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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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Salutes & Awards

Test center welcomes new commander; praises ‘Total Force Integration’

Posted  May 9, 2013

An Air Guard command pilot took the reins as commander of the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) at the 162nd Fighter Wing after a change-of-command ceremony here May 3.

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World

Airmen weather Bagram

Posted  May 9, 2013

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – No one can control the weather, but the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron weather flight makes a great effort to control its effect on operations here.

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Air Force

The primary instructor

Posted  May 9, 2013

When a new recruit arrives at basic training, their first introduction to what an Airman should be is their military training instructor. They teach them everything from customs and courtesies, to uniform standards, to drill. Master Sgt. Tibetha Pascal, 355th Force Support Squadron acting first sergeant, spent five years shaping the future of the Air…

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Faith in captivity: Vietnam War POW inspires Airmen

Posted  May 9, 2013

MILWAUKEE (AFNS) — With his hands bound in manacles, an imprisoned Air Force pilot watched from his bamboo holding cell as North Vietnamese soldiers moved a wounded American prisoner into the cell across from his. The pilot was shocked at the man’s appearance; his fingers were raw and his body was emaciated. His whole body was covered…

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Events

Local Briefs May 10, 2013

Posted  May 9, 2013

Legal Office Closure The Legal Office will be closed May 17, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Legal will also be closed May 23 – 27. Summer Camp for Youth with Autism There is still time left to register for Tucson Alliance for Autism Summer Day Camps.  The Explorer Camps are for children ages…

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D-M, military retirees have $1.6 billion impact on local community

Posted  May 2, 2013

D-M and military retirees circulated approximately $1.6 billion and helped create more than 4,680 jobs in the local area, according to D-M’s Fiscal Year 2012 Economic Impact Analysis, released here April 26. The EIA, an annual publication, is designed to inform the community of personnel assigned or employed at the base; annual payroll of all…

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Health & Safety

Free defense class offered to women

Posted  May 2, 2013

The 355th Security Forces Squadron and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program offer a free basic self-defense class here about once a month The Rape Aggression Defense Systems class teaches women realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques against various types of assault.

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Events

May 2013 is Career Month at Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  May 2, 2013

The DMAFB Annual Career Fair will be held on Tues, May 21, from 10am to 2pm at the Mirage Club. Representatives from numerous local and national companies, including state and federal government agencies, will be on hand to provide information on career opportunities with their respective organizations.  The Airman & Family Readiness Center will be…

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SecAF announces departure

Posted  May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley has announced his plan to step down June 21 as the Air Force’s top civilian after serving for nearly five years. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve with our Air Force’s great Airmen,” Donley said. “Their accomplishments have been nothing short of impressive and…

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Family servicemembers’ group life insurance benefit changes

Posted  May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. The change was effective Jan. 2, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, who heads the Defense Department’s SGLI policy office, said in an interview…

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