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D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities to respond to an aircraft crash incident with a mass-casualty piece involved,” said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th…

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Don’t underestimate the importance of sacrifices

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better…

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New Airmen get their bearings

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Riding for the future of cycling

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…


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America’s warriors compete

Posted  September 6, 2013

The subjects of this story have chosen to omit their full names for operational security. One percent of the American population joins the military, and an even smaller percentage of that number serves in special operations forces. Being part of such a distinctive career field brings with it a certain set of survival and triage…

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Airmen make a difference with Awana

Posted  September 6, 2013

Courtesy Photo Awana volunteers play a game at Davis-Monthan. Awana volunteers can be spouses, services members or DoD employees. Are you looking for a way to serve your community in a positive way? The Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed group may be the thing for you. The organization derives its name from the Bible verse…

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AF tuition assistance application window delayed for FY14

Posted  September 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Airmen applying for tuition assistance in fiscal 2014 will see several changes in both eligibility for and administration of the program. Due to these changes, the application window for classes beginning on or after Oct. 1 will not open until Sept. 9 to allow for system updates. This program is applicable to Guard and…

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Same-sex spouses eligible for join spouse, accompanied assignments

Posted  September 6, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force military members with same-sex active duty spouses are now eligible for join spouse assignment consideration and those with a civilian same-sex spouse are now eligible for command sponsorship consideration, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Following a June 26 Supreme Court decision finding Section 3 of…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Daniel O. Trudeau / 355 CES First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Bill Fortenberry Duty title: Structures Shop Chief When joined the Air Force: Nov. 19, 2002 Hometown: Onawa, Iowa Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, old Chevy muscle cars Selection Reasons: Tech. Sgt. Trudeau is one of Civil Engineering’s most stellar NCO’s. He led his…

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Subject matter experts work together to enhance base security

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin Master Sgt. Kurt Lugar, 355th Security Forces superintendent, looks over a map of Tucson with a team of subject matter experts. Lugar and the SMEs are planning ways to defend base assets from possible threats. With millions of dollars worth of assets, the Air Force…

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Fighting in her own way

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths Ellen Jimenez, the chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, displays 355th Fighter Wing jersey given to her by base leadership for her efforts in supporting the base. As a member of the MAC, Jimenez has helped to foster…

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Airmen use hardships to help others

Posted  September 6, 2013

Two D-M Airmen hosted a Go Gold event, August 16, to give back to something that has changed their lives.

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Official notes progress in suicide prevention effort

Posted  September 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense Department’s suicide prevention program, the Pentagon official in charge of the effort said here Aug. 30. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Jacqueline Garrick said…

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Stress management vital to Airmen

Posted  September 6, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts. “People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington,…

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