I come from a single family household and my brother left my sister and me as…

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Chief serves beyond active-duty

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more than 18 years ago, but he never stopped serving his country and community. “As I was parking at the Veteran’s Association clinic, I saw a gentleman across the street get out of an old rickety van,” Burden said. “He was an amputee…

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D-M Airman: I am an IRONMAN

On Nov. 16th, Senior Airman Daniel Hughes, 355th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, tested his fitness limits and participated in IRONMAN Arizona. IRONMAN Arizona is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim around Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz., followed by a 112-mile bike ride which consists of a three loop course that heads out of…

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Click, Click, Boom!

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It all begins with a duck-face, a peace sign and a selfie. From there, a photo taken in front of the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Wherever is posted to Airman Duck-face’s Facebook wall. It is shared by crazy Aunt Jane, who passes it along to Cousin Joey. Joey is…


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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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Combat Air Forces resume flying

Posted  July 18, 2013

Combat Air Forces units from multiple commands, including the 354th Fighter Squadron here, began flying again this week after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration. The restored flying hour program represents Congressional action on the $1.8 billion overseas contingency operations reprogramming action made peacetime dollars available. The Air Force Council…

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Local Briefs July 19, 2013

Posted  July 18, 2013

Summary courts officer notice for Gabriel R. Garza It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. Gabriel R. Garza, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Capt. John R. Ware, 355th CMS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal property and…

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Avoiding retreat is cowardly

Posted  July 18, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — It was one of the first beautiful days in a very long while in and around Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia. Rain was predicted, but I was hoping it would hold out until I completed the walk to my on-base residence. As I was about to walk out…

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D-M’s BSP under annual review

Posted  July 18, 2013

D-M’s base support plan is now under its annual review. A base support plan lists a base’s resources and capabilities. It’s a chart developed for every base with a permanent presence. The program is Air Force-wide and controlled by each base’s Log Plan office. “Reviews have to be completed before the calendar date of the…

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Cheating Death: A story about second chances

Posted  July 18, 2013

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — May 27, 2012, is a day that Tech. Sgt. Mark Hopkins will never forget — even though it’s a day he can barely remember. It was the day he made a choice that drastically altered his life forever, and almost ended it in the process. “All I remember is…

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Ten special duties become developmental opportunities

Posted  July 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Selection for 10 special duty fields is now a nominative rather than volunteer-based process, Air Force officials announced today. In the past, any qualified Airman who met eligibility criteria defined in the special duty catalog could apply for a special duty opportunity. However, as resources become scarcer, Air Force leaders…

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FY13 Technical sergeant-selects not eligible for NCORP Phase II

Posted  July 18, 2013

With the June 27 public release of technical sergeant selections, the Total Force Service Center has seen an increase of calls from technical sergeant-selects concerned about being selected for non-voluntary retraining as part of the Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program Phase II. However, they are not eligible for non-voluntary selection. The NCORP is a two-phase program…

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Exchange celebrates 118 years of service

Posted  July 18, 2013

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service celebrates a past, present and future of savings and service on July 25, the organization’s 118th anniversary. In recognition of this historic milestone, the Exchange is offering two fantastic dining deals for authorized patrons to enjoy. First, Express locations worldwide will be offering any size fountain…

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162nd Fighter Wing graduates first Iraqi pilots

Posted  July 18, 2013

While the Republic of Iraq builds a strong defensive posture in the Middle East as it faces the challenges of securing its new democratic course at home, the 162nd Fighter Wing at the Tucson International Airport graduated two Iraqi air force (IqAF) F-16 pilots June 27. An occasion one would arguably find unimaginable a decade…

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