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Summer burnout

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also wear us down. Juggling work, family schedules, vacation times, and outdoor squadron activities can take a toll. The chronic engagement of these activities can cause stress, fatigue and eventually summer burnout. According to the American Psychological Association,…

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Proper flag display honors nation’s history, ultimate sacrifices

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — From front yards to the top of the White House, people have flown U.S. flags as emblems for sacrifice and independence. But to honor Old Glory, they must display it with proper etiquette year-round. According to Title 4 of the U.S. Code, it is “universal custom to display the…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier) Health & Safety

Davis-Monthan gets mentally fit to fight

The 355th Fighter Wing participated in the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day, Aug. 11. CAF is a lifestyle taught to strengthen an Airman with four domains: mental, physical, social and spiritual. This quarter’s CAF Day focuses on the mental aspect. The Airmen were educated on approaching life’s challenges in a positive way by demonstrating self-control, stamina…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) Salutes & Awards

Airman lifts Arizona record to new elevations

An Airman stepped onto the platform, hands at his side, ready. He closes his eyes, blocked out all distractions and focused on the task at hand. Once he’s chalked up and squats down, the gun goes off. Staff Sgt. David Labrie, 612th Support Squadron lead meteorologist, participated in the 2014 National Powerlifting Competition, which was…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Raughton) Health & Safety

HPV vaccine provides important safeguards

BETHESDA, Md. – Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. It can lead to cervical and anal cancer — which, combined, account for more than 250,000 deaths worldwide each year. Furthermore, HPV also causes genital warts, which affects 360,000 people annually in the United States alone. Fortunately, said Air…


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U.S. Army basic combatives course comes to D-M

Posted  August 15, 2013

Air Force Airmen and Army soldiers participated in the U.S. Army Basic Combatives Course at Davis-Monthan July 22 to 26. The 40-hour course teaches participants basic hand-to-hand combat, and is open to all armed forces members, whether they are active duty, reservist, guard or retiree. Army soldiers participate in the U.S. Army Basic Combatives Course….

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D-M holds Knoche-Hahn Memorial Aquathon, 5k

Posted  August 15, 2013

Outdoor Recreation here held the 6th Annual Knoche-Hahn Memorial Aquathon and 5k Aug. 3, at the outdoor pool. The event is held in remembrance of Angela Knoche, a former civilian lifeguard on D-M, and Staff Sgt. Timothy Hahn, formerly assigned to the 563rd Maintenance Squadron. Knoche and Hahn were part of a group hiking through…

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Air Force

Air Force looks to fill developmental special duties

Posted  August 15, 2013

The Air Force has recently identified 10 special duties as enlisted developmental positions that need all openings occupied. This gives commanders the opportunity to nominate their top Airmen to their respective major commands. The special duties will be filled by the most qualified staff sergeants, technical sergeants and master sergeants. The list of developmental special…

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Airmen donate to local shelter

Posted  August 15, 2013

The Career Development Center is holding an in-house pet supply donation for the Pima Animal Care Center. During an office pow-wow, leadership and their Airmen brainstormed ways they could give back to the community. They came up with volunteering with a local shelter. Everyone attended a volunteering briefing. After volunteering a few times the Airmen…

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Servicemembers must follow local vehicle emissions standards

Posted  August 15, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – Airmen with vehicles registered out-of-state are still subject to local emissions standards, according to the 1990 Federal Clean Air Act Amendments. Even with authorization to maintain out-of-state registration under the provisions of the Service members Civil Relief Act, local inspection and testing of a vehicle’s emissions system may be required in…

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Health & Safety

Heat injuries — No time to get complacent

Posted  August 15, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – The high temperatures for Arizona through the month of August continue to stay in the low 100s. But, it’s only halfway through the summer and heat injuries can still happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, people who work in hot environments may be at risk for…

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Enlisted Airmen may be eligible for medical prep school

Posted  August 15, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Active-duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but “intent to apply” emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 12. The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program offers enlisted…

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Early retirement application window closes Aug. 19

Posted  August 15, 2013

Airmen interested in early retirement through the Temporary Early Retirement Authority Program must submit their application no later than Aug. 19, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. TERA, or the 15-year retirement program, is one of several force management programs the Air Force has implemented for fiscal 2014 to meet end-strength goals, said Lt. Col….

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Local Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 15, 2013

Scheduled Power Outage There will be an electrical outage Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance. The following buildings will be affected by the outage: 5303, 5301, 5309, 5314, 5315, 5305, 5318, 5329 and 5320. Please plan accordingly. DM Thrift Shop now open DM Thrift Shop reopened on August 6th!…

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Salutes & Awards

Logistician of the Year

Posted  August 15, 2013

Senior Airman Sammie Ervan, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron base support plan manager, was awarded the Air Force-level Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year award here Aug. 6. Ervan was nominated for the award in 2012. His supervisor at the time, Staff Sgt. Mariko McClain, prepared the package without his knowledge. “The first I heard about…

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