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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson) World

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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Commentary

This Thanksgiving focus on what really matters

Posted  November 26, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. — If you want the perfect Thanksgiving, remember this: what time you eat doesn’t matter, the table setting doesn’t matter, who wins the football game doesn’t matter, and most importantly, the food doesn’t really matter. What matters are the shared moments with our friends and families, and the warm memories that will…

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Events

More than just a tour

Posted  November 26, 2013

Students from schools around the Tucson community were given a tour of D-M Nov. 14. The visit was sponsored by the Southeast Regional Cooperative of the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Ten students with hearing impairments, accompanied by teachers and parents, were treated to an A-10 display and guided on a tour of…

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ALS: A journey to becoming a successful leader

Posted  November 21, 2013

I was once told that a true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. I…

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Pentagon beefs up contractor information security requirements

Posted  November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON – An amendment published yesterday to the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement will require defense contractors to incorporate established information security standards on their unclassified networks and to report cyber-intrusion incidents that result in the loss of unclassified controlled technical information from these networks. The amendment will apply to all new contracts that will use…

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Salutes & Awards

Community College of the Air Force Graduates

Posted  November 21, 2013

Congratulations to the following 2013 Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Fall Graduates, job well done! Senior Master Sgt. ERIC REYESFERNANDEZ Tech. Sgt.  CARRIE EZELL Tech. Sgt. CARRIE TODD Staff Sgt. JANIS ROMAWAC Master Sgt.  ANGELA BANKS Staff Sgt. JUSTIN HEADLEY Senior Airman NICOLE BELL Senior Airman MELISA FERNANDEZ Senior Airman BRIAN HUCK Senior…

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Importance of on-the-spot corrections

Posted  November 21, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — A senior NCO asked me about five months ago if I had some time to discuss some [Airmen] issues. “Sure, let’s discuss it over lunch,” I replied. “I’ll meet you at the food court.” To my surprise the member asked if we could go somewhere else, and said that he avoids…

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563rd Rescue Group practices rescue tactics

Posted  November 21, 2013

An HH-60 Pavehawk from the 55th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., flies over Tucson during alternate insertion and extraction training with the pararescuemen of the 48th Rescue Squadron, Nov. 13 Air Force pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron rappels from a 55th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pavehawk during alternate insertion and extraction training…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M welcomes five new Chief Master Sergeants

Posted  November 21, 2013

Congratulations on joining on the ranks of Chief Master Sergeant! (C) MSgt Kevin Wendt, 612 Support Squadron (C) MSgt Todd Popovic, 48th Rescue Squadron (C) MSgt Brett McCracken, 355th Operational Support Squadron (C) MSgt Nathan Zinn, 68th Guardian Angel Training Flight (C) MSgt Christian Cahalan, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

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Events

Local Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted  November 21, 2013

Retiree’s Will Night Dec. 12, 4 – 7 p.m. The legal office will be offering a Retiree Wills Night on Dec. 12, from 4 – 7 p.m. Retiree Will Nights are held twice a year as a way to provide estate planning to retirees. To make an appointment please call 520-228-4912. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club Dec. 12, 11…

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Health & Safety

How to combat bullying in the digital age

Posted  November 21, 2013

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Watching the news, many parents may feel perplexed by the recent surge of “cyberbullying.” Cyberbullying? What is that? This relatively new phenomena is unchartered waters for most parents and keeping children safe in this new technological arena can be anxiety provoking. Cyberbullying is defined as deliberately using digital media to communicate false,…

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