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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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Local

Rescue Airmen work together to save an injured hiker

Posted  January 9, 2014

On the evening of Dec. 19 Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron and 55th Rescue Squadron performed a real-world rescue mission to save an elderly woman who had fallen while hiking in the mountains. The 70-year-old hiker, who was visiting from Portal, Ariz., slipped on the loose terrain and sustained a fractured hip. A member…

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DoD

Pentagon announces upcoming changes to imminent danger pay

Posted  January 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department announced Jan. 3, changes in imminent danger pay, or IDP, that will go into effect June 1, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters here. “This is a process that began (in 2011),” he said, and “included in-depth threat assessment from the combatant commands. It was made in…

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AMARG cuts final B-52

Posted  January 9, 2014

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group started deconstruction on the final B-52G Stratofortress, Dec. 19. This Aircraft saw service in seven bomb wings within the U.S. Air Force, flew numerous missions in Vietnam during Operation Linebacker II and is the 39th B-52G to be eliminated in compliance with the with the new Strategic Arms…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M member receives Bronze Star Medal with Valor

Posted  January 9, 2014

Whether computer-based or hands-on, military members are in a constant state of training. Some training, such as the Career Development Course new Airmen must complete, is learned and immediately applied to day-to-day operations. Others, like Self-Aid and Buddy Care, only apply to specific situations. Most Airmen have been fortunate enough to never need their SABC…

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Health & Safety

Protect your property

Posted  January 9, 2014

What Is Operation Identification? Operation Identification (Operation ID) is a citizen’s burglary prevention program for use in homes and businesses. The Operation ID program involves marking property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. It also provides police with a way to identify property should it be stolen and recovered….

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Air Force

SFS becomes more resilient

Posted  January 9, 2014

Every Airman has heard ‘resiliency, resiliency, resiliency.’ One squadron took the time to give their Airmen easier access to becoming resilient. The 355th Security Forces Squadron senior leaders created a ‘resiliency room’ for less than $100 for members of the squadron to use in their spare time. The room contains a computer and resources from…

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Enlisted retention board to convene in June

Posted  January 9, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  — An enlisted retention board will convene here in June to consider eligible senior airmen through senior master sergeants for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The enlisted retention program is one of several expanded force management programs that have been or will be implemented this year, said Lt. Col. Rick Garcia, the…

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Commentary

Stepping Forward

Posted  January 9, 2014

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Recently I came across an interesting quote from Admiral Togo Heihachiro, Commander of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905: “If your sword is too short, take one step forward.” Given the environment of reduced budgets, fiscal challenges and potential manpower shortages facing the Air Force, this quote…

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Veterans

Service members are assisted with transition

Posted  January 9, 2014

So you’re getting out of the military and you’re trying to figure what’s next for your life. The initial thought that comes to most people’s mind is, “What am I going to do first?” The conversion from military to civilian life can be stressful but the military has a variety of ways to help through…

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Health & Safety

Missed appointments waste money

Posted  January 9, 2014

With today’s fast-paced lifestyle it’s easy to forget things. For instance, preparing your service coat for a ceremony you’re involved in the next day might cause you to forget to return a movie you rented, or trying to finish up an Evaluation Performance Report before the deadline may cause you to miss a scheduled dental…

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